• How to speed up warming of cold soil in the spring

    This is Calgary and the ground stays cold for a long time in spring. When the snow is gone, would a plastic sheet spread over the raised bed (10 inches high) speed up the warming of the soil, noting that ...

  • Growing Table Grapes on Arbour

    Hello, I built a pergola on my backyard and I want to plant grapevines on each post (4) and I was wondering if you could advise on what type of vines for table grapes and if I can plant 4 different ...

  • Storing Bean Seeds

    I've collected seeds from beans that I grew this past summer and want to use them next summer. Should I refrigerate them or keep them in a cool, dry place?  

  • High Soil Analyses Readings, Poorer Yields

    We have a vegetable garden which was started in 2010. The soil is very shallow, shale bedrock only 4 or 5 inches below. We made raised beds with good organic loam, 10 inches and have added large amounts of composted ...

  • Wild Grapes

    Our wild grape vines have many grapes left on them. It has already frosted over and last week, snow. Is it o.k. to harvest the grapes to make another batch of wild grape jelly?

  • Reviving Rhubarb

    I purchased a healthy rhubarb plant this year but could not plant it right away. Meanwhile, my small flock of young ducks and turkeys found it, ate the leaves, scattered the contents of the container and chewed the root. The ...

  • Identifying Ailing Plant – Broadleaf thyme

    I hope to know this plant name and what caused the problem on the edge and how to take care of it. Thank you very much.

  • Poor Veg Garden

    I wrote last year concerning very poor harvest - literally a few tomatoes and zucchini and 75% of tomato plants died with a month. The answer suggested I may have planted too early and not watered enough. However, I have ...

  • Edible Plants grown around creosote-treated hydro pole

    I have butternut squash vines growing right up against a wood hydro pole that has been treated with creosote. The plants have done extremely well and there are about 6 ripe squash ready to pick. Are these edible even though ...

  • Horseradish

    Horseradish is a beautiful plant as well as delicious but it's under soil creeping roots have new plant shooting up in neighbouring plant beds as well as overtaken the garden space. I am seeking a method to eliminate the horseradish in ...

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