Vegetable Garden

I’m planting a veggie garden in an area that ids fairly wet and mucky right now. What can I put on top of the soil for my veggies to grow properly.…

Fertilizing Hostas in the Spring

Good evening. I am not a fan of commercial fertilizer, but I have heard that it is best to feed your hostas as they pop out of the ground in the spring. In the US they use Milorganite. I don’t…

Wilting tomatoes and cukes

Good day! My name is Marcela and I am looking for a place that will test my garden soil. Cole’s Notes – last year my tomatoes and cucumbers were horribly effected by “something” in the soil (that’s my guess) that…

vermi compost

Some people say vermi compost has more nutrients than other compost or manure. Is this true. What is the N P K value of vermi compost? Compared with other composting methods , is vermi composting more expensive ? Thank you…

Smelly compost

Hi, I started to dig my compost out of the bin to lay on the veggie bed and it was muddy, wet and chunky and very smelly like poop. However there were gazillions of worms! Is it good to use…

East York Back Lawn

Can I eliminate the lawn by just using black landscape fabric over it and bags of mulch? What low lying evergreens, that take minimal care, would you suggest as I am away a lot. Soil is essentially clay.…

Soil for raised vegetable bed

What type of soil would you recommend for raised vegetable beds ( both existing and new bed) using traditional growing methods? I would like try square foot gardening technique . What type of soil would you recommend? I would also…

Compost vs. Manure

What are the differences between compost and manure, in terms of the effects of amending soil? Most gardeners recommend using compost or make your own compost, but for someone who doesn’t want to do it by myself, I find compost…

Earthworm counts

I would like to do a simple DIY soil earth worm counts in my vegetable garden beds. What is the best time in the year to do this test? what should the temperature of the soil be when performing this…