• 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 ...

  • Condo Balcony Garden.

    Hello Master Gardener. I attempted to plant a balcony garden last year and I failed. Below is the link to the planter I bought and I attached two pictures. https://www.lowes.ca/planters/leisure-season-rpb6107-raised-planter-box_g1477612.html I completely ...

  • mulch

    I have two questions. The first is, I have black cedar mulch on my garden at the moment that I put on in the spring. One person has told me I should remove that every fall. But I've also read ...

  • Leaves For Composting

    In the same property, there is a tree and grass surrounding it. I've been told that the maple leaf doesn't make good mulch for the grass. So, instead of using the leaves for mulch, the leaves end up in the yard ...

  • Potting soil

    Is there a difference between Potting Soil and Potting Mix? If so, what is that difference, and what is the best to use?

  • Minuscule black bugs on houseplants

    Basil plants had small black bugs on them.  The plants are done and have been discarded.  Should I throw the soil out?  I also have those same black bugs on a sweet potato vine.  I did spray it the other ...

  • Potash

    I have a big sack of the ashes from our log fires last winter. I propose to scatter this ash throughout our garden before winter starts. Is this a good idea? Are there any plants/shrubs/conifers that I should avoid when ...

  • Weed suppresion

    We are in Oshawa. We have several good sized perennial beds with decent loamy soil - well amended. They got a little out of control last summer, largely because I was away during prime gardening season. This year we dug ...

  • Applying mulch and wood chips

    When is the best time to apply the mulch we received from the city recently? We also have wood chips from our cottage in Haliburton. We also have hydrangeas. Thank You

  • mulch purpose.

    Hi -  I was wondering what is the purpose of using mulch around the trees? i don't usually put it around but some of my neighbours do. Thanks a lot.

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