• 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…

  • Using sawdust in vegetable garden as mulch?

    I would like to get some info on using the sawdust and wood shavings on my garden this year as mulch or working into the ground in early spring. Would putting a lot of this down kill the weeds and…

  • Organic Gardening and purchasing soil

    Brenna has recently completed reconstruction of an old home and wants to replace the old soil with organic so that she can have  a large vegetable garden in one corner.  She has called several companies that deliver soil and they…

  • Redesigning the Garden: Drainage

    As fall progresses, I’ve thought about how the garden could be different. Our neighbours have almost finished waterproofing their home, which is semi-attached to our home. They saw this renovation opportunity, when their neighbour, who rents out his house two…

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