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Drought Gardening

Drought Gardening by Rob Sproule   Drought is a sword of Damocles on the Prairies, ever threatening to swoop in and turn our lawns to burnt straw and our gardens crispy brown. When drought happens,

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Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed by Rob Sproule   I don’t like scary Journalism. If I see a news report that tells me to stay tuned to find out what common household product might kill me, I change

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What’s Wrong with my Tomato?

What’s Happening to my Tomatoes? by Rob Sproule   We’ve all been there. Your tomato plants are growing just as they should and you begin to have visions of juicy salads, delicious salsa and beefy

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The Magic of Peonies

The Magic of Peonies by Rob Sproule “A rose is a rose, but a peony is a friend forever.”  – Anonymous   Loving the spotlight, peonies’ broad blooms announce themselves in our yards every June

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3 image split of Blueberries hanging from branches | Salisbury Greenhouse - St. Albert, Sherwood Park

Blueberries 101

Blueberries 101 by Rob Sproule With it’s recent rockstar, superfood status, it’s easy to see why so many people are asking about how to grow blueberries. When asked, I’m used to getting a double-take when

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Seed Bombs

Seed Bombs by Rob Sproule Seed bombs, also called Green Grenades, are pretty much the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. They’re the artillery of guerrilla gardening, projectiles that throw seedy shrapnel across vacant lots and

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Spring Lawn Care | Salisbury Greenhouse - St. Albert, Sherwood Park

Early Spring Lawn Care

Early Spring Lawn Care   by Rob Sproule Lawns make up the majority of most of our yards. Even though more people are replacing lawns with perennials beds and edible gardens, turf care is still

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Seeding for Dummies

Seeding for Dummies   by Rob Sproule   My business-owner friends like to say “win-win” when they know something is going to work so well that it’s a “no-brainer”. Planting seeds is a win-win. It

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Hydrangeas as far as the eye can see | Salisbury Greenhouse - St. Albert, Sherwood Park

Hydrangeas 101

Hydrangeas 101 by Rob Sproule   Adored in gardens for their immense, vibrant flowers, hydrangea are one of Canada’s favourite shrubs. The world’s most “googled” plant, they are as mysterious as they are adored, with

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Closeup of cactus | Salisbury Greenhouse - St. Albert, Sherwood Park

Thorny Business: The Cactus

Thorny Business: The Cactus by Rob Sproule Masters of Evolution Cactus as Houseplants To Water or Not to Water I have a confession to make. Plant geek though I am, the cactus world baffles me.

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Split image of Spider plant, Mass Cane and Orchids | Salisbury Greenhouse - St. Albert, Sherwood Park

Houseplants for Dummies

Houseplants for Dummies by Rob Sproule Spider Plant Mass Cane Orchids Houseplants are as gorgeous as they are intimidating. They clean the air, lower blood pressure, and often terrify us that we’re going to kill

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Gardening in the Heat

Gardening in the Heat by Rob Sproule When the summer mercury rises, it’s not just humans and pets who get uncomfortable.   Heat waves bring a lot of stress to gardens, but there are easy

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Planting a Hanging Basket

Planting a Hanging Basket by Rob Sproule   Hanging baskets are one of summer’s most colourful delights!   They’re fun to make and add an easy blast of colour to the yard. A lot of

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Pansies Folklore & Care

Pansies Folklore & Care by Rob Sproule A lot of people ask me what the difference is between Pansies and Violas. While the technical answer involves their number of petals and which direction they point,

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Succulents | Salisbury Greenhouse - St. Albert, Sherwood Park


Succulents by Rob Sproule   It wasn’t long ago that the only succulents you’d find on Canadian window-sills were Aloe Vera, Jade plants, and a bristly prickly cactus or two (yep, cactus are succulents, too).

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Shelves full of Bromeliad | Salisbury Greenhouse - St. Albert, Sherwood Park

Caring for your Bromeliad

Caring for your Bromeliad by Rob Sproule   Even if you don’t know the term ‘bromeliad’, you’ll know the plant.   We’ve all seen the glossy, strappy leafed plant with its neon inflorescence towering from

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Shears on open bark | Salisbury Greenhouse - St. Albert, Sherwood Park

Your Pruning Calendar

Your Pruning Calendar By: Rob Sproule Fall Pruning Late Winter Spring Here’s a cheat-sheet on when to prune your trees and shrubs to keep them healthy for decades to come. Fall Pruning: With exposed branches

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Green apple hanging from branch | Salisbury Greenhouse - St. Albert, Sherwood Park

Apples, Apples, Everywhere

Apples, Apples, Everywhere by Rob Sproule September on the prairies means never-ending blue skies, the smell of threshed wheat, and trees laden with more apples than many home-owners know what to do with.   Drive

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Fall Tree Planting | Salisbury Greenhouse, St. Albert, Sherwood Park

Tree Planting 101

Tree Planting 101 by Rob Sproule It’s easy to see planting a new tree in the yard as a chore, but I think of it as creating a small piece of living legacy. This tree

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Bonsai Tree | Salisbury Greenhouse - Sherwood Park, St. Albert

Bonsai Basics

Bonsai Basics By Rob Sproule We proudly stock Miami Tropical Bonsai Trees, one of the largest growers and importers in the United States. Basic Care Best Types Water & Humidity Light & Fertilizer I’m not

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Late Summer Garden Care

Late Summer Garden Car by Rob Sproule Replace Tired Plants Give Existing Annuals some Maintenance Plant Fresh Vegetables It’s a sobering fact that, with our short seasons, Alberta gardens tend to peak at the end

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Purple Rose in bloom on bush | Salisbury Greenhouse - St. Albert, Sherwood Park

Roses: Tougher than the Tea

Roses: Tougher than the Tea by Rob Sproule What’s the first thing that pops into your head when I say “rose”?   I’m guessing it had something to do with red roses on Valentines’ Day

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Dark Red Asiatic Lilies | Stalisbury Greenhouse - St. Albert, Sherwood Park

Growing Lilies

Growing Lilies by Rob Sproule Few flowers are as universally adored as the lily.   It appears as a sacred symbol throughout the Bible, was revered by ancient Greek, Roman, and Minoan cultures, and the

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