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Mealy Bugs | Salisbury Greenhouse, St. Albert, Sherwood Park

Mealy Bugs

  Mealy Bugs by Rob Sproule   Depending on who you ask, this unmistakable critter is either disgusting or fascinating.   It looks like something dug up from the Burgess Shale only to escape the

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

Chemical-Free Ant Control

Chemical-Free Ant Control by Rob Sproule Before we talk about killing our ants, lets take a moment to be thankful for living in one of the least ant-infested countries in the world.   I’ve seen

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Pink Hollyhock | Salisbury Greenhouse - St. Albert, Sherwood Park

Hollyhock Rust

Hollyhock Rust   by Brett Kerley   Hollyhock  rust  is a common fungal disease, caused by the fungus Puccinia Malvacearum.   Identification Signs of this fungus include orang coloured rust  pustules on the undersides of

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Leaf miner lines on leaf | Salisbury Greenhouse - St. Albert, Sherwood Park

Leaf Miners

Leaf Miners by Rob Sproule Have you noticed squiggly brown lines appearing on your birch, lilac, and vegetable leaves?   If so, you’re not alone.   Leaf miners are out in force and are leaving

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Aphids | Salisbury Greenhouse - St Albert, Sherwood Park

Aphids 101

Aphids 101 By: Rob Sproule Aphid Lifecycle Recognizing Aphids Aphid Damage Killing Them Here in Alberta we’re pretty lucky when it comes to insects.   We don’t have termites that eat houses or army ants

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Mosquito on skin | Salisbury Greenhouse - St. Albert, Sherwood Park

Natural Mosquito Control

Natural Mosquito Control by Rob Sproule   They are the bain of barbeques everywhere and something that we’ve had to learn to live with!    Mosquitoes are as Albertan as beef and oil but just

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

Quack Grass

Quack Grass by Rob Sproule, May 31, 2013 Normally these articles afford me the happy task of reassuring people that intimidating gardening tasks are easier than they think.   Today, unfortunately, it’s my job to

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Mealy Bugs | Salisbury Greenhouse, St. Albert, Sherwood Park

Mealy Bugs

Household Pest Control: Mealy Bugs   by Rob Sproule   Depending on who you ask, this unmistakable critter is either disgusting or fascinating.   It looks like something dug up from the Burgess Shale only

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Fungus Gnats | Salisbury Greenhouse, St. Albert, Sherwood Park

Fungus Gnats

Household Pest Control: Fungus Gnats by Rob Sproule   If you have houseplants, then I bet you’ve had fungus gnats. They are a winged household fixture in late winter but thankfully they look like more

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Scale | Salisbury Greenhouse, Sherwood Park, St. Albert

Scale Insects in the Home

Household Pests:  Scale Insects by Rob Sproule Scale insects are the clams of the garden, clinging to your plants and protecting themselves under thick armour.   They flourish in hot, dry household air (infamous during

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Apple Maggots | Salisbury Greenhouse, Sherwood Park, St. Albert

Apple Maggots 101

Apple Maggots 101: by Rob Sproule We’re all heard murmurs about Apple Maggots (Rhagoletis pomonella) and how they pose a real threat to backyard apple production across Alberta.   I’d like to be writing this

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Slug eating greenery | Salisbury Greenhouse - St. Albert, Sherwood Park

Slugs 101

Slugs 101: by Rob Sproule What are they? Prevention Identification Eradication If Alberta had a ‘Most Disgusting’ award, slugs would win it every year.   These gross gastropods run rampant during wet summers but fortunately

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Juniper Hawthorne Rust | Salisbury Greenhouse - St. Albert, Sherwood Park

Orange Fungus on Evergreens

All About Juniper-Hawthorne Rust       by Rob Sproule While wet weather makes for lush gardens, it can also create the perfect conditions for some bizarre and unsightly garden problems.   If you’ve seen

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Aphids | Salisbury Greenhouse - St Albert, Sherwood Park

Aphids 101

Aphids 101   by Rob Sproule   Here in Alberta we’re pretty lucky when it comes to insects.   We don’t have termites that eat houses or army ants that eat everything, but we do

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