Bird of Paradise seems sad

I live in Toronto.  I put Bertie (not a very original name I know) outside in my south facing very sunny yard.  But she just doesn’t seem to be thriving.  I was watering her with distilled water when she was…

Moonflower not growing

I planted these several years in a row and had luck only in the 1st 2 years. I nicked the seeds and soak them overnight until the hard exterior shell softens, then peel them back and put in a window…

Hardy kiwi

Hi, I live on the 28th floor of a condo in downtown Toronto. I have 2 large hardy kiwi vines that are currently starting to flower. My male kiwi died a couple of years ago and the replacement has not…

Gerbera Plants. flowers twisted,

Plants, same pots now as last summer. Purchased separately, planted in 3 pots. Sat in a North window and blossomed all winter. Spider mites treated with dish soap in a gal. of water, thorough spray then showered off. Roots seem…

Fertilizer use

How do I side dress tomato , cucumber and eggplants? When we use fertilizer to tomatoes growing in containers, should we reduce the amount of fertilizers used by half ( compared to tomatoes growing in the ground) Is 20,20 ,…

Mona Lavender

Last year we bought Mona Lavender in 4″ pots (see photo) and planted the garden in late May. It was very happy and grew to about 60-70+cm and flowered all summer. We brought it into the house in October and…

Katsura tree

Is it possible to plant a Katsura in a raised bed with limited soil depth?…

Hardy Hibiscus in containers

Hello I live in Toronto Canada. Can Hardy Hibiscus (perennial) be grown in containers instead of in the ground? If so approximately what size should the pots/containers be? Thanks so much.…

Fertilizer for growing veggies in containers

What kind of fertilizer should be used for veggies growing in container? How often should they be applied? Some fertilizers contain 4-6-4, some has 20-20-20.  Is 20-20-20 stronger than 4-6-4? Should we use half the strength of fertilizers when applying…