Everything you need to know about starting annual flower and vegetable seeds indoors Growing new plants from seed is one of the most gratifying experiences a gardener can have. Who doesn’t remember a classroom windowsill lined with wobbly marigold seedlings in paper cups? The expert advice in this Garden Know How will help you get your annual seeds off to a strong start, … [Read more...] about Starting seeds indoors
Some like it damp While some of you may regard a reliably soggy, slow-draining spot in your garden with dismay, I look on it as an opportunity to grow plants that don’t reach their full potential in the drier, well-drained conditions found in most herbaceous borders. And there’s no need to abandon petals either; a huge palette of flowering plants is ready and waiting to go. … [Read more...] about 16 plants for soggy soil
Even before you think about what plants you’ll grow in your container garden, consider what garden pots you have on hand, what needs replacing and what you need to acquire. Almost anything that holds soil and water will work as a container for plants, but consider practicalities and aesthetics, too. The larger the container, the more room there is for a beautiful display of … [Read more...] about How to choose garden pots
Question from Mary in Mary, L’Orignal, Ont. How do you get rid of moss? I have tried everything I can think of and nothing seems to work. I had several large spruce trees removed to provide more light and I just got more and thicker moss. There is a large cedar hedge around the yard, but lots of sun. The earth is heavy clay and acidic. I have used a heavy rake to almost … [Read more...] about How do you get rid of moss?
Whether you’re planting bulbs, trees or perennials, the best time to do so is when they’re dormant – before they begin their active growth. 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. Why it’s best to plant peonies in the fall Peonies are available as growing, … [Read more...] about How and when to plant peonies