Raspberry Canes Useful as Homes for Solitary Bees

Re: raspberries (Rubus), I see that you recommended removing one-third of the oldest stems each year in order to maintain vigorous newer productive growth. Have you recommended on your site making those stems available as nest sites for native solitary…

Forsythia Muncher — likely not a muncher at all!

I take care of this forsythia which is on a rooftop patio on the top of a low-rise building here in the city; it’s a super-sunny location. I was wondering if you could tell anything from the shapes of the…

Trying to make a bee friendly garden

Good day! I am starting this late, and I am in search for joe-pye weed, goldenrod, and really any other flower that can still blossom this year and help the bees. I have a big garden. I’ve tried to find…

Safe bee friendly flowers

Are the annual flowers or any flowers I buy at the garden centers bee friendly? When the bee returns to the hive the nectar is useless , I’ve read but can’t find out what to look for on the plant…

Managing this weed and attracting bees

I live in southern Etobicoke and we have a vegetable garden and couple of flower beds with perennials. We have rather sandy soil with clay deposits. Our area is just north of Lake Shore Blvd and we seem to enjoy…

Pollinator Garden: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Most of the earth’s ecosystems, including much of our food supply, are dependent on pollinators. Embedded in the ground as they are, most flowering plants need help to reproduce. Over 80 percent of flowering plants need pollinators such as birds,…