Container Vegetable Gardening

This year I’m growing tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini and bush beans in containers. I’m aware of minimum container size requirements for each, just wondering what ratios of medium are best. Here is what I have for a single container: 20%…

Compacted soil under grass lawn

Hello, we have had difficulty growing grass for many years. We believe the issue stems from the earth being compacted. We have patches where the grass refuses to grow. The soil is baked solid. We do not have grubs nor…

Compost

What is involved in making compost beside unwanted plant material. I have a plastic bin provided by Toronto city years ago and I do get almost like soil at the bottom that I can remove but I wondered if the…

How Beneficial is Worm Compost

How beneficial is it in a garden. In my area, someone is selling a 10 lb. bag for $10. How much does one use – I have a large garden. The seller calls it worm compost but I thought it…

Amending poor soil

I have tested my garden clay soil and find it has neutral PH and low phosphorous, and potash and very low nitrogen. What kind of fertilizer should I use to improver the quality and want can I use to make…

Soil Composition

I have a community garden here in Toronto. I am thinking of topping up my garden by adding a couple of inches of Triple Mix (soil, peat moss and compost). After applying this layer of Triple Mix can I also…

Turkey litter compost

For several years now I have been adding turkey litter compost to my garden in the early spring.  Can I add the same compost to my garden in the fall (i.e., now?) And do I need to then add some…

Bulbs and irrigation conundrum

the companion perennials (planted right next to the bulb) are watered by drip. poor bulbs – they are too . sad … soggy … bulbs…

Adding Composted Manure to Soil

Hello Master Gardener Friends ~ I would like to add composted manure to my gardens which are already full of plant roots and tree roots, which make digging next to impossible. A recent Toronto Star article recommended digging the manure…