Peat Moss and Coir Alternatives for Seed Starting?

Hello! I am excited to start vegetables from seed this winter/spring. I was wondering if a seed starting mix exists or can be made that uses neither peat moss nor coir? Coir seems like a great, sustainable alternative to peat…

Poppy Seeds

Hi. I know that poppy seeds can be sown in the cold but is it too late to sew the seeds now in Toronto? If so, when would be a good time to sow?…

Swamp Lily – Crinum Asiaticum

I had a 4 foot lily this summer, healthy and deep green suddenly it went yellowish and started wither up. I just pulled it from it’s pot and cut it back to about 8 inches. I’m going to let it…

Arisarum – Mouse plant

What are my chances in growing this guy in the summer and putting it in the ground in my greenhouse for the winter? It would grow good because I have a damp and shady garden in Oak Ridges. Plan #2…

Yellow bamboo hardiness

I have a yellow bamboo plant I’ve had for at least 10 years it’s around 6′ tall. I leave it out every summer, this year I divided it and put half in my green house for the winter. The ground…

Prepare iris for winter

I have a cluster of beautiful pale blue/mauve iris. Should I trim the long leaves off before winter, or leave them to serve as a blanket for the winter months?…

Hardy cyclamen

Gardening Friends, I have planted a hardy cyclamen this year and it grew nicely. I am worried about it dying this winter what precautions should I take? Covering it with leaves?? Making sure it is always covered with snow through…

Growling lily trees on balcony

Hello. I’d like to plant a few lily trees on my balcony. I am on the 5th floor facing south. There’s quite a bit of sun during the winter and a bit of wind cover from the west. I have…

Sunflower seeds as mulch

I have been feeding the birds & squirrels sunflower seeds throughout the spring & summer. Consequently, I have accumulated a lot of seed shells ! I am about to plant my bulbs for the spring. Should I turn the seed…

Tuberous begonias

I have several tuberous begonias which I planted in my patio containers early this spring. They have done so beautifully that I would like to try to save the tubers over the winter. Can you tell me how I can…