Clearing a garden bed of invasive grasses

Dear Master Gardener, We have a long, thin bed in front of our building that is south facing. On the north side of Sheppard avenue, Toronto. At the moment, there are weed grasses growing in it. We would like to…

tiny red bugs

. My friend has an in home worm compost and she gave me some soil for my indoor plants I noticed these really tiny red bugs and I can not seem to find much information about them and so I…

Spring flower combination – Plant ID

Hello, all the best to you for a happy new year and great gardening season in 2021. This is a long shot but I saw a gardening video of a tulip container arrangement (from Denmark, close in zone to ours…

growing hardiness zones

Hi Master Gardeners, as the Winter Solstice approaches, I look forward to settling down with all my wondrous plant catalogues and planning my garden in Toronto. I get my catalogues from Canada (Ontario), the US, and from the UK. The…

Covering cold frames

I seeded lettuces and spinach in a cold frame. It is protected all around with straw, Should I put a blanket on top when temperature dips below 0 degreesC , or, at what lower temperature? We live near Markham ON…

Plant or tree for 80th birthday

Hi, I’m in UK but buying a gift for delivery for my cousin’s birthday who lives in Brampton Ontario. She loves gardening. Any ideas or suggestions please and I know you have much colder winters that we do in the…

Feedback in potential garden

Hi!! I’m here to ask for some professional feedback on my potential garden when the season comes for my school project. Do you think the crops are too close to each other? Or is there too many in one spot?…

Croton – repotting

I live in Toronto and every summer I put my 25 year old, 5 feet tall croton on a porch where it thrives in 6 hours of sun. I usually spray it with soap and water, then rinse and bring…

A question from a total novice seeking HELP!

Have an open space of 30’wide X 12’Long what perennial bulbs can I plant now. Prefer lots of colours and lots of variety with low maintenance. I am disciplined to water as required. Appreciate your response.…

Oak tree dropping leaves and acorns

Our twenty year old red oak is dropping small branches of 6-20 leaves all day and hundreds of acorns. Is there a problem I should be dealing with? Thanks…