Old Brick Planter

Hello Dear Master Gardener, Last year we moved to a 70 years old home in Toronto that is facing east. There is a huge brick planter in front of the home, about 3 feet tall, maybe 20 feet wide and…

Cactus Support!

Hi, I purchased this cactus recently and he is starting to turn brown. I’ve been told that this might be due to too much water or not enough sunlight. Additionally, I’ve been told that my pot should be draining. I…

Geum Not Blooming

Hello, I grew a few geum plants from seeds this year and put them in the ground in spring. The plants are very bushy with lots of leave but none of them produce one single flower! What did I do…

Preparing neglected “flower bed” for spring

I’m so glad I discover this group because you’re local experts! We bought a house recently with a yard that’s overgrown and not well cared for. I’d like to prepare the long strip of soil for planting a variety of…

Garlic Stem and Bulb Nematode

Hello, I am hoping to sort out whether or not my crop has been infected with the aforementioned nematode. My plot is in the west end of Toronto(zone 6a), in a community garden. I have been growing garlic there for…

Covered porch greenhouse

Hello! I have a rather large fully covered front porch. It is not heated, but I am wondering if there is any way I might use that space as a greenhouse in the spring? It is north facing unfortunately, but…

Rose of Sharon

Can a Blue Chiffon Rose of Sharon be trained to climb over an arbor? How? Mine gets only about 4 hours of sun; will it survive? Thanks!    …

Help with Hick’s Yews

Hi – I planted these 3 Hick’s Yews last spring. The middle one started yellowing late winter. I cut off the part that was brown. The other 2 started yellowing early summer. I am in Toronto. The plants get about…

Drought perennials list

Hi I am new to Canada and still unsure as to suitability of certain plants for surviving seasonal changes. Will the drought perennials especially the low/ground cover ones survive Toronto’s harsh winter? Thank you Jen…