• Indoor – White Fuzz on Soil

    Hello. I have a few small indoor plants that have white fuzzy stuff on the top of the soil. The room is cold and dry ..could it still be fungus? I have never seen any gnats or any other insects.…

  • High Soil Analyses Readings, Poorer Yields

    We have a vegetable garden which was started in 2010. The soil is very shallow, shale bedrock only 4 or 5 inches below. We made raised beds with good organic loam, 10 inches and have added large amounts of composted…

  • Dying Emerald Cedars, Viburnum, and Berberis

    Hello, Several Emerald cedars planted a year ago in the spring have turned brown suddenly and died–they have been watered throughout this summer weekly. A 12-13 year old Viburnum flowered beautifully this spring, but branches have been suddenly drying up…

  • Creating flower beds from scratch in clay soil

    I have a problem with a piece of land on my property which is all clay. We want to cover part of it with grass and create some beds and then plant flowers and shrubs.  Do we have to dig…

  • Planting a tree – soil testing

    I am thinking to plant a tree in my yard, but don’t know what I should plant. So I would like to test my soil in order to know what tree the soil is best for. So would you let…

  • I need help, please, with my 2 favourite croton plants.

    The leaves have been dying, and dropping off, from the bottom up, one more than the other. They stand about 2′ tall, and are in pots about 8″ wide. I feed them with liquid plant food, and they sit in …

  • Astilbe Companion Flowers

    I am going to have to transplant my astilbes. The problem is, the area between the sidewalk and the astilbes gets sun. I would like a low-growing complimentary plant that will not hide the astilbes. Any suggestions would be appreciated.…

  • My newly-planted yew trees are turning yellow !

    About a month ago we planted a row of 6 yew trees,  in the back yard, about 12″ apart, and in a very shady area. We live in the High Park area of Toronto, which has a very sandy, oak…

  • Mold in bag of plant soil

    I left a bag of potting soil in the sun for a month.  When I opened it there was mold on the soil.  Is it still safe to use the soil for houseplants?…

  • Soil Test

    First timer. Plan to start a vegetable garden. In your ‘Basic Vegetable garden’ seminar, I was convinced to do a soil testing. Should I do the test using some kit available in hardware store or dig up 300g soil and…

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