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…

Freeman maple tree with chlorosis

to find a solution for use in Toronto. Suggested treatment is for application of iron chelate but Sheridan Nurseries does not carry any and doesnèt know of any sources. Need a source of iron chelate or another product that could…

Fertilizing a beech hedge

I would like to know if I can fertilize my beech hedge early November 2020 and how many times a year? Downtown Toronto Sunny location 7 feet tall beeches Were planted in August 2019 by nursery Did not fertilize as…