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Have I killed these plants?

Last summer, I put a row of plants in my east window box--USDA Zone 6A in Somerville, MA. They seem "behind" others in the neighborhood. I can't find information on when they should sprout. Have I killed them or am I being impatient? Did I not let some of them seed? Most importantly, do I need to replace them? Or if not, how can I care for them as they return? More below! [more inside]
posted by Hypatia on May 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Growing daffodils in pots

Someone bought me a small container of daffodils. Now that they are almost done flowering, what do I need to do to ensure that they survive to bloom again next year? [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Apr 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Urban gardener flower seed resource?

I'm looking for a reliable, affordable online outlet to buy flower seeds for my container garden. [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Apr 19, 2013 - 10 answers

Please give me free gardening advice

I have a small porch and I would like to have some pretty flowers growing on it now that it's finally warming up. However, every time I've tried achieve this in the past, it has ended in dead plants and wasted money. I need help with this of the most remedial sort. [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Apr 4, 2013 - 23 answers

How does your garden grow?

For the past two summers we've tried porch/container gardening without much success. I think our total take last summer was four tiny carrots and about a half-dozen beans, along with some chives/green onions that stayed alive most of the summer. This summer I'd like to do better with the very limited space and time I have. Please share your favorite tips and links for growing veggies in pots inside. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Mar 18, 2013 - 16 answers

Nice tomatoes!

Our lovely neighbor just stopped by to gift us a couple of tomato plants -- apparently they germinated more than they needed. I am excited! I am also sort of clueless about growing vegetables (yes, I know tomatoes are a fruit). I seek your wisdom. [more inside]
posted by That's Numberwang! on May 1, 2012 - 13 answers

Why don't African violets propagate "true"?

Why do African violets not propagate "true," in regards to color patterns? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Apr 19, 2012 - 1 answer

Fruits and veggies for a cold, shadowy place

This year I'm trying container gardening for the first time. I've planted some indoors stuff (peppers, physalis, chervil) and am waiting for the shoots to come up. Tomato seeds are on the way (hopefully). I live in Amsterdam (think NYC climate) in an apartment, and I've got a teensie tiny (30cm by 2m / 1' by 7') french balcony facing southeast that I'm going to try to make the most of. At the back (southwest), I've got much more space (about 3m2/27 sq ft), but due to the surrounding buildings it's almost always shadowy and drafty there. I'd really like to make use of this space though, seems like a waste not to. Any ideas what plants I could try growing there? (Please don't say salad. I hate salad.)
posted by Skyanth on Apr 12, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me pick the perfect plant

I need a fairly cheap, hard to kill, awfully pretty plant that comes in a 6-pack or more of bedding plants. And would be happy in a small pot. [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey on Apr 5, 2012 - 19 answers

strawberry fields for... a year

I want to grow strawberries on my Brooklyn balcony this year. Lots of strawberries, all different sizes and shapes and colors, with as long a productive period as possible (in aggregate). What varieties should I get, and where should I buy them? Should I do anything special besides giving them dirt and water? Are there any other plants that make nice companions to strawberries (esthetically or organically)? The balcony faces west and is partially shaded by trees, but does get a lot of heat and direct sunlight in the summer.
posted by moonmilk on Feb 6, 2012 - 9 answers

Suggestions on a great container gardening book?

[Coworker Gift Filter] Hivemind! I need suggestions on a great container gardening book to give a coworker as a birthday gift. [more inside]
posted by PlutoniumX on Apr 19, 2010 - 7 answers

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