Starting an indoor vertical garden

I’d like to start a vertical garden in my apartment.  Ideally I would like edible plants.  I will be using a wall in my kitchen that faces south (but there is a house that blocks the sun most of the…

Poisonous flowers

I would like to know if Peony flowers are poisonous. Would it be just the stem or the flowers? Could a peony go on a cake?…

Pruning Apple Tree

I have a 35 year old apple tree.When should I prune the tree, early spring or late winter?  …

Winter garden

I have just built a netzero house with a winter garden. I want to populate it with dwarfed trees and edible plants and veggies . Please have a look at netzerobuild.ca. This is a 1000 foot winter garden that never…

Brown Spots on Grapevine Trunk

This spring, I planted a grapevine in a large container on my terrace in Toronto, which faces west and gets full sun from about noon. (I don’t remember the exact variety of vine, but the grapes are seedless green.) The…

Identifying wild grapes

Hello. I have noticed several vines bearing fruit on my walks in the Toronto ravines. I believe those are wild grapes but since I am not from the area originally, I want to make sure they are not poisonous before…

Vegetable growing in raised beds

I have been an organic vegetable grower in the Campbellville area for about forty years. My garden is 2,000 sq. ft. of growing space. For the past several ears I have alternated sides [a path down the centre divides the…

Sweet Potatoes in a container

I began this conversation with Tina Cesaroni on the CBC web chat. I planted sweet potato slips about 3 months ago in a recycling bin and Tina suggested I ask here about curing sweet potatoes. I read about this online…

Fruit Trees

I have a pear tree that seems to be afflicted with something. The soil generally has a clay base and the tree is in an open space that gets lots of seun. Wet and dry condition would be reflective of…

Apple Tree

The soil generally has a clay base and the tree is in an open space that gets lots of sun. Wet and dry condition would be reflective of the actual climate conditions for this area (Sudbury). The climate zone I…