Starting seeds indoors

Judith Adam

Seeds of annual flowers and vegetables are easy to germinate and grow on to seedling stage, either indoors under lights or outdoors directly in the garden. There are basic protocols for soil, light and moisture, with specific requirements applying to individual plant species.

Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) survives in soggy soil and partial shade, but will grow more robustly in damp soil and full sun. (Photo by Walter Gardens Inc.)

16 plants for soggy soil

Stephen Westcott-Gratton

Don’t let soggy soil bog you down — these 16 perennials don’t mind wet feet and provide a steady succession of blooms as well as attractive foliage.

Choose containers that are practical and also suit your garden style.

How to choose garden pots

Beckie Fox

Before you think about what plants for container gardening, consider what garden pots you have on hand, what needs replacing and what you need to acquire.

Moss (Bryophyta) growing in a nature reserve (Photo by Andrew Bossi via Creative Commons)

How do you get rid of moss?

Beckie Fox

Mary in L'Original, Ontario, asks how to get rid of moss in her sunny yard on acidic, heavy clay surrounded by a large cedar hedge.

Peony root (Photos by Dugald Cameron)

How and when to plant peonies

Dugald Cameron

The optimal planting time depends on what you’re planting. Perennial plants are best planted in spring, but it’s better to plant peonies in the fall.

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