• 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…

  • Raccoons & Vegetables & Soil!

    Hi there – I have a vegetable garden on my deck in Toronto. I have a number of big pots planted with vegetables of all kinds, like tomatoes, onion, chard, kale, and various salad greens. We have a male raccoon…

  • Can I grow lavender in a container on the wall of my balcony?

    Can I grow lavender in a container on the wall of my balcony?  If so, what type of soil should I use?…

  • Composting in a garden near a lake

    This spring I added cattle manure and cedar mulch to my garden. I generally do this every 2 years. I thought that manure was better than chemical fertilizers. Now that I have done some research, I realize that manure contains…

  • Can I reuse my container soil?

    I grow marigolds every year on my balcony from seed I collect each summer.  Last year, the marigolds had a lot of brown bugs.  Can I reuse the soil in these pots for my marigolds this year or will the…

  • Composting

    Southeast Etobicoke here again. I understand now that I should have composted in the fall. But the gardens haven’t been composted in 3 or 4 years. They badly need it. How much can I put on over the perennials and…

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