• Vegetable Growing

    I had a few failures with my vegetable planting this past year that I am hoping to rectify this year. I have wooden L-shaped planters on my deck that get 2-4 hours of sun (although it can be shady sun…

  • Pressure treated wood – proximity to raised veggie bed

    I have a 20 year old pressure treated wood fence that I know was treated with the now banned process that allowed arsenic to leach into the soil. I want to create a raised veggie garden against the fence. Should…

  • When to Plant Onion Sets?

    I have a garden at the Leslie Street Allotment Gardens in Toronto. It has raised beds. Can you advise when is the earliest I could plant “onion sets”? Each year I start looking to buy the sets in late March…

  • Grow Food for the Wild Organic Study – Iroquois Diet

    I want to study the effect of Wild Organic Food on Disease with the Canadian Naturopathic College at Leslie and Sheppard, but need some help growing food and looking for participants. I have found one farmer that will grow some…

  • Vegetable Garden in Low Light

    I have had a vegetable garden, south facing, for 23 years. I rotate crops each year and add four bags of sheep manure. Over the last several years, greens are prolific but I get only a few tomatos and zucchini.…

  • Poor Veg Garden

    I wrote last year concerning very poor harvest – literally a few tomatoes and zucchini and 75% of tomato plants died with a month. The answer suggested I may have planted too early and not watered enough. However, I have…

  • Starting new vegetable bed on the exiting lawn

    Hello, I am writing from Toronto. I have created some vegetable beds already on my backyard lawn but I always removed the sod layer entirely before putting new soil and compost. Is it OK to cut the sod in flat…

  • Starting Beet Seeds

    I have some beet seeds I’d like to plant. Should I start them inside first?  …

  • Rhubarb rust

    Composted some infected leaves before I knew what it was. Can I use this compost in pots and containers without compromising the health of the plants, and/or spreading the disease…

  • How to prepare for gardening vegetables

    I have been assigned the task of maintaining my elderly father’s vegetable garden. Unfortunately, his health is in decline and like many of us 2nd and 3rd generation kids, I don’t know very much about the subject.The garden is about…

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