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Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Alyssum brings swarms of beneficial hover flies

Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Alyssum brings swarms of beneficial hover flies

On the morning after the election, I ambled up the gentle incline into the back garden, with the intent of capturing a decent photo of the imposing shoo-fly (Nicandra) plants that had volunteered their presence in two of the vegetable plots.
Condo Smarts: Storm season is here. Is your strata ready?

Condo Smarts: Storm season is here. Is your strata ready?

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation was caught unprepared in the recent rain storms.
Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Heirloom tomato plants sometimes produce misshapen fruit

Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Heirloom tomato plants sometimes produce misshapen fruit

Dear Helen: I grew two Cherokee Purple tomato plants, side by side, this summer. One produced nicely formed tomatoes, the other almost all misshapen fruits. Can you think of any explanation for this? M.C.
Condo Smarts: Can strata council demand to see vaccine cards?

Condo Smarts: Can strata council demand to see vaccine cards?

Dear Tony: A notice has just been issued by our strata council demanding disclosure of vaccine passports.
House Beautiful: Shipping-container home a case of thinking outside the box

House Beautiful: Shipping-container home a case of thinking outside the box

Adam Benning created his dream home — from a recycled shipping container.
Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Flowers in the food plot lift spirits, control pests

Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Flowers in the food plot lift spirits, control pests

Early in the spring I decided to spruce up the vegetable garden with flowers planted along plot edges. The space is divided into four plots by a central path and a cross path. The results have been gratifying.
Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Knitted 'hammock' a fun way to support squashes

Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Knitted 'hammock' a fun way to support squashes

Dear Helen: Next year I want to grow as many food plants as possible vertically, on trellising or wire fencing, to save space.
Six-bedroom waterfront Saanich Peninsula home sells for record $22.75M

Six-bedroom waterfront Saanich Peninsula home sells for record $22.75M

An unknown buyer has paid $22.75 million, the full asking price, for a six-bedroom waterfront home that sits on just over five acres on the Saanich Peninsula.
Condo Smarts: Replace three roofs at once for a better price

Condo Smarts: Replace three roofs at once for a better price

Dear Tony: Our owners approved just enough funds to replace one roof in our complex. We have three buildings each with 28 units, all the same age, and the roofing is in the same poor condition.
Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Hard at work like a squirrel at harvest time

Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Hard at work like a squirrel at harvest time

This year’s harvesting period (my “squirrelly” time) has been crowded with processing garden foods and storing them for winter meals.