Where did the bees go?

Hello, I have noticed this year I hardly have any bees. I’m wondering if this is a Toronto-wide problem (or bigger) or if it’s just me. I haven’t changed much in my garden – still lots of perennials that they…

Carpenter bees

I have carpenter bees every yr. Only a couple . I always leave them alone. I hung outside drapes not knowing the bee comes back. I watched one vlimb the sheer drapes. I didn’t see the bee ànd figured it…

School Pollinator Garden

Hi there, I’m a primary teacher running an Ontario Eco Schools program. I’m in the process of transforming a sandbox into a small pollinator garden. I was wondering if you could help by suggesting easy growing/maintaining plants. The sandbox receives…

Fruit trees

I have a 50 acre farm near Penetanguishene Ontario and have cleared 2 acres. It is, or was, a pine forest that was once pasture land. I have planted 120 apple trees; twenty Asian pear trees and a variety of…

Managing this weed and attracting bees

I live in southern Etobicoke and we have a vegetable garden and couple of flower beds with perennials. We have rather sandy soil with clay deposits. Our area is just north of Lake Shore Blvd and we seem to enjoy…

Delosperma Species – Yellow Ice Plant

I just read about Yellow Ice Plant.  I read they grow in California. I read that it can live in zone 3-9.  My question is – do you think it will be ok to plant it in Toronto? Any other…

Common Milk Weed

I am located in southern Ontario zone 6a (or 6b not sure) and I am planting a cottage/pollinator garden. Last year I planted two different varieties of milk weed, an orange variety and a white blossomed one. My question is,…

Mason Bee Ontario Sources

Hi – I have bought a small mason bee house for a friend and would like to also give her some mason bee cocoons. Most sources for these seem to be in BC and I gather the bee is a…

Bugs on the Balcony

My husband and I have a thriving little garden on our 8th floor balcony. We are growing tomatoes, cucumber, vining beans, pole beans, radishes, zucchini, kale, and a variety of flowers and herbs. However, this year there has been so…

Vegetable garden – where are the pollinators?

I’ve got a variety of edibles, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers and beans, all but some of the tomatoes in containers. They get enough sun, have good leaf growth so far. I am not seeing a lot of fruit, e.g. brandywine tomatoes…