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…

Overwintering Mandevillas

I live in Etobicoke with a south-east garden exposure and have bought a Mandevilla in a pot. Will putting it in the garage (as a previous person asked) be well enough to be brought back up in the spring/summer. If…

When and where to plant freesia bulbs

I planted my freesia bulbs in May last year, hoping that they would bloom within summer, but they didn’t. Some of them bloomed in the winter indoors, specifically in December!! My question is: Is it possible to plant them in…

Cedar shrub all brown after winter

I’ve seen similar posts about this problem so I’m really not sure if it addresses my particular problem. I had stone containers built and I planted cedars in these containers last spring. They did well all of last year but…

japanses maple blood good in container

Hi I have a Bloodgood Japanese Maple that I purchased last spring.  It did well and it made it through winter and is now beginning to leaf but I find the leaves are droopy.  Its been a week and I…

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…