The most important ingredient for a great garden is healthy soil. Enhancing garden beds with high quality compost, instead of chemical fertilizers, is not only environmentally friendly, it is also an ancient, effective, sustainable, and economical practice. Pesticides are toxic to human and animal life, and are thankfully banned for use in the City of Toronto. Healthy gardens attracts birds, bees and butterflies, and benefit the urban eco-system. Many natural pest control products are available so we can enjoy lush results in the garden without harming ourselves or the environment. Watering a garden is important and soaker hoses are a water-wise choice as they reduce water wastage through evaporation and hydrate the roots systems effectively.