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?…

Composting in Central Toronto

I would like to compost my organic vegetable and fruit waste and sometimes cooked oatmeal in my central Toronto garden. 1. Do garden worms help to break down compost? If so, I would like to have a bin which will…

Good Compost for Square Foot Vegetable Gardening

I have started a “square foot garden”, using soil comprised of 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite and 1/3 compost. This is a well researched approach, and experts suggest mixing compost from 5 different sources to get a well-rounded product (eg,…

Adding nutrients to established perennial garden

We have a VERY full perennial garden in a southfacing position. I want to add nutrients to the soil this spring  to keep my plants healthy, without digging into the garden (I am afraid I will disturb the perennials roots).…