Dig into the list below for techniques, advice, discussions, professional support and like-minded gardeners. There’s a growing network of support in Toronto — just a click or a phone call away.
See Blooming Our Balconies a QUICK GUIDE based on a Canada Blooms presentation, March 2009
Wondering how to start? For design help read Balcony Garden DIY
Read An Illustrated Guide to Growing Food on Your Balcony by Lara Lucretia Mrosovsky. This little book has an illustration on every page. Not only can you use it to guide for your own growing project, it's full of ideas for group activities. Order online.
More on food... Vegetables and Herbs to Grow on Balconies in our DIY section
In PDF Ontario Native Plants for Containers - Learn through Marco's experience
Check out TIPS ON BALCONY GARDENING from Sheridan Nurseries
Explore BALCONY VERMICOMPOSTING
ATTRACT POLLINATORS: from the University of Guelph Suggestions for a Pollinator-friendly Garden - many Resources and Web Links; North American Native Plant Society NANPS Database; A Regional Guide from the Pollinator Partnership.
Welcome to the TBB Facebook group! A place to network, discuss tips and tricks, and organize events
VISIT the TORONTO MASTER GARDENERS Q&A PAGE where you can post your questions.
ASK AN EXPERT
Call the TORONTO MASTER GARDENER INFOLINE at 416-397-1345
Book a TORONTO MASTER GARDENER for your group, online, or call 416-397-1345
Talk to a Toronto Master Gardener IN-PERSON at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Check here for times and location.
MEET OTHER GARDENERS
Find your nearest LOCAL HORTICULTURAL CLUB/SOCIETY
Online, start with the TBB Facebook group. An active discussion area where folks are responsive and full of great information and resources.
HIRE A PROFESSIONAL
Many landscapers and gardeners now specialize in container and balcony gardening. Check Landscape Ontario's online resources for tips on how to hire a professional, a member directory by geography and specialty, and more.
TORONTO SEED LIBRARY is a free, self-perpetuating seed library system. 'Borrow' and donate! A Seed Library lends out seeds like a public library lends out books. People go to the library to ‘check-out’ seeds, then grow the plants, save some seeds, and return them to the library. The Seed Library is also a place to meet fallow gardeners, attend classes, gather seed growing and saving information, participate in hands-on projects and special events. As traditional libraries encourage mass literacy, seed libraries encourage mass “litera-seed.” The Toronto Seed Library has many branches across the city and hosts workshops throughout the year.
CATHY'S CRAWLY COMPOSTERS Offers worm composting options as well as a tumbling composter that fits nicely on a balcony. All composters are made in Ontario.
Check YOUR LOCAL COFFEE SHOP for burlap coffee bags, coffee grounds and a variety of plastic containers that can be of use to gardeners.
RECYCLE, REUSE... At the end of the season for garden retailers (especially those set up in parking lots of grocery and big-box stores), there are routine and extraordinary gems to be scavenged from the vestiges.
KITCHEN FIND CANADA A project of Food Forward's Kitchens Forward initiative - an online map of commercially certified, inspected kitchens available for rent across Toronto - to help connect community groups and new entrepreneurs with affordable kitchen space for workshops, catering or food preparation.
TAKE NOTE: Joyful gardening on balconies requires individuals to do so safely, considerately and lawfully. Relevant guidelines are set out in lease and condominium agreements, and resident handbooks (where these exist). Building managers can provide helpful information.