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Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Comfort foods from the backyard plots

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Comfort foods from the backyard plots

Harvested potatoes whipped up into a Shepherd’s Pie
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Amish paste tomato needs large pot, sturdy stake

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Amish paste tomato needs large pot, sturdy stake

Amish paste is a large, vigorous, staking tomato that will produce well in a large container and in a potting mix that has plenty of substance.
Condo Smarts: How to decide when to file an insurance claim

Condo Smarts: How to decide when to file an insurance claim

The strata council and property manager cannot download the responsibility of the claim on to each owner who was exposed to damage
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Seed pansies and violas this month for spring flowers

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Seed pansies and violas this month for spring flowers

Seed pansies and violas this month for spring flowers and again around mid-July for flowers from early autumn through spring.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Red roses linked to myth of Aphrodite

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Red roses linked to myth of Aphrodite

Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, is said to have created the red rose when, rushing to the aid of her lover, she is wounded by the thorns of a rose bush.
Condo Smarts: Subdivision requires lengthy and costly approval process.

Condo Smarts: Subdivision requires lengthy and costly approval process.

It is possible to subdivide a bare land strata lot to permit expansion and development
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Here's hoping weather co-operates

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Here's hoping weather co-operates

Gardeners will be hoping that El Nino will bless us with good conditions for early planting season.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Indoor plants need less water in winter

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Indoor plants need less water in winter

As long as other growing conditions are constant, lower light levels mean plants can use less water
Condo Smarts: Vigilance required to counter Facebook comments

Condo Smarts: Vigilance required to counter Facebook comments

Be proactive to ensure accurate information is available to the owners and the public
Do you need to remove your underground oil tank? It depends on where you live

Do you need to remove your underground oil tank? It depends on where you live

Homeowners with underground oil tanks are under no obligation to remove them in most of Greater Victoria, but leaving them in the ground carries a risk