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…

Planting strawberry and blueberry

1) Can i plant this indoor/ apartment or balcony 2)I live in Toronto 15C night -26C day, humidity 30% to 60%, is it fine with my plant? 3)What soil should I use? 4)What container should I plant it. big one…

Recommendations for edible native plants

I am interested in plants native to Southern Ontario, particularly edible native plants.  I know about wild leeks, serviceberry, jerusalem artichoke and blueberries and would like other suggestions particularly herbaceous perennials. Suggestions of web sites or books I might check…

Peppers

I have started my pepper plants from seed.  It is still too early to set them out and they have developed blooms indoors.  Should I be pinching off the blooms until they are planted out?    …

Soil for raised vegetable bed

Hello – I have just built two cedar raised beds to grow vegetables. I need to fill the beds with soil. The beds are currently situated on existing grass in my backyard. I have 2 questions: 1. What ratio of…

Amaranthus

I would like to know the name of this red plant, please…