Sunflower seeds as mulch

I have been feeding the birds & squirrels sunflower seeds throughout the spring & summer. Consequently, I have accumulated a lot of seed shells ! I am about to plant my bulbs for the spring. Should I turn the seed…

Composting oak leaves

  Our cottage in the Kawartha Lakes is surrounded by very mature red oak trees – read millions of leaves in the fall. Family in the past have piled them for years, prior to 20yrs ago – I haul them…

Worm Castings

I usually use various types of compost (especially shrimp and seaweed) and use different parts of the garden to compost in place when space becomes available. There are earthworms all over the place because of the huge amount of organic…

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…

Composting Tomato Plants with Blight

My tomatoes had a lot of blight this year; there were good tomatoes growing right beside diseased ones, which I discarded regularly. Can I compost the rest of the tomato plants? They look okay, no rust, etc. on the leaves.…

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?  …

Compost for perennials

I live in south east Etobicoke near the lake, The climate tends to be more humid near the lake with occasional fog. It is cooler in summer and warmer in winter than Toronto by a couple of degrees, spring and…

dog waste on flower beds

Hello Master Gardeners, Our household has a bone of contention in the yard. My husband has shoveled the solid waste made by our two dogs and placed it upon the soil in our flower bed. When I caught him in…