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Condo Smarts: Don't underestimate the value of warranties

Condo Smarts: Don't underestimate the value of warranties

Dear Tony: Our townhouse complex in Burnaby recently hired a roofing company to correct a number of leaks that were identified in the early spring storms.
Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: For next garlic crop, plant best of this year's bulbs

Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: For next garlic crop, plant best of this year's bulbs

Dear Helen: I managed to grow decent garlic bulbs last year and again this year, and would like to use some of the bulbs for planting in the fall.
Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Hawk family moves into the neighbourhood

Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Hawk family moves into the neighbourhood

Heavily featured in neighbourhood news this summer has been a pair of hawks nesting in a giant fir tree across the street from my home.
Condo Smarts: Special levy must meet conditions of Strata Act

Condo Smarts: Special levy must meet conditions of Strata Act

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation had a flood in our 52-unit building almost two years ago. It was caused by an owner who renovated their kitchen and resulted from a breached water line from mounting screws.
Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Cucumber plants happier outside the greenhouse

Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Cucumber plants happier outside the greenhouse

Dear Helen: In a long, deep, narrow box planter in my greenhouse there is a series of tall, large-leaved cucumber vines that began flagging last month. The leaves are slightly yellowed and limp.
Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Tips on watering amid heat, drought

Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Tips on watering amid heat, drought

Despite the relentless tedium of trying to keep plantings alive in the heat and drought, the garden has been delivering a delectable array of tasty snacks.
Condo Smarts: Parking spaces in common property can't be purchased by owners

Condo Smarts: Parking spaces in common property can't be purchased by owners

Dear Tony: Our strata council president recently posted a notice in our building indicating there are 10 additional parking spaces available for sale at a rate of $15,000 from the strata corporation.
Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: It’s OK to order seeds from companies in different climates

Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: It’s OK to order seeds from companies in different climates

Dear Helen: Your recent advice to begin planning for acquiring the seeds that will be needed for next year raised a question for me.
Condo Smarts: Strata council can't change outcome of meeting once  it is finished

Condo Smarts: Strata council can't change outcome of meeting once it is finished

Dear Tony : At our recent annual meeting, we had five resolutions on the agenda that included repairs to our roof to come from our contingency fund.
House Beautiful: Arbutus tree inspires contemporary Deep Cove home

House Beautiful: Arbutus tree inspires contemporary Deep Cove home

A centuries-old arbutus tree was a source of inspiration for a contemporary-style Deep Cove home, whose owners aimed to keep as many trees as possible when preparing their one-acre forested lot for construction.