Children’s gardening books are usually written by adults, but that’s not the case with Gardening with Emma, written by Emma Biggs, a 13-year-old gardener in Toronto.
Growing from seed
My dark morning glories are heirloom hybrids of I. purpurea, producing half-hardy seeds that will often remain in the soil over winter and sprout in spring.
Moonflowers are distinguished by their night-blooming schedule and intoxicating fragrance that moves through the garden. Try growing moonflowers from seed.
Judith Adam is picky about the tomatoes she grows. In the hundreds of tomatoes in seed catalogues, it’s not easy to find dwarf tomato seeds.
Sweet alpine strawberries are small intensely flavoured little berries also known as fraises des bois. The attractive perennial plants make good groundcover.
Food to grow
Herbs make ideal low-maintenance container plants, mainly because most thrive on minimal water and food. Grow herb plants such as basil and thyme in pots.
Every seed catalogue on my desk falls open to the tomato pages. Perhaps the seed companies have recognized my obsession with sweet cherry tomatoes.
How to prune tomatoes. In this case, dwarf tomato plants, ‘Window Box Roma’, grown in containers have been stressed and unproductive.
Tomatoes are notoriously sensitive to temperature and weather changes. Here are tips to get the best from tomatoes late in the season.
Catherine Geraats of Aphrodite Design Group was the garden designer who designed Garden Making’s feature garden for Canada Blooms in 2012 in Toronto. We asked Catherine about what’s new in garden design. And she had some advice for new homeowners hiring a landscape designer.
Removing a large fern-leaf beech from front garden became necessary because of its eventual size. Dwarf conifers will replace it in front garden design.