Chigago Hardy Fig tree

I planted a Chicago Hardy Fig plan in June of this year, and it has grown to about 2 1/2 feet high. It looks like growth stalled a month or so ago, or earlier. I have been reading conflicting opinions…

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas)

Hello For long time I am looking for Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas) tree to plant it on my backyard. I would greatly appreciate any help in this matter. Please let me know me if you know where I can…

White Mould

Today I discovered white mould on my butternut squash leaves. They are next to our tomato plants. I live in Toronto and the garden gets full sun most of the day. How do I get rid of the mould? Tear…

Wilted melon vine

I’m in Toronto, good soil, sunny spot.  A melon seed from composter soil sprouted and I have a long vine with many flowers and one pale green/dark green stripes, oval fruit, which is about 6″ long.  The vine has now…

Plum tomatoes

My little son is worried about his plum tomatoes. It is in our front garden facing west, and gets full sun from noon on. The bottom tip of a tomato is brown and wrinkly. It’s his favorite one. He wants…

Raccoons & Vegetables & Soil!

Hi there – I have a vegetable garden on my deck in Toronto. I have a number of big pots planted with vegetables of all kinds, like tomatoes, onion, chard, kale, and various salad greens. We have a male raccoon…

Tomatoes and Calcium

Today I plucked a couple of small unripe tomatoes from the vines, and at the garden store had it confirmed that my fruits had blossom end rot. I guess this is occurring because of all the recent rain Toronto has…

How do I maintain Thai Basil ?

I recently bought a Thai Basil plant, and it already has little flowers on the top. Should I be cutting these off?  A friend had some lettuce plants that grew very tall, almost 2′ high, and had flowers on the…

Removal of “Fish Mint” Houttuynia cordata

My mother has planted, in the back yard,  “Houttuynia cordata ‘Chameleon'”, I think is the name. It’s also called Fish Mint, but please refer to the image to clarify. It is a spade-shaped leafed mint, which is invading all of…