balcony gardening

I have recovered my health and would like to start using my small balcony space with railings next year to grow vegetables/flowers. I plan to spend the fall/winter reading about how to do this as I have never had a…

Growing mint in a pot in the ground

I live in Toronto. I’ve been reading online and watching some videos that recommend that we plant mint in a pot and then put the pot in the ground to stop the mint from spreading. I like the idea but…

Wisteria leaves turning yellow

My wisteria plant was doing just fine then got spider-mite, I sprayed it with a mixture of dish soap and water, and now two weeks later it seems not to be growing and the leaves are turning blotchy yellow. I…

container plants

I have a large (24x10ft) terrace on 7th floor of a condo in the Yonge/Eglinton area, it faces north but I get a couple of hours (midsummer) of sun from the east and then from about 12.00 to 6.00 p.m.…

Tall perennials in planters

The fence around one side of my pool is about 10feet tall and I’d like to find something I could put into a planter that might cover most of that height ( the pool is surrounded by concrete pads.) Any…

School Pollinator Garden

Hi there, I’m a primary teacher running an Ontario Eco Schools program. I’m in the process of transforming a sandbox into a small pollinator garden. I was wondering if you could help by suggesting easy growing/maintaining plants. The sandbox receives…

Raised bed drainage issues

I was building my first raised bed ever and I’m placing it in my back yard.  The issue is, when it rains, my yard floods a bit and I was wondering if that will negatively affect my raised bed. I…

Rooftop Garden Windbreak

Hey there! I am gardening a container based rooftop vegetable garden in downtown Toronto. It is not protected from the wind which caused some problems last year –big storms did a lot of damage to the exposed plants. There is…

Starting a balcony garden – no previous experience

Hi there, good afternoon! I would like to add some plants to my balcony (87 sqf; ~13ft by 6.7ft), with the objective of adding privacy (building nearby) and adding some green! See floor plan attached. I live in the 11th…