growing medium for large flower/boxwood urn

What constituents such as commercial moisture retentive soil, peat moss, and others, are best for large cast iron urns. The urn will be in a south facing location with at least 6 hours of full sun. Because of necessity, the…

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…

Starting a container garden for veggies

Hi! I have a sunny backyard in west end Toronto that is mostly covered in gravel and grass– I would like to start up a veggie garden in containers. I was hoping to start from seeds but I think I…

DIY self-watering vertical grow tower and composting.

Hello, This spring I will be working on a few container gardening projects. One of them is creating a vertical grow tower that is self-watering for my herbs. Sort of like in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBh1fjMqjmI However I wonder if its…

Apt balcony trees and plants and flowers

We just moved into a west facing apartment.  There is not much sun in the morning however the afternoon sun is very intense. We would like to have some small trees which we can leave out all year.  What would…

School Project help

Hello, I am a high school student currently planning to grow food in my backyard as a school assignment. I would just like to get some advice with planting 8 plants including raspberries, arrowhead carrots, sugary tomatoes, rover radish, sunberries,…

Homemade planting medium for containers

What is the best product for planting in containers or do you have a DIY recipe? The products I have tried recently seem to resist water rather than absorb it, even though I start with a damp medium when initially…

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…

Scale on Frangipani and Mealybugs on Orchids

I have a 5 ft. deciduous frangipani growing in a container which I put outside in the summer and bring in for the winter.  The frangipani has scale which I am treating with a spray of 1 cup alcohol to…

Winter Protection for Balcony Plants

I have a 9th floor balcony garden of flowers and shrubs.  How can I protect them over the winter?  They are growing in fixed, wooden planters.  Mulching isn’t possible for me.  Would wrapping in burlap help?      …