balcony gardening

I have recovered my health and would like to start using my small balcony space with railings next year to grow vegetables/flowers. I plan to spend the fall/winter reading about how to do this as I have never had a…

When to plant seeds

Hello! I want to plant French bean seeds as well as orange cosmos seeds in my Zone 5 (Toronto) garden. Is it too early to plant them given the unseasonally cool weather we’re having? Is there a temperature that I…

When to plant vegetables

Please tell me when we can plant vegetables on the ground for this year Vegetables like peppers, tomatoes, eggplant cucumber, lettuce, beans Thanks in advance…

Condo Plants in September

I and two friends will be moving into a condo in downtown Toronto this September until April of 2020. We have a large balcony that faces approximately northwest, so it would get most of its sunlight during late afternoon to…

Large two-sided ulcer on a peach tree

Hello, would you please help me to heal my poor peach tree?  It produces an excellent harvest and is only 4 years old.  Two years ago everything started with a very small sore.  Now this tree is literally bleeding.  The…

Raised bed drainage issues

I was building my first raised bed ever and I’m placing it in my back yard.  The issue is, when it rains, my yard floods a bit and I was wondering if that will negatively affect my raised bed. I…

Flea Beetles

I am getting ready to plant radishes, arugula and lettuce in raised planters with potting soil.  Last year my radishes and arugula were attacked by Flea beetles.  Is there anything I can do to prevent and control them?  I live…

Converting sandbox into a vegetable garden

I would like to convert my son’s old built-in sandbox into a vegetable garden. It is located in a part of our backyard where it gets a lot of sun each day. It was built with plywood at the bottom.…

Horseradish root that I can plant?

I would like to plant horseradish root this year in my north Toronto garden. Can I buy the root in a grocery store and plant it or do I need to buy it elsewhere? Any idea which stores sell the…

Smokebush and Fruit Tree

Hello I live in downtown Toronto and am looking to buy a Smokebush tree for my front yard and a fruit tree (apple) for the backyard. Can you tell me the best and affordable place to buy such trees in…