• Rose of sharon

    I live in the toronto Beach area. My backyard is on the west side of the house. Last year I created a garden bed that is 30 inches by 84 inches. The bed is enclosed by a driveway and stone…

  • The skin and shell of a peanut

    I live in Toronto (zone 10) and was wondering if I can use both the skin of the peanut and the shell of the peanut to provide nutrients to the soil? i.e. I guess both the skin and the shell…

  • Clay Soil

    I bought annuals and mostly perennials and was wondering if I can use clay soil as the “base soil” (if there is such a term) and then place the seeds on top of the clay soil and then use a…

  • Is Vermiculite Carcinogenic

    Is vermiculite carcinogenic:  Should I be using it in potted plant material?…

  • Soil pH amendments for blueberries

    I planted blueberry bushes last year, I mixed soil with pet moss, to make it ph about 5, do I need to do it this year too?…

  • 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,…

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