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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.

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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

Link to Pollinator Garden: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Dig into Toronto Botanical Garden's comprehensive library holdings on BALCONY gardening and CONTAINER gardening (then click here for TBG library hours and location)
Check Toronto Master Gardeners array of GARDENING GUIDES

Check out TIPS ON BALCONY GARDENING from Sheridan Nurseries

Learn how to MAKE YOUR OWN balcony composter

Explore BALCONY VERMICOMPOSTING

ATTRACT WILDLIFE

ATTRACT POLLINATORS: from the University of Guelph Suggestions for a Pollinator-friendly Garden - many Resources and Web Links; North American Native Plant Society NANPS DatabaseA Regional Guide from the Pollinator Partnership.

DISCUSS ONLINE

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.

SUPPLIES

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.