Japanese ivory lilac transplant shock

I have a Japanese ivory lilac plant that I transplanted 3 months back, it is about 4 feet tall. It is present in my front yard with full sun 6 to 8 hrs. I have been watering 2 to 3…

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…

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…

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…

Raising garden beds with current native plants

I  have a bed which we dug 2 years ago, and added Anise Hyssop,  Pearly Everlasting and Virginia Mountain Mint.  All of which are doing very well, but the soil in the bed has subsided, and is now 4 ”…

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…

Eggshells in the garden

Many years ago I was told to add crushed eggshells around my strawberry plants to discourage bug infestation. I am not sure it worked that well, but I was wondering if crushed eggshells add nutrients to the soil in any…