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Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Thriving Langford banana plant is likely Musa basjoo

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Thriving Langford banana plant is likely Musa basjoo

Hardy tropical plant is grown commercially for fibre and lends Mediterranean look to the garden
Condo Smarts: Strata has seven days to provide forms; no limit on rush fees

Condo Smarts: Strata has seven days to provide forms; no limit on rush fees

Rush order is a courtesy to the buyer and seller whose agents did not give reasonable notice for the forms
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: How to harvest and ripen homegrown kiwi fruit

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: How to harvest and ripen homegrown kiwi fruit

To ripen kiwis, bring some in from cold storage and place them in a plastic bag with a ripe apple.
Condo Smarts: Converting to bare land strata a pricey and complicated process

Condo Smarts: Converting to bare land strata a pricey and complicated process

This type of change will affect how your properties are valued, how utilities and services are provided, any easements, financing requirements, tax assessments, and insurance liabilities
How British Columbians can protect their home from flooding

How British Columbians can protect their home from flooding

From an emergency kit to simple household maintenance, there are a number of steps British Columbians can take to safeguard their home before another set of serious storms hits the South Coast.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Move houseplants inside before chilly weather arrives

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Move houseplants inside before chilly weather arrives

A plant left outdoors as the weather cools in early autumn will suffer fairly severe shock from being moved abruptly from cold to warm temperatures
Victoria couple turning B.C. Ferries lifeboat into floating tiny home

Victoria couple turning B.C. Ferries lifeboat into floating tiny home

As housing prices skyrocketed after they sold a condo, the couple realized they would not likely be re-entering the conventional housing market.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Treasured rose plant a reminder of garden's early days

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Treasured rose plant a reminder of garden's early days

Narrow Water is tough yet dainty-looking, well-behaved and long-blooming
Condo Smarts: Strata's walkways, driveways and backyards are common property

Condo Smarts: Strata's walkways, driveways and backyards are common property

The obligation to maintain and repair property is frequently misunderstood and confused by owners and strata councils
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Jasmine can be grown as vine or shrub

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Jasmine can be grown as vine or shrub

Star jasmine blooms in late spring and summer with artfully formed flowers, in a sort of pinwheel fashion