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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.
Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Newsprint 'lid' a nifty way to deter fruit flies

Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Newsprint 'lid' a nifty way to deter fruit flies

Dear Helen: Have you found a way of dealing with fruit flies? Clouds of them gather around the fruit I’ve been processing this month. F.L. Dealing with the fruit as speedily as possible is most helpful.
Condo Smarts: Create a safety plan for your strata meetings

Condo Smarts: Create a safety plan for your strata meetings

Dear Tony: Our strata council has planned to use our local church hall for our annual general meeting.
Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Taking stock of plants after hot, dry summer

Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Taking stock of plants after hot, dry summer

On the day last month when temperatures began to moderate, I felt as though I’d been suddenly released from a sauna set on high heat.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Removing cedar hedge will make gardening easier

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Removing cedar hedge will make gardening easier

Dear Helen: We would like to remove a cedar hedge planted against a 2.4-metre high fence along the west side of our property. The cedar roots have spread into the rest of the garden. The site has morning to mid-afternoon sun.
Tony Gioventu: Dealing with mask mandates in a strata

Tony Gioventu: Dealing with mask mandates in a strata

Dear Tony: Under the recent provincial order, all public indoor spaces require masks. We have several residents who insist this includes our common areas of our apartment condo here in Nanaimo.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Squash from 'volunteer' plant can be toxic

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Squash from 'volunteer' plant can be toxic

Dear Helen: I have just come across information indicating that squashes grown on “volunteer” plants can be toxic. Why would they be, and could squashes grown from seeds I’d saved and planted also be toxic? C.L.
Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Petunias prove resilient amid summer heat wave

Helen Chesnut’s Garden Notes: Petunias prove resilient amid summer heat wave

With the general shutdown early last spring, my hairdresser and her partner remained at home and created a food garden, complete with chickens.