Magnolia Scale

I have a wonderful large Magnolia tree that is probably 50 years old.  It is infested with magnolia scale.  I have tried different treatments but none have worked.  What solution would you recommend?    …

Garden Help Needed

I need help with my garden both front and back.  Suggestions appreciated?  …

Unhappy Jade Plant

I have an unhappy Jade plant that I inherited from a friend.  It’s losing leaves.  It’s in a sunny window.  There is a heating source nearby.  It gets watered about once every two weeks with a quarter cup of water.  …

Propagating Oxalis

I have a healthy Oxalis plant and it is beginning to outgrow the pot. How do I go about propagating my beautiful plant.…

Spring Cleanup – Perennials

When is the best time to clean up the yard to prepare for the coming season (it is the end of March)?  I am concerned about weather conditions and new growth.  In particular, I have a variety of perennials –…

Growing Avocado From Pit

What is the best way to grow an avocado from a pit? I have it on toothpicks resting in water.  Should it be in soil instead?    …

Composting Bins

I would like to find a good composting bin in Toronto. Since the city no longer gives free ones, can you recommend the best place to get one to inspire me to make good soil?  …

Growing Olive Trees Indoors

Caller wants to grow an olive tree in his apartment, wonders if it is feasible to do so in Toronto, and where to get seeds/trees.  …

Tulip Bulb Storage

I recently purchased a package of 10 tulip bulbs at a local grocery. They are firm, no fungus or blight and have just begun to sprout (no green showing). I have a cold cellar or garage in which I can…

Propagating Boston Ivy From Cuttings

I have a cutting of Boston Ivy, from a friend.  I took off the bottom leaves, put the stem in water, and it’s under fluorescent lights 24/7, along with all my vegetable seedlings. Is this the correct way to propagate…