Which soil to use for native garden in dry shade

I am beginning work on what will be a native plant garden in the west end of Toronto. First I will remove a layer of asphalt, and up to 12 inches of gravel. The soil underneath is sandy, and the…

Oak leaves over winter on perennial garden

Hi. I am surrounded by oak trees. I have a perennial garden with no grass. I have seen a number of articles suggesting that leaving leaves over winter is a good practice for insects and the garden. Would you recommend…

Planting Lavender

I watched your YouTube on cutting lavender. In the episode you mentioned screened lime stones that the lavender is sitting on. Can you explain what exactly it is, how much was placed, quantity, age of plants that would thrive in…

Winter prep

Q1. Can I place cardboard on my garden during the winter? Q2. I have many harvested pepper plants and leaves from the garden. Can I put these on the garden over the winter?…

Looking for Reliable Advice: Clay and Sand in Garden Bed

Hi, We hired a contractor this spring to redo our yard, which contained a significant amount of backfill from an old renovation done years ago ( a mix of clay and garbage, rusted nails, broken tile etc). Removal of the…

Brewers spent grain as a soil amendment

I searched on the site and I cannot find anything on this topic. I’m right now spreading about 1 inch of Brewers spent grain on top of the soil and then turning it in with The Claw cultivator tool. What…

When is a good time to redo landscaping?

Hello, I moved into a new house in Aug and have mostly settled in by now (mid Sept). We want to expand the footpath and put in a raised bed in the front of the house. Is it a good…