• Homemade planting medium for containers

    What is the best product for planting in containers or do you have a DIY recipe? The products I have tried recently seem to resist water rather than absorb it, even though I start with a damp medium when initially ...

  • How many trees?

    I live in a 3 year old two-storey home in North Oshawa. I would like to plant some trees in my backyard. The yard is about 12 metres wide and 9 metres deep. It is on the north side of ...

  • Fertilizing emerald cedar trees

    I planted 140 emerald trees in 2014 Easter- long weekend. This year I was told to fertilize and use 30-10-10. My question is what is better the water solution fertilizer or the granules. I do not want to over fertilize. 

  • Coffe Grinds in the Garden Bed

    I would like to plant vegetables and would like to know if I can add coffee grinds to the soil.  

  • Boxwood hedge

    I have a 25 year old boxwood hedge which has been decimated by last year's frost and then a blight on everything else... The hedge is 30' long and about 3' high.  It will all have to go, but I am ...

  • Earthworms

    I live in Toronto. The sun seems to shine brighter for the backyard grass because the backyard grass grows one inch in 5 days whereas the front lawn grows at about half that height. I don't know what type of grass I'm ...

  • Excess phosphorus in a city garden

    I have intensively used my city garden. Each year I put on shredded leaves in the fall, and plant a rye cover crop after each bed has been used. I put on as much city compost as I can as ...

  • My orchid leaves are drooping !

    Oh my goodness ! What a pleasure to be able to call, and ask a question about my indoor garden! My problem is that all the leaves on my orchids are limp and drooping. I keep them in pots that ...

  • Can you help us with our science project?

      We are doing a science project to see what effect worms have on a pea seedling growing in a pot. Can you tell us:                     What size pot we should use? ...

  • Oil in soil: contamination risk

    Recently, a car crashed into our front garden and spilled its motor oil in the flower bed. The soil is frozen now, but I'm concerned about the oil seeping into the soil during spring thaw and the effects this will ...

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