How to Grow Chervil: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium). Chervil is a relatively hardy annual with a delicate anise flavour, indispensable in French fines herbes. Chervil is best used fresh or frozen and does not dry well. Cultivation: Sow chervil seeds in the garden or in…

How to Grow Bay: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Bay (Laurus nobilis). Bay, also known as sweet bay, is a slow growing evergreen perennial native to the Mediterranean region, whose fresh or dried leaves are used in soups or stews. Bay is not hardy in Ontario and is therefore…

How to Grow Basil: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Basil (Ocimum basilicum). Basil is a tender annual herb valued in many cuisines. There are several different cultivars of basil, the ones with purple leaves being especially ornamental. Cultivation:  Classic Genovese basil may grow 60 centimetres tall or more, while…

Arithmeum Plant

To: Master Gardeners Subject: Arithmeum Plant I bought a Mauve/Purple Arithmeum Plant near the end of the winter – it bloomed for a very long time. New leaves appear regularly. It seems to like the spot it is in as…

Tree selection

We live in Toronto and between our raised flower bed and the house it is 36 feet. We want to plant a hardy deciduous tree- dappled sunlight- not be more than 25′ tall. I have done a lot of research,…

Do White Cedars change colour in fall?

Hello! We had white cedars planted as a privacy hedge in April and they have been so so well! Last week however, I noticed some trees were starting to turn yellow. The leaves are soft and moist but the color…

Brewers spent grain as a soil amendment

I searched on the site and I cannot find anything on this topic. I’m right now spreading about 1 inch of Brewers spent grain on top of the soil and then turning it in with The Claw cultivator tool. What…

Planting Bulbs in Containers for Spring Transplant

Dear Master Gardener, I need to plant (add) more tulips, daffodils and hyacinths to my current in ground garden, to make the display more fuller in the Spring but I don’t know exactly where these bulbs are in the garden.…

When is a good time to redo landscaping?

Hello, I moved into a new house in Aug and have mostly settled in by now (mid Sept). We want to expand the footpath and put in a raised bed in the front of the house. Is it a good…

Weigela ‘Sonic Bloom’ Failure to Thrive

We planted a sonic bloom weigela (which came in a 8inch pot) 3 years ago and after its 1st winter it turned brown and the branches were mostly done. Then it sprouted a little bit in early summer and it…