Vegetable garden and Manure Use

We have a delightful vegetable garden. Each year I add compost and peat moss and then rototill it all in before planting . I am thinking of adding some well rotted cow manure, which I can pick up from a…

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…

Peat Moss and Coir Alternatives for Seed Starting?

Hello! I am excited to start vegetables from seed this winter/spring. I was wondering if a seed starting mix exists or can be made that uses neither peat moss nor coir? Coir seems like a great, sustainable alternative to peat…

Fungus on indoor potting soil

Hello, I have a couple of potted plants (philodendron) indoors. There is a consistent film of white fungus all over the potting soil. I have tried scrapping it off, as well as repotting in different makes of potting mix, without…

Pelletized lime for acidic lawn and borders

I have one giant Emily Carr-worthy pine in my back yard. The lawn and borders nearby have been bombarded with falling needles in the past few very hot, dry summer months and the acidic soil is thinning the grass and…

Aphids overwinter in soil?

Hello, I had an issue with aphids this year on my squash, cucumber and lettuce in particular. I have pulled all the plants out of my garden and have added some compost. Today I noticed the aphid “trail” (clear/sticky substance)…

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…

spring bulb planting

1. Can i plant now (sept 30) ? or can I wait till November? 2. is it OK to plant deeper than bulb label suggests ? I’m trying to foil the squirrels 3. Should I add bonemeal in the planting…