• Small Evergreen Tree for Clay Soil

    I live in Zone 6a to 7a Toronto new Lake Ontario. The soil is largely clay we added topsoil and regularly add compost. I would like to plant an evergreen tree in an area that gets full sun 4 hours ...

  • Composting in Central Toronto

    I would like to compost my organic vegetable and fruit waste and sometimes cooked oatmeal in my central Toronto garden. 1. Do garden worms help to break down compost? If so, I would like to have a bin which ...

  • Good Compost for Square Foot Vegetable Gardening

    I have started a “square foot garden”, using soil comprised of 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite and 1/3 compost. This is a well researched approach, and experts suggest mixing compost from 5 different sources to get a well-rounded product (eg, ...

  • Adding nutrients to established perennial garden

    We have a VERY full perennial garden in a southfacing position. I want to add nutrients to the soil this spring  to keep my plants healthy, without digging into the garden (I am afraid I will disturb the perennials roots). ...

  • Perennial in Front of Cedars

    Hi, I’m in the High park area. I have 3 cedars in the north east corner of the backyard. I would like to plant a flowering bush, in front of them, and then some smaller perennials. They have full southern exposure, ...

  • Gibberellic Acid

    I was wondering where I can buy gibberellic acid in Toronto?  I want to use it on my flowers and help my garden grow.  I have found suppliers but they are all online, and cannot ship it to me in ...

  • Landscaping/Creating Privacy in Clay Soil

    I live in a 10 year old subdivision 90 min N- E of Toronto. (50 km North of Lake Ontario).  The back yard faces the West and is approx 60' wide X 30' deep. (width goes along back of house ...

  • Container Gardening Soil Disposal

    I am a container gardener with a focus on edibles (herbs,vegetables) etc.  I need to change my soil this year and I'm wondering if there is a pick-up service?  I don't drive or have access to a car and I ...

  • Ornamental Grasses and Shrubs – Full Sun Hot Yard

    Oakville – backyard – 10-12 hours a day full sun – blazing hot in the summer What (if any) ornamental grasses, shrubs, flowers that are perennials do well in low grade (clay escarpment) soil and full sun all day long?

  • Hay Versus Straw for Mulch

    Under the perennials section at your Garden Guide link for cleaning up for fall, it states that hay can be used for mulch. Isn't hay used for horses, and straw for mulch? http://www.torontomastergardeners.ca/gardeningguides/putting-the-garden-to-bed-a-toronto-master-gardeners-guide/