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…

tomato and zuchini crop failures

Hello, I have a 22 year old south facing veg garden about 20 x 5′. I add 4 bags of sheep manure every spring and plant tomatoes, zucchini, lettuces, eggplant, herbs, etc., and rotate the tomatoes each year. For the…

Cherry tree pruning

So I have these two small cherry trees that I planted, into a very small garden, when we bought our house over a decade ago. With the idea to try my hand at espalier. (Yes, I know, not one of…

Inground pests destroying garlic cloves

One of the items grown in my Toronto garden are garlic cloves. The last few years there is a worm (?), about the diameter of two needles, that eats the garlic leaving a brownish stain on the cloves. Eventually it…

Wilted leaves on tomato plant with brown patches

I have an organic heirloom yellow taxi tomato that has developed yellowing on the leaves, with brown spots in the parts that are yellowed. The leaves also seem to be curled down and are contained to the bottom half of…

Bio weed and feed

There are tons of weed on my vegetable patch, and our backyard is infested with mosquito for me to work outside long enough to do too much weed pulling. is it safe to use lawncare product, Bio weed and feed…