Growing from seeds indoors

I planted several varieties of perennial flower seeds indoors in containers containing sphagnum. Some seeds have reached the true leaf stage and I now want to transfer them to potting up pots made of biodegradable material. Should I use sphagnum…

Tomato seed issues

When my mom died I inherited her seeds, including ones for an unknown variety of beefsteak tomatoes that she and my dad had grown for years. These are seeds she had saved. I have no idea what could have happened…

Classroom garden

To whom it may concern, I am a teacher in toronto and would like to start a classroom garden; something I could get kids involved in. I would use pots and would like edibles and flowers that would be ready…

Strawflowers

We bought it in the early Spring and planted it in a flower bed with regular garden soil. It was exposed to the sun, when it was shining (not in a shady spot). It has only recently succumbed to the…

Ornamental cabbages and chrysanthemums

I would like to know how long the ornamental cabbages and mums stay in the garden.  I would like to transplant them from the urns to the ground.  We live in the Don Mills and Finch area of Toronto. Thanks…

Butterfly/bee gardens

Would conditions in a small churchyard in downtown Toronto be suitable to attract butterflies and bees? The space faces north, is bordered by buildings on three sides and a busy road on the fourth, and gets about 3-4 hours of…

Heliotrope

I planted heliotropes in my containers this year for first time. They bloomed and I have cut off the spent blooms but will it rebloom? I have not seen any new buds yet. The leaves are turning brown now.…

What annual to plant under Basswood tree

Have small sized basswood tree in front yard. What annual would be best to plant under this tree, as has a fair amount of sap. Lots of black ants attracted to it. Have not had much success with annuals in…

Can I reuse my container soil?

I grow marigolds every year on my balcony from seed I collect each summer.  Last year, the marigolds had a lot of brown bugs.  Can I reuse the soil in these pots for my marigolds this year or will the…