Leaf covering for the winter

…..we have placed garden leaves over our flower beds for the winter for the first time and we are wondering when would be the ideal time to remove them to the benefit of the wee beasties below ??………

Winter Compost Piles (Street Side Left Behinds)

Hi, Regarding Compost Zone 5B. Street side leaf pick up comes every year in late October here in Cambridge. Last year a large amount of product was left behind and is still sitting curb side in late Jan 2020. Is…

Adding Earthworms to Raised Beds

We’ve had 3 large (10′ x 3′ x 27″ high) planter boxes built and filled them with CIL Enriched Triple Mix and a thick layer of cedar mulch. I want to introduce some earthworms into the soil but given the…

Garden mulching, composting and landscape fabrics

I’ve been weeding, reducing certain plants and shrubs and planting new ones. I intend to lay down compost and mulch. My questions: -Do you recommend using landscape fabric, or does it prevent perennials (and spring bulbs) from coming up? I…

rhubarb

I have 1 rhubarb plant now 5 years and a 2nd one 4yrs. Climate zone? I live in Toronto. The plants are in good nutrient soil with mostly sun and some shade. I’ve feed them both 2-3 banana peels once…

mulch

Hi! I’m looking for the best mulch for my flower beds, in terms of keeping moisture in, weeds out and keeping the soil healthy. Mostly I have shrubs, i.e. Annabelle and Peegee hydrangeas, emerald cedars, lilacs, bleeding hearts, hostas, ferns.…

Repotting bamboo plants in soilless mix

I have some inside bamboo – not sure if it is true bamboo – probably ‘lucky’ bamboo? At the Home Show, the master gardener said to use a soil-less potting mix. I have been looking all over for this, without…

Mulch

Hello; I have mulched my property for many years and the mulch is dark or red and we have had trees die. Can you recommend a place that I could find a safe eco friendly mulch? I live in Muskoka…

Dead Locust Leaves

Do dead locust leaves mat down or do they decompose? Can I use them on my gardens over winter?…