• Drainage

    Folks I am unsure if this is the right forum for this question. We live on the North side of Davenport Rd. between Spadina and Bathurst and so have a a very steep hill in our backyard. The soil content ...

  • Last frost date for Niagara area

    I’m in the Niagara area, and a long time gardener. I usually follow guidelines for my zone for last frost dates, and do just fine. However this year, with the winter we have had, I feel like that needs to be ...

  • Aluminum Toxicity

    Set out to build the best "square foot gardening" frames that would last a long, long time with 2by12 lumber. I re-enforced each corner with 1ft long 4inch by 4inch angle alumiumum, as this will never rust and even if ...

  • raised garden for special needs

    As I am handicapped, I am building a bench garden at waist level. Built from pressure treated lumber and lined with plastic. How deep should my earth be to be able to grow tomato's, onions and some lettuces. Also what ...

  • Rainbarrel or downspout to garden?

    Toronto's downspout disconnection bylaw now applies to our area of the GTA. Looking towards spring, it appears that the backyard addition’s roof, which is a small 64 foot square roof, could be directed into the garden, where we grow vegetables. Would that ...

  • Transplanting holly and ivy from Victoria to Toronto

    Is it possible to bring some holly and ivy from a sentimental location in Victoria to Toronto? Is there a danger of bringing disease to Ontario? Would they survive the Toronto winters? Both of these plants are invasive in Victoria.

  • Ice melting products

    Is there a product which melts ice and is not toxic to garden beds for either fruits/flowers/vegetables? It's late in the season, but I would have been generous with a salting/melting product had I known that.

  • Sunflowers and pests

    I have purchased sunflower bouquets at farmers markets and placed them in vases in my kitchen and office. I have then noticed small insects near the flower heads. Is this common and can something be done? We would like to ...

  • Hardy goldfish in ponds over winter ?

    Hi, I have a small pond only 5' x 6' and 2' deep. I'm thinking of making the pond deeper (not wider) to 4' deep. Will I have to take out my large (9") common goldfish for the winter every year? Do ...

  • Suitable espalier candidates for Toronto semi-shaded garden

    Hi, my backyard has a very high fence, 12 feet high, facing south but shaded because of lots of oak trees. I am growing English Ivy on it, which is kind of boring. Is there a vine or shrub that ...

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