As a garden columnist in the Times Colonist, Helen Chesnut weaves stories about friends and neighbours into her descriptions of gardening procedures and favourite ornamental and edible plants. She . . .
Dear Helen: Can you identify the shrub or tree in the attached photo? I saw it blooming late last month at the end of the Oak Bay marina. The pink colouring is unusual. I can't find it it any of my. . .
Dear Helen: I would like to convert part of the lawn into a “kitchen” garden, mainly for salad vegetables and a few herbs. Can I do this without lifting the grass? I’ve heard of “lasagna” gardens. . . .
Dear Helen: I’ve been admiring tomatoes sold in clusters, on a stem, in local stores. They’re a little smaller than regular tomatoes, but very attractive. Are seeds or transplants ever available of. . .
Early in the spring, a reader introduced me to a gardening concept I’d not heard of: “keyhole gardening.” She was trying to decide whether to arrange her vegetable garden in boxed raised beds or to. . .