• 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…

  • Earthworms

    I live in Toronto. The sun seems to shine brighter for the backyard grass because the backyard grass grows one inch in 5 days whereas the front lawn grows at about half that height. I don’t know what type of…

  • Excess phosphorus in a city garden

    I have intensively used my city garden. Each year I put on shredded leaves in the fall, and plant a rye cover crop after each bed has been used. I put on as much city compost as I can as…

  • Oil in soil: contamination risk

    Recently, a car crashed into our front garden and spilled its motor oil in the flower bed. The soil is frozen now, but I’m concerned about the oil seeping into the soil during spring thaw and the effects this will…

  • Potting soil mix

    Hello, I am taking my first stab at the world of starting most of my plants from seed this year. I have purchased a soil block maker and am hoping to make myself a nice seedling soil mix to use…

  • Ant infestation

    My lawn which is very thin (newly seeded) is covered in sand. The ants appear to building nests and are digging out the sand. This is the first time I have seen this problem. The ants are very tiny and…

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