• worms and soil amendment

    We have moved to a new build and no worms. Can I buy 'fishing' worms to add to the soil, will they survive? 'Dumb Question'

  • Mold on Peat Pots

    I have bought some jiffy pots other years.  They always end up getting very moldy!  How can I avoid this happening this time.  There must be a way to do it, because they keep being available for sale, so some ...

  • Community Garden – Wooden Boards for Soil Erosion and Soil for Raised Beds

    In the community garden there are some people who are putting wooden boards around their gardens.  Aside from it being a safety risk, people are saying the wooden boards stop soil erosion.  Is this true or not? I don’t think it ...

  • Adding Earthworms to the Garden

    This is a long shot, but ... do you know if it's possible to commercially purchase earthworms to live in a garden? My research on the Internet indicates that "composter worms" such as red wigglers don't/can't live in "dirt". I ...

  • White fly treatment and worm castings

    I have a hibiscus that came indoors for the winter and became infested with white flies.  I prefer organic measures but broke down and sprayed it with Safers End All which DID NOT help in the slightest, despite constant application.  ...

  • Planting a ground cover in a root zone

    Hello! I'm hoping you can help me. I have two lindens at the side of my house in downtown Toronto under which is moderately compacted soil and debris from my recent renovation. And under one of the trees the soil ...

  • What is wrong with this schlumbergera/Christmas cactus?

    I have been looking after a Christmas cactus at my work ever since I started there, and found it nearly dead in Jan 2014. With careful watering, it recovered and did very well for about a year until I went ...

  • What is wrong with my orchid?

    I have four orchid plants that sit on my dining room table, and they have light from a north-facing window. All of a sudden the leaves on one orchid has become very limp, and shriveled. It is several years old, ...

  • front lawn

    Hi Masters, put in new sod on new soil on our front lawn two summers ago. Old lawn was developing too much thatch. Perhaps over fertilized it since it started to yellow within a few weeks. Ever since it has ...

  • growing medium for large flower/boxwood urn

    What constituents such as commercial moisture retentive soil, peat moss, and others, are best for large cast iron urns. The urn will be in a south facing location with at least 6 hours of full sun. Because of necessity, the ...

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