Question from Margaret S. in Kingston, Ont. As a loyal follower from issue No. 1, I have come to look on you as my general garden encyclopaedia. However, I have a problem: This year my hitherto lovely hydrangea is quite luscious and green, but not a single flower. I have been told that it’s lacking phosphate as my composted leaves have produced too much nitrogen and depleted … [Read more...] about Why isn’t my hydrangea flowering?
This is almost too easy. If leaves are left in a pile and exposed to moisture, they will compost into a dark crumbly mass that is perfect for improving soil texture and moisture retention. Leaf mould is an effective conditioning material for mulching the lawn, and a nutritious soil amendment for planting holes. (Tree leaves contain about twice the mineral nutrients found in … [Read more...] about Making leaf mould