Acidic Soil Amendment

What renewable resource would you recommend to make soil more acidic? For example, I am growing blueberries in pots and have added inkberry to my garden, both of which like acidic environments.…

Clematis leaves dry up

My Clematis leave all dried up? What might have caused the problem. Will this spread to other plants such as lily? What kind of soil is good for clematis. I added some wood ash to the soil, is woo-dash good…

Combination of challenges

My dog has done his business and killed the grass, so I would like to replace it with ground cover, and 2-3 types of plants of different heights. It would be nice to have flowering, evergreen and/or edible plants, maybe…

Soil for raised vegetable bed

What type of soil would you recommend for raised vegetable beds ( both existing and new bed) using traditional growing methods? I would like try square foot gardening technique . What type of soil would you recommend? I would also…

Compost vs. Manure

What are the differences between compost and manure, in terms of the effects of amending soil? Most gardeners recommend using compost or make your own compost, but for someone who doesn’t want to do it by myself, I find compost…

Earthworm counts

I would like to do a simple DIY soil earth worm counts in my vegetable garden beds. What is the best time in the year to do this test? what should the temperature of the soil be when performing this…

Reuse Outdoor Container Soil for Vegetables

Hi there. I’d like to know if there is a way to safely reuse outdoor container soil. Last year we grew a number of vegetables in containers in our small greenhouse and around the backyard. The soil was purchased in…

Garden Bed Creation

Hi there, My property is covered with various plants and trees which have flourished over the years except in one area. The curved garden bed (see attached file) between my patio area and my neighbour’s chain link fence hasn’t provided…

Vegetable garden soil

Should I add sand to an existing veggie garden bed? Some recommend peat moss, sheep manure and compost. What is the best ratio? What type of ingredients should I add to a new veggie bed? What is the best ratio?…