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Here are a few questions visitors have ask:

How often should I add plant Fertilizer to my garden plants?

It’s best to add plant fertilizer to the ground around your plants in early spring with an all purpose fertilizer and you can add it again in the fall. Plants in containers should be fertilized in the spring with a slow release fertilizer. 

Containers or planting in the ground. Which is best?

Planting in the ground is always the better option for the plant but if you are limited for space or want to showcase your plants on your deck or patio, using a container will work fine. Just remember that it will dry out faster then if it is in the ground so you will need to water more often.  

What should I do with pots over the winter?

You could store them in a garage or basement if they are made out of ceramic or terra cotta or if they are made out of stone/cement, a thick plastic, metal or fibreglass you could fill them with hardy perennials to last through most of the winter.

Here are a few suggestions you could use to fill the pots:

  • sedums,
  • grasses,
  • Ivy,
  • coral bells,
  • red and/or yellow dogwood branches,
  • curly willow branches.

I want to turn my balcony into a container garden. How could I go about doing that?

It’s not hard to turn your balcony into a container garden but it will take some creativity. Depending on how big the area is will determine how much you can add. Vertical garden ideas is something to consider on a balcony, either by hanging planters on the wall or making a tower garden and set it in a corner. Another option is a railing planter that sit on the railing. You could have plants that trail over the edge of the planter, which will look great as they grow.

If the area is big enough think about adding a raised garden. Even a 1 foot by 3 foot raised garden would be great for growing your own vegetables and/or herbs.

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