What Should I Be Planting In Ravine Garden?

CONTEXT: We back onto the Cedarvale Ravine. Our backyard feels like an extension of the ravine and we mostly like it that way, but last year we added an outdoor sauna set out to make the backyard a little friendlier…

Buying mulch and jumping worms

I need mulch for my flower gardens and wanted to buy natural cedar mulch from a Toronto garden supplier. Do I need to be concerned about infecting my garden with jumping worms?…

Using fall leaves as additive to spring compost

Hello! Once the ground has dried this spring, can I mix the leaf coverage of my garden with manure to enrich my soil, or should I clear all the leaf coverage that I left down from last fall before amending…

Combating roots

Wondering if I should move all plants from this garden. I didn’t consider the root system of my cedar hedges when I started this garden a few years back. Now when I dig down even an inch, I am digging…

arborist wood chips

I have heard conflicting advice about using fresh wood chips in the garden. Some say do not use as they tie up nitrogen, and others say that the nitrogen gets released back. Can I use wood chips?…

Container Pots over Winter

How should I overwinter empty containers used for vegetables and annuals. I have covered the surface with plastic garbage bags in the past, thinking this protects the soil over the winter. Then just left them on the ground on my…

Little white worms in my Leaf Mould

I’ve been cooking some Leaf Mold since last fall to use in an area where I had to take a tree out this fall. (verticillium). I dug up all the plants around the tree in October and replanted them with…

Compacted soil under grass lawn

Hello, we have had difficulty growing grass for many years. We believe the issue stems from the earth being compacted. We have patches where the grass refuses to grow. The soil is baked solid. We do not have grubs nor…

Hicks Yew Light Green

Hi, I have a lot of hicks yews. They’re in their third year now (of being planted in our yard) and haven’t gotten any more water than usual this summer, but a few here and there have been going light…

Wood Ash

Where to buy Wood Ash for garden uses in Toronto ?…