• Hardiness Zones (American vs Canadian)

    When a plant tag lists the plant as USDA Zone 4, how does that translate into a Canadian Zone?

  • Super fast worms invading the lawn

    I live in downtown Toronto, around the Trinity Bellwoods park.  The other night, I heard a consistent rustling noise from the neighbour's lawn like it was alive!  It's a grassy/weedy lawn and was covered in dead leaves from autumn.  When ...

  • backyard garden

    We have a garden running around perimeter of backyard. However, we find it gets very muddy, and collects large puddles after rain. This makes dog cleanliness challenging. Is there a suggested material to place on surface of soil that might ...

  • Permaculture / Hugelkulture

    I am interested in starting a new vegetable garden and am interested in the "no dig/ hugelkulture" technique. How would I go about starting this project? Will the wood use up the nitrogen? I would be grateful for any information.  

  • Easy Composting Link?

    With the possibility of a garbage strike, I wondered if it might be timely to have a composting system, in case the strike is lengthy? Can you provide a link, with general guidelines, so the community discomfort is less of ...

  • Horticultural Technician Exam

    Hello Sir/Madam, How are you? I'd like to ask you for an advice regarding the Horticultural Technician Exam through Ontario College of Trades via challenging the exam with an experience. I am not sure what would be the resources, study materials or ...

  • Could exhaust from a boiler system be killing plants?

    We live on one of the many narrow lots in Toronto. There is wooden lattice fence along the lot line approximately two feet away from the north wall of our two-storey house. There is a further eight feet of space ...

  • butterflies and gardens

    We are learning that a swallowtail butterfly will go to 900 flowers in its lifetime and we wanted to know how does that affect a garden. Are the butterflies helping the bees collect the nectar?  Do the butterflies and bees help ...

  • Root Cellar Appliance

    Is a dual temperature humidity larder fridge appliance available? I want to store root veggies, squash, etc but live in an apartment. I have been told that potatoes etc want one temperature and humidity, and squash etc want another temperature and ...

  • How to de-ice environmentally

    I live in a cooperative apartment complex called The Towers in Jackson Heights, in New York City. The Towers, comprising of 8 Italianate buildings on a city block were built in 1925, around a magnificent garden with a baldacchino, 2 ...

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