Cosmos problems

new to gardening; planted several cosmos in planters, 3 or so plants per planter. Plants now turning brown and dying; leaves are “crisp” and crumble when touched and stem is hollow? Google suggests bacterial disease. What is happening and can…

July raised garden preparation

I am just digging up soil in the corner of my Brampton backyard to get a raised garden started.  The soil is full of roots of weeds of all sizes.  I am not sure how deep I should dig if…

Plants around a statue

I am planting a mix of perennials and annuals around a church statue but noticed I have a challenge re shade. The area gets between 3-4 hrs of direct sunlight especially on the south side then some dappled light until…

Plants for Railing planters

Hi there! I’m in Toronto and would like to plant some flowers in railing planters (the iron kind with the coconut fibre). The planters get sunlight in the morning/early afternoon. I’ve never really tended to flowers regularly so I’m looking…

Coleus for sun

I was all prepared to put lots of coleus in my garden then discovered it’s a shade plant.  I get full afternoon sun.  Will it do well at all?  I ended up buying one plant to see how it will…

Native Plants

I’m with the Gardening Committee of my co-op and I have been asked to research information on native species – perennials and annuals, if they exist.  Where would you suggest I start my search?  …

Rapini

Hello, I want to plant rapini in my home garden but can’t seem to find too much information about companion planting and crop rotation for this vegetable. I think rapini is from the same family as broccoli. Do the same…

Vegetables

For two years, I have had trouble with bush beans and last year there was also trouble with tomatoes. The leaves on the beans turned yellow, then brown and then fell off. The tomato leaves turned brown and fell and…

Planting annuals in Toronto

In downtown Toronto I have a raised wall about 3′ high and is made of wood and along the top of this wall are 9 window boxes. This is bordering a quiet lane way and faces south with western exposure…

Northside Balcony

My Mother lives in an assisted living residence. Her apartment is on the second floor with a northern exposure. The balcony is quite small and she has planters that straddle the railing. Last year we put begonias in them and…