Soil quality assessment – where to get it done?

In order to decide how to improve the soil in raised beds, where can one get soil composition tested in Toronto/GTA in order to discover what is missing for optimum plant growth? Beds contain shrubs, decorative trees/ flowers/bulbs (not vegetables)…

Soil Fertility: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Description Soil fertility refers to the ability of soil to supply and sustain nutrients for healthy plant growth. Maintaining the fertility and health of garden soil is important for good lawn and garden management. Soil fertility promotes the development of…

Wilting tomatoes and cukes

Good day! My name is Marcela and I am looking for a place that will test my garden soil. Cole’s Notes – last year my tomatoes and cucumbers were horribly effected by “something” in the soil (that’s my guess) that…

Preparing a Space for a Pollinator Garden

I am taking over an empty garden that is covered with 2 to 3 inches of black wood chip mulch. Below that is a layer of black landscaping fabric. I would like to make a pollinator garden with the space,…

Soil Testing

I am curious to know if I should do a soil test to understand the level of nutrients that my vegetable garden contains and the possibility that I may not be replenishing the nutrients used by my plants each year.…

Advice on planting for full sun

Dear Master Gardner, My backyard has intense western sun, especially in the afternoon. I’m wondering what trees/shrubs are hardy enough to withstand afternoon sun. The soil may have fungus so the ideal tree/shrub should be hardy enough to tolerate these…

Rhododendrons and Azaleas

I live at Bathurst/Steeles (borderline of Toronto and Thornhill) so, maybe, a zone 6 or 5? I want to plant rhodo and Azaleas in my front yard which gets abut 5 hrs of sunlight and a clay soil. Would a…

Soil Analysis *

Hello, Please let me know where soil analysis is done near Mississauga. My lawn is weed infested, and I would like to know what kind of amendments are required. Also, what is the right way to collect a soil sample?…

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…