Pruning an apple tree whip

Hello Master Gardeners, This past summer I posted a question on what to do with an apple tree seedling over its first winter because I wasn’t sure whether to bring it inside. I received a response saying I should plant…

apple seeds

hello! i was curious… a month ago, i cut a honey crisp apple I bought from the store and 4 of the seeds had germinated. I’ve never seen this in my life so i decided to plant them in soil,…

Vegetable show judging

When entering beans for a show are all types of beans considered to be just one cultivar eg. Bush, pole or Asian…

Chives that don’t bloom

I have the responsibility for a small flower bed on Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto. We decided to alternate Chives and marigolds (with other herbs in the middle. It would have been lovely had the chives bloomed, purple to contrast with the…

Tomato blight

I have a small downtown garden. Only one spot has enough sun to grow tomatoes. I have various blights. What can I do to reduce early and late blights. I do not compost infected plant parts, spray early in the…

Tomato plant

About six stands out of the over 1000 stands of tomatoes were discovered to show some signs of leaf curling as shown in the picture. Please what could be responsible for this condition and how can it be cured or…

Sunflowers Allelopathy and Vegetables

I read with interest your reply to a previous question here: http://www.torontomastergardeners.ca/askagardener/plants-that-will-survive-sunflower-seed-hulls-toxicity/. I planted sunflowers in a part of my vegetable garden and was not able to use it this year. Are there any vegetables that will grow after a…

Bringing in my Lemon Balm Plant

Can you let me know at what temperature I should bring my lemon balm plant inside so that it won’t spoil? I don’t know if it can take frost or not.  …

Overwintering plants

Hi, I would like to know what to do about these plants over winter. Blackberry – just planted it this summer, will it survive winter? or do I need to dig it out? Lavender – understand that it can survive…

Kiwi – male or female?

I’ve planted arctic kiwi twice, male & female, and seem to have lost the same two. Any tips on discerning whether I have male or female plants? I have a very small garden and very mature kiwi; I need to…