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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.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Seven ideas for the bountiful zucchini harvest

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Seven ideas for the bountiful zucchini harvest

Dear Helen: Help! I’m swamped with zucchini and don’t think I can eat any more unless I can find a few new ways of using them. What do you do with an over-abundance of zucchinis? T.P.
Condo Smarts: Existing condominium buildings can be good investment

Condo Smarts: Existing condominium buildings can be good investment

Dear Tony: We are retiring this year and considering downsizing to a condo. We have started looking at both new and existing properties around Vancouver and Victoria, but we encounter challenges with both options.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: We need trees to keep us cool

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: We need trees to keep us cool

Dried leaves fell like a heavy rain from a tree next to my office window. It was the first day of this month. Granted, the tree is an Arbutus unedo (strawberry tree) and arbutus trees are known for their near-constant shedding.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Some tomatoes fare better in hot weather

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Some tomatoes fare better in hot weather

Dear Helen: I usually have good luck with tomatoes, but this year the leaves have shrivelled and curled into tight inward rolls. What might have cause this? B.F.
Condo Smarts: Former council member legally obligated to return strata documents

Condo Smarts: Former council member legally obligated to return strata documents

Dear Tony: Our strata council is attempting to build a website for our council and owners and have hit a roadblock. We have a past council member who is refusing to release all the records of our strata corporation to the new council.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: It's time to think about next year's seed purchases

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: It's time to think about next year's seed purchases

I have a longstanding habit of reserving a page at the back of my gardening notebook for seeds and plants to acquire in the following year.