Blue Spruce Shrub – Insects and Needle Drop

Location – Cambridge, Ontario Partial Shade We moved to our home last year and found that the 2 blue spruce shurbs were losing all of the needles on the tips. (trunks approx. 4″ dia) The nearby overgrown euonymous had scale…

Kerria blight

Have removed the diseased Kerrie. Is it safe to place any other plants in the soil. Should the, soil be treated in some way before planting?…

weeds and tomato blight

I’ve been trying to get rid of weeds (Please see attached) at my backyard garden for the last several years but without any success. This year I have planted my vegetables in the bucket yet the weeds are growing and…

Growing potatoes in urban areas

Hi, There has been a lot of talk about potato blight disease and not growing potatoes in urban cities. Can you clarify?…

How to deal with blight on Kerria japonica

The caller had observed ‘rust’ patches on the stems of Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’ in a client’s garden which he suspected was a form of blight. The ends of some stems were wilted.  He asked whether he should prune affected stems…

Spinach problems

My spinach came up nicely, but all the plants have tuned yellow and are wilting.  What’s happening?…