• Fertilizing Container Vegetables

    I’m experimenting with growing vegetables in containers this year – tomatoes, sweet peppers, lemon cucumbers, scarlet runner beans. I made my own potting soil using peat moss, perlite, and a little pit of compost along with some slow release fertilizers…

  • I need help, please, with my 2 favourite croton plants.

    The leaves have been dying, and dropping off, from the bottom up, one more than the other. They stand about 2′ tall, and are in pots about 8″ wide. I feed them with liquid plant food, and they sit in …

  • Acer Palmatum Bloodgood Japanese Maple Tree

    I recently planted a bloodgood Japanese maple tree in my backyard …the tree has now begin showing signs of curly dried up leaves….what could be possible wrong? I do have afternoon sun …possibly over 6 hrs..existing soil is a combination…

  • My newly-planted yew trees are turning yellow !

    About a month ago we planted a row of 6 yew trees,  in the back yard, about 12″ apart, and in a very shady area. We live in the High Park area of Toronto, which has a very sandy, oak…

  • Frequency watering cedar hedge in second year

    We planted two long rows of swamp cedar hedge 4ft or so in height last summer. We watered them well and regularly and they did great over the winter. So this is our second summer coming up. How much and…

  • How do I take bouquets of lilacs indoors without them wilting?

    I have a Persian lilac bush, and like to bring bouquets indoors. But how do I keep the blossoms from wilting? I have heard that using hot water in the vase is helpful. Do you have any other advice? Thank…

  • Dwarf Korean lilac standard dying

    Our dwarf Korean lilac standard has been dying bit by bit for about 3 years now! We have cut the dead bits out every year, but each year more and more dies! It gets sun from about noon on and …

  • Annuals for Planters in dry, windy conditions

    I have dry and windy conditions. I would like suggestions for annuals for planters. The planters are deep and 2-3 feet across.    …

  • Watering a Jade Bonsai

    I recently purchased a Bonsai tree that I believe is a jade variety, (it has small round leaves). The leaves are falling off even though they are not turning colour or drying first. I have read conflicting articles about watering.…

  • Hydrangea in containers

    Hello, I am buying some hydrangea plugs this coming spring, and I want to plant them in hanging baskets.  I have a well at home and am planning to water them from the well, but the well contains sulfur and…

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