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Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Find 'trial' varieties by browsing seed catalogues

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Find 'trial' varieties by browsing seed catalogues

Both print and online seed catalogues often have listings of the year’s new variety introductions.
Condo Smarts: Operational elevator a basic requirement

Condo Smarts: Operational elevator a basic requirement

Lack of accessibility can put strata association at risk
House Beautiful: Green thumb cultivates garden on a mountainside

House Beautiful: Green thumb cultivates garden on a mountainside

A stop on the Sooke Secret Garden Tour features a beautiful oasis carefully designed by the homeowner on a property which is one quarter exposed rock.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Coolish spring has prolonged bloom

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Coolish spring has prolonged bloom

A big, old Cynthia has filled my kitchen sink window with its huge pink flower trusses.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: 'Chelsea chop' prolongs flowering

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: 'Chelsea chop' prolongs flowering

The Chelsea chop method can be used on substantial clumps of tall garden phlox (Phlox paniculata), Monarda (bee balm), Heliopsis, Echinacea and similar plants.
Condo Smarts: No specified time period for project completion

Condo Smarts: No specified time period for project completion

Owners have the opportunity to challenge the terms and conditions of the resolution
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: How to increase moisture retention in potted plants

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: How to increase moisture retention in potted plants

Adding a heavier, more substantial all-purpose sterilized soil adds substance and “staying power” to potting mix.
Condo Smarts: Council must pay back unused portion of levy

Condo Smarts: Council must pay back unused portion of levy

The Strata Property Act sets the conditions for funds remaining from a special levy
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Cool temperatures curbed weed

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Cool temperatures curbed weed

Last year saw a week-long heat wave in mid-May, followed by a long, dry period until significant rains began in mid-October. Let’s hope for less difficult growing conditions this year.
Helen Chesnut: Low on bees? pollinate fruit trees by hand

Helen Chesnut: Low on bees? pollinate fruit trees by hand

Gather pollen from one tree’s flowers on a soft paint brush and shake it into a container. Then brush the pollen onto the blooms of the other tree.