Adding Composted Manure to Soil

Hello Master Gardener Friends ~ I would like to add composted manure to my gardens which are already full of plant roots and tree roots, which make digging next to impossible. A recent Toronto Star article recommended digging the manure…

City Compost shelf life

How long is the community distributed bagged 13kg compost good for,if I’m storing it in an unheated garage?…

European Beech followup query

Following placing 26 kg of compost around a tree, with mulch, at the beginning and end of spring, can I top the two layers with 26 kg of compost around a European Beech tree again. I imagine it eventually breaks…

Composted Manure

Hello! I attended Through the Garden Gate in Wychwood last weekend. I met a lovely master gardener at one of the houses who advised me that commercial composted manure these days is of poor quality – that it is often…

Using a dried out sod roll

My garage organization need a new late spring cleaning. Finding a roll of grass sod, made me wonder how to dispose of it, since it’s dried out, from a week ago. But can I revive it with the same TLC…

Compost Tea

Is compost tea useful? I don’t have space to make my own compost, but can get a bit of compost from a friend to make tea. Worth it? Recommended recipe and application? I see multiple variations on the web. Want…

Triple Blend in container garden

Good morning! I’m hoping you can assist me with this. I’ve topped up my container garden (photo included) this year with triple Blend/mix BC I wanted to beef up the nutrients for my vegetables–tomatoes, peppers, and melons/cucumbers. Before I plant,…

Soil quality assessment – where to get it done?

In order to decide how to improve the soil in raised beds, where can one get soil composition tested in Toronto/GTA in order to discover what is missing for optimum plant growth? Beds contain shrubs, decorative trees/ flowers/bulbs (not vegetables)…

Creating a new garden bed

I live in the Beach, my back garden is partial shade.  I have a large white oak tree on the north side of the property.  The soil is sandy and dry. The garden to be created is west facing and…