• Mulching a Garden For the Season

    My mother adored her garden and the visiting occasional exotic bird along with the regulars – squirrels, birds and unwelcome cats and racoons.  She passed away last fall, and I’d like to skip the year of gardening or more.  It…

  • Ugly brown spots on oak leaves, I think it is galls of some kind

    I would like to chop up some oak leaves and use as mulch in the Rhodo… acidic bed, but with lots of the leaves covered with brown spots, will I be spreading a disease?…

  • Winter Protection for Japanese Maple

    Last year I was advised to put mulch around my Japanese maple to protect it over winter.  It seemed to succeed. This year I am going to do the same thing but when should I apply the mulch? Before or…

  • gardening shelved for 2014

    A family crisis caused me to let the garden go this summer. There are several rose bushes, peonies, mums, flox & hostas which have been neglected over a small area of 100 square feet, although the entire backyard of 450…

  • weather for the winter

    I am an urban gardener (and hobby beekeeper) at Bayview Sheppard area. I wonder if you have educated info on what our weather will be like this winter?…

  • Mulch and Grass Questions!

    Hello, I am a new gardener in the Toronto area with too many questions! I have a front plot with no grass that has a few plants in mulch/cedar chips. My question is how do I know when I need…

  • Free mulch?

    Where can I get free mulch to cover my 200 square foot vegetable garden?    …

  • Rose collars.

    I live in West Toronto.  I used rose collars and mulch to protect my roses last Fall.  The soil is sandy and I can dig in a spade depth near the roses.  When should I remove the mulch?…

  • Using sawdust in vegetable garden as mulch?

    I would like to get some info on using the sawdust and wood shavings on my garden this year as mulch or working into the ground in early spring. Would putting a lot of this down kill the weeds and…

  • Fall mulch and fertilizer

    what fertilizer and mulch to apply  to a) a garden on ground level, and b) to a roof top garden on the 9th floor.…

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