Garden clean-up

My understanding is that there are native bees that hibernate in the hollow stems of perennials; therefore, one should resist the urge to cut these down in the fall, and should hold off until the weather is consistently warm e.g.…

Fun plants for children to grow

I have grandchildren 2-5 years of age. Other than plants that attract butterflies (milkweed), are there any particular plants that are fun for children 2-5 years, to grow outdoors and indoors? Thanks for your help.…

Pergola vine

I am looking for vine for my pergola. Location is full sun.…

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…