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Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: How to prune your 'everbearing' raspberries

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: How to prune your 'everbearing' raspberries

“Everbearing” raspberries give an early summer crop and another in late summer to early autumn
House Beautiful: Modern farmhouse style ideal for rural Deep Cove property

House Beautiful: Modern farmhouse style ideal for rural Deep Cove property

After spending months researching what type of house they wanted, the couple chose this popular architectural style, with its clean lines and natural elements, for their first new build.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Gardening a source of happiness in troubled times

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Gardening a source of happiness in troubled times

Newly dug up bed will bring joy with assortment of summer flowers and will also be a happily busy place for pollinators and other beneficial insects
Condo Smarts: Strata can't charge owner to view records maintained under act

Condo Smarts: Strata can't charge owner to view records maintained under act

A bylaw that imposes this fee does not comply with the act and is not enforceable.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: How to nurture an amaryllis to bloom again

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: How to nurture an amaryllis to bloom again

While the traditional method for the post-bloom care and re-flowering of amaryllis is a safe bet, other growing methods are also worth a try
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: When growth buds begin to swell, it's time for winter pruning

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: When growth buds begin to swell, it's time for winter pruning

Another marker declaring the time is right to prune is forsythia. Bloom on a forsythia is considered a green light for winter pruning.
Condo Smarts: Bylaw amendments must comply with strata act, human rights code

Condo Smarts: Bylaw amendments must comply with strata act, human rights code

Strata corporations are permitted to adopt bylaws that limit or prohibit pets, short term rentals, age of occupants, and control the use and enjoyment of all property within a strata plan.
Business licences required for Nanaimo short-term rentals

Business licences required for Nanaimo short-term rentals

Short-term rental units and bed-and-breakfast operations in Nanaimo will soon have to take out a business licence to operate. Applications are being accepted for business licences as of April 1.
Thinking of installing an AC unit? A heat pump is better, says BC Hydro

Thinking of installing an AC unit? A heat pump is better, says BC Hydro

After 2021's scorching summer heat, BC Hydro recommends moving away from power-sucking AC units.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: How to grow sturdy seedlings indoors

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: How to grow sturdy seedlings indoors

Though most seeds sown indoors germinate best in warmth, once those seeds have sprouted the containers need to be moved to cool room temperatures, which will help to promote sturdy growth.