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).…

Clay Soil*

Hello, I live in a house in Toronto with clayey soil. Recently some workers were burying a line and had to dig down about 3-4 feet, and they seem to have left the lower down soil on top. I have…

The Right Amount of Compost

I would like to know if there is a maximum amount of compost that can be safely added to garden soil. I am particularly interested in transplanting rhubarb.…

Fertilizing cedar hedges

I have a cedar hedge which is well established and was wondering if Miracle-gro 24-8-16 would be ok to use?…

Keeping Rats out of the Compost

I want to restart my compost this spring after two years of not using it. I stopped after 2014 when I was attacked by flying ants when I went to the compost in the evening. I don’t think the ants…

Cedar Boughs – Can they be used as Mulch?

After pruning a living fence of Eastern White Cedar (Thuja), is there anything I can do with the branches?  Are these prunings OK to use for mulch on young maple trees?    …

Composting Bins

I would like to find a good composting bin in Toronto. Since the city no longer gives free ones, can you recommend the best place to get one to inspire me to make good soil?  …