• Raccoon feces

    We have a little garden on our deck, with vegetables, flowers and trees. A raccoon is eating the plants and has recently started pooping in the planters.  We know about safe removal techniques, but wonder whether the feces will affect ...

  • Sicilian Zuchinni question

    I recently moved into a new home and planted Sicilian Zuchinni in the backyard. It has taken quite well and has grown up along the fence, posts, and everywhere! It is very large and has even moved towards other plant ...

  • Plum tomatoes

    My little son is worried about his plum tomatoes. It is in our front garden facing west, and gets full sun from noon on. The bottom tip of a tomato is brown and wrinkly. It's his favorite one. He wants to ...

  • Raccoons & Vegetables & Soil!

    Hi there - I have a vegetable garden on my deck in Toronto. I have a number of big pots planted with vegetables of all kinds, like tomatoes, onion, chard, kale, and various salad greens. We have a male raccoon that ...

  • Basil growing

    I have a North facing herb garden that i am growing many things in, all are doing well except my basil. I have purple basil the generic basil and Thai basil. The basics are not growing, they get watered once ...

  • How To Make Bone Meal Tea

    Today I plucked a couple of small unripe tomatoes from the vines, and at the garden store had it confirmed that my fruits had blossom end rot. I guess this is occurring because of all the recent rain Toronto has ...

  • Raspberries under attack

    Hello, We are growing raspberries in our suburban Toronto backyard. Many leaves of our plant are slowly acquiring small holes, then start to turn pale grey-brown and shrivel up. Please see the ...

  • Basil is in Bad Condition

    Over the last 4 years, I have totally been unsuccessful with the growing of basil. When purchased they are a clean green. They are planted in a commercial soil that minimizes the need to water; however, the plants are watered ...

  • ladybugs and fig tree fruit

    I am writing to ask for some ideas on how to address the problem of ladybugs eating the ripened figs from our fig trees. Last autumn most of the fruit of our fig trees was eaten just before it became ...

  • Growing vegetables in my balcony garden

    I'm interested in trying to grow Brussels Sprouts in my balcony garden. I understand that a summer planting will yield an early fall harvest, and I was curious as to whether there were any nurseries or farms in the area ...

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