Gardening Q&A

Escaping Spider Plant?

Spider Plant

One of my spider plants, which is growing alongside a slightly larger one, is trying to “escape” its pot by sending out a long, twisted root. The fleshy root has now grown a few inches out of the soil, pushing the stem and leaves at its tip up and out so that the whole thing has twisted and tipped over the edge of the

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Plants for Shady Window Boxes?


I live on the first floor, and all of my windows face north. If I install a window box, would anything actually grow in it? Yes, plenty! Don’t think an abundance of shade means you can’t grow a window box full of beautiful plants. There are loads of possibilities that would thrive in just such a location, just as there

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Roots Growing Through the Pot?

Potted Herbs

Help. I bought some potted herbs with the intention of planting them in my window box. I temporarily set the pots in the box thinking I’d plant them later, but then I never got around to it. Now, two weeks later, the roots have grown through the holes in the bottom of the starter pots and anchored themselves into the soil

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Shrubs in a Tree Bed?

Greenest Block In Brooklyn Contest

My neighbor wants to plant some small shrubs in our tree bed. Is this a good idea? Probably not. In general, gardening in your tree bed is a good move. Not only will it beautify your block, it’ll help remind pet walkers and other pedestrians that this a spot to grow living plants, not a trashcan or proverbial fire

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