• 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…

  • Mushrooms in her garden

    The person employs a gardener for her home garden.  The gardener has told her there is a huge problem with mushrooms in the yard and recommends digging the whole thing out and replacing the soil.  The homeowner believes that the…

  • 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…

  • Potting soil storage over the winter

    I  have, courtesy of a neighbour who was moving, Scotts Premium Garden Soil, three 28.3 L bags, minus about 1/4 of one bag. Would it be possible to store these bags on my balcony now and over the winter and…

  • Eggshells, how many is too many?

    I have spread eggshells in my garden several time this season, can I over do it?…

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