Manure or compost in Fall on boxwood

Can manure and/or compost be added now in Sept. to a 20 or so year-old boxwood or should it only be done in the Spring? Live in Erin, Ontario between Georgetown and Rockwood/Guelph areas in zone 5b.…

York Elderberry

I have very mature York Elderberry (Sambucus Canadensis – York) plants that produce lot of fruit. I understand these are toxic and cannot be eaten raw. Is it okay to add the ripened or un-ripened (green) fruit of the York…

Fertilizer from a friend –

Hi! A friend gave me a container of 10-52-10 by BioFert. I don’t know much about fertilizer. I have added worm castings and cow manure. Should I use this other fertilizer? I’ve read it’s too strong and could kill plants??…

Soil Testing

I am curious to know if I should do a soil test to understand the level of nutrients that my vegetable garden contains and the possibility that I may not be replenishing the nutrients used by my plants each year.…

Used coffee grounds – myth vs fact

Good morning, There is a lot of information on the web regarding the use of used coffee grounds and gardening. I am hoping you can answer the questions below: 1. can i put my used coffee grinds in my “cold”…

Spring bulb treatment

My daffodils and tulips are nearing the end of their blooming season. Shall I leave them in the ground or dig up the bulbs, dry them out, and replant them in the fall? If I dig them up should I…

Potting Soil for Planters

I have big planters ( indoor and outdoors ) Should the entire planter be filled with soil ? I’ve heard that a filler can be placed half filling the planter , what would be a light filler material before we…

Soil condition

I live in North Toronto near Eglinton Park, which used to be a brick yard. The soil in our backyard is clay. We have a number of trees shading the garden and we are the lowest yard so we get…

Cattle Manure

Hi I live in zone 5, Ottawa. I need cow manure but all I see available online now is cattle manure with spagnum moss/peat. Is this okay for my perennial flower bed?…