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How to reach Larry Hodgson, the Laidback Gardener

3177 Milleret
Quebec City, Quebec (Canada)
G1X 1N6
Telephone: (418) 650-2455

Unfortunately, because of time constraints, it is not possible for me to answer all personal garden questions.

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  1. Joyce

    Thank you for the helpful info. on gout weed, which I am presently battling in my garden. I am curious about whether I can rehabilitate the 3 cubic yards of gout weed infested soil I removed by placing it in a raised annual bed with no possibility of escape.

  2. Joyce Cosgrove

    Thank you for your reply, but if I weed it mercilessly as you suggest, will it eventually disappear. And by the way, if you are as fascinated by gout weed as I am, have you noticed that it grows underground until it hits the central region of another plant and then grows up, thus surrounding itself, so to speak, with plant armour?

  3. corrie

    Thank you so much for the article on hardy chrysanthemums! I worked in a nursery for several years and there is a lot of confusion about these plants; I am near Brandon, MB and even the Morden series is not always hardy here. It’s great to find I have other choices to experiment with.

  4. Margaret Blurton

    Dear Laidback Gardner,
    Thank you so much for taking the trouble to share your expertise. As a gardener whose rhubarb fails to fail, despite my consistent neglect, I have been anxious to be able to use the leaves but had been affected by the no-compost myth. Also wondering whether I can line hanging baskets with the leaves? Will they last long enough for the plants to develop nice root systems to hold themselves together? Actually I’m trying it. Also wondering about using the leaves to basket up my dendrobium orchid. Going for that as well.
    Happy gardening / relaxing!

    • Sorry, those leaves won’t last long in a watered container. Rhubarb leaves decompose very quickly. Same goes for the orchid. You’d need something longer lasting! So learn not to be affected by the no-compost myth and feed them to your compost pile. Best of luck!

  5. Sue Morrison

    Understand microclover is invasive and squeezes out weeds and even competes with grass. ? Can you grow wildflowers within an area planted with microclover, or bulbs such as daffodils?

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  7. Bethel Webb

    Just loved your writing on root competition and dry shade!
    Was in Quebec in 2014 but live in Canberra, Australia.
    We have 4 spaces for birch trees – Jacquemontii.
    I want 2 of the spaces to have multi-stemmed trees.
    As I’m 76 & time is running out, I was thinking of buying three 2metre birches for each of the multi-stemmed holes. Would that give them faster growth than the 1 metre trees?

    • You could definitely do that. However, their trunks wouldn’t be as close together as in usual clumped birches. Are you sure you can’t find larger specimens of clumped birches locally, perhaps checking with a tree nursery?

      • Bethel Webb

        No, I cannot find clumped/multi-stemmed birches available on any site in Australia. Big market opportunity!
        I know a sapling can be cut off near ground level… but I should have done that years ago. What is it the Chinese/Japanese say about tree planting? The best time to plant a tree is (10?) years ago.
        So I will follow the multi plant in the same hole method.
        Found this clip which is useful, except as the lady is wearing no gloves, she may need another manicure!

  8. Scott Perry

    Hi Laidback Gardener, I was perusing the web and found your site, perhaps you could advise me.

    I’ve have a christmas tree in my garden for the past 34 years, planted on our very first christmas here at my home. however last year I noticed that a sort of bindweed plant had completely taken over the top 5ft of the tree and upon removal of the bindweed the whole section of christmas tree had died. is it best to cut off the dead material in hope of regrowth or is it too late as the tree seems intent on spreading sideways from the lower section.

    Any advice would be welcome and great site 🙂


  9. Diana Pozzie

    Dear Laidback Gardner,

    I found your site very informative. I never gave it a second thought about rhubarb, tomato, & potato leaves & stems, never a problem. But I was a little leary about monkshood & foxglove (certainly no seeds from the latter!) Quick question– what about lupines (no seeds but stems & leaves)?

    Thanks so much for your reply,
    Diana Pozzie

    P.S. I live on near the Washington State peninsula close to Vancouver Island.

  10. Jennifer Smith

    I was just reading your article about the red ball cactus. I have a number of them with good sized babies. I want to try grafting but I don’t want my plants doomed to an early death on top of a hylocereous plant. I have plenty of babies to work with and would like to try grafting to different varieties of green cactus. Can you recommend some types of green cactus that would be more likely to survive long term.

  11. Gabriel Mello

    Hi, I have a succulent that resembles a Sedum burrito, but with yellow flowers. Is this a Sedum burrito of yellow flowers or another species? I ask because I also have a Sedum Burrito with pink (to purple) flowers. I uploaded the photos to help the identification. Here is the link:

    Thank you!

    • This is not Sedum burrito: its leaves are almost spoon-shaped rather than jellybean like. My guess is that it is a x Sedeveria, that is, a hybrid between a Sedum and a Echeveria, possibly the cultivar ‘Blue Elf’.

  12. Beverley Wagar

    Larry, I love your books and your articles but this blog is so full of ads and distracting third-party junk that I just won’t repost anything I read here. Too bad.

  13. pamela brown

    I have an old growth redwood whose trunk is now growing into the gutters on my cottage and the trunk is about 1″ from the side of the house. I won’t cut it down ever, so am saving $ to renovate the cottage by removing the an addition where this is happening. Question what are the signs I should look for to begin this process, how long can I wait?

    • There is no danger until the trunk does start to touch the building (unless it sways in the wind: the lower part of a larger tree might not). You could easily have a few years of peace. A fairly mature redwood trunk is slow to thicken.

  14. Terri Ann

    Finally, a post that addresses my question! However, I still need clarification. Will any male Actinidia kiwi plant pollenate any female Actinidia? For example, I have an Actinidia delicious ‘Jenny’ and our local garden center has male Actinidia…Black Beauty. Will the Black Beauty pollinate the Jenny?

    • First, I’m going to assume you mean ‘Arctic Beauty’, which is indeed a male. I don’t know of any cultivar called ‘Black Beauty’.

      That said, no, it won’t work. The two plants must be of the same species. ‘Jenny’ is an A. deliciosa cultivar and will need a male A. deliciosa as a pollinator. ‘Arctic Beauty’ is an A. kolomitka cultivar and will only pollinate female A. kolomitka varieties.

  15. Mary McClintick

    Hello, I live in the Bitterroot valley of Western Montana. The last few years I’ve had a tiny weed??, which I just identified on a plant identification app as Thymus vulgaris L. This has tiny leaves and us EVERYWHERE! My carrot seedlings are getting choked out, and it’s in literally every vegetable bed ( I have lots of raised beds). Can you help me as to how to get rid of it? The roots are very long and thread like. I have a picture but don’t know how to attach it for you. Thanks!

  16. Luc Boivin

    I found two dead rats in my rain barrel and i had already watered part of my garden with this stinky and dirty water. Is this water harmful for the vegetables that I used it on and can I still eat them?


    Luc Boivin

  17. Rachel Carnes

    Hi, I have failed miserably!! I planted (first timer) broccoli and Brussels sprouts in my lovely raised horse trough beds and within minutes-nay seconds!!- they were eaten to the quick by nasty, nefarious grubs, the evil Mums were white moth-like creatures… I’m crushed- almost as much as I crushed each one of those grubs- Between thumb and finger only to see ten more crop up in their stead the following day!! Then I brought out the big guns- Neem spray!!- they would have guffawed off their little bloody mouths weren’t so full of the leaves of my veg.
    Love your post by the way. When you turn up sleeping on your chair it lifts my quarantined heart.
    Rachel Carnes

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