• metasequoia

    I planted this beautiful golden tree about five years ago. It was five feet high and now is about 25 feet. It looks very healthy and sturdy. But in the past week the top five feet have bent over and…

  • How to root pussy willows

    I live at Coxwell and Gerrard in an urban forest. I have some pussy willows that I bought at my local grocery which are starting to develop roots.  I’d like advice on how to encourage the roots and plant them…

  • Replacing Dog-strangling vine with local plants

    I have a large infestation of DSV and have started digging it out.  The question that I have is this: what can I plant in the large empty areas, 3-4 square metres each, to inhibit or prevent the re-growth of…

  • Overseeding lawn

    Hello, I’m planning to overseed our lawn. It has quite a few bare spots from mismanagement and neglect. I’m planning to do the following: 1)Mow the lawn and collect the cuttings 2)Rake and dethatch. 3)Aerate 4)Apply top soil 5)Seed 6)Water…

  • Nothing grows under our silver maple

    Hello, we live in Milton, ON where we have a good sized backyard with most areas receiving sun. We grow a lot of vegetables and berries with a lot of success. That said, in one corner of our yard, encompassing…

  • Composting

    Southeast Etobicoke here again. I understand now that I should have composted in the fall. But the gardens haven’t been composted in 3 or 4 years. They badly need it. How much can I put on over the perennials and…

  • Looking to buy some plant seeds

    Hi there. I was just wondering where I would be able to find some daucus carota seeds in Toronto. Your help would be most appreciated. Thank you so much.…

  • Growing native primulas

    I have grown Primula laurentiana and Primula mistassinica from seed and have several plants of both to locate in my garden. This is where I need help. Are their pH requirements about the same? How much sun exposure and need…

  • End of tomato season

    Hello, I live in Leslieville, downtown Toronto and have a small garden with tomatoes, peppers and pumpkins. The garden gets full sun from late morning until sundown. I am wondering if I should begin to remove new flowers from the…

  • Adding Soil Around Large Trees

    I am a volunteer gardener with the St. Mary’s Cathedral in the archdiocese of Kingston.  We have 8 large and very old trees on the site we maintain and have been adding soil around the trees in order to plant…

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