“Lawn composting” follow up query

For the 400 square foot lawn space, how are the grass roots stressed by composting? My biggest concern was smothering the plant by using too much compost, when I do schedule composting. An aggressively pruned city European Beech tree has…

Restoring Depleted Soil

How should I go about restoring the totally depleted soil of my back garden? I have just moved into a new home and would like to have a beautiful garden. I have acquired a neglected backyard surrounded by old trees,…

Smelly compost

Hi, I started to dig my compost out of the bin to lay on the veggie bed and it was muddy, wet and chunky and very smelly like poop. However there were gazillions of worms! Is it good to use…

Compost vs. Manure

What are the differences between compost and manure, in terms of the effects of amending soil? Most gardeners recommend using compost or make your own compost, but for someone who doesn’t want to do it by myself, I find compost…

Vegetable garden soil

Should I add sand to an existing veggie garden bed? Some recommend peat moss, sheep manure and compost. What is the best ratio? What type of ingredients should I add to a new veggie bed? What is the best ratio?…

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.…