• Determining Water Needs For Outdoor Flowers

    How does a person know how much to water outdoor plants? I have a variety, connected by soaker hoses in west Toronto, and don’t want to waste water or time. I imagine it has to do with the individual needs…

  • Plants for Railing planters

    Hi there! I’m in Toronto and would like to plant some flowers in railing planters (the iron kind with the coconut fibre). The planters get sunlight in the morning/early afternoon. I’ve never really tended to flowers regularly so I’m looking…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • poisoned garden

    It appears that my garden might have been deliberately poisoned by some chemical interference. Can you recommend a soil analyst ? I live in Riverdale, Toronto.…

  • adding compost to areas that are already mulched

    Can I add compost on top of the mulch, natural cedar I think or should I remove the mulch first?…

  • 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…

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