Training Tomatoes: How to Run a Sugar Factory

Training Tomatoes: How to Run a Sugar Factory By Rob Sproule Before you cut… Tomato Behaviour Rules of Thumb Troubleshooting “Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” – Miles Kingston Before you cut…: Tomatoes are far and away the most popular backyard edible, with almost every gardener enjoying at least one of them. But they’re quirky plants, too. We think of them as bushes, but most are vines, pure and simple. And we need to treat them like vines. Before diving in like Edward Scissorhands, check the tag your tomato…

June 27, 2017 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >

The Fake News on Earwigs

The Fake News on Earwigs By Rob Sproule Earwigs & Fake News Spotting Them Controlling Them Protecting Your Home They look like tiny prehistoric nightmares with a stereotype to match. But as long as you can keep them outside, they aren’t as hard to control as people think. And you’ll never guess where the name came from! “ ‘Tis vain to talk of hopes and fears, And hope the least reply to win, From any maid that stops her ears In dread of earwigs creeping in!” – Thomas Hood, early 19th century Earwigs & Fake News: Ever wonder why Earwigs are…

June 21, 2017 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >

3 Reasons to Trim Back your Annuals

3 Reasons to Trim Back your Annuals  By: Rob Sproule How to Pinch Back Does the idea of hacking back your beloved annuals make you squeamish? A lot of flowering plants not only tolerate it, but thrive on it! Here are the 3 top reasons why you shouldn’t spare the scissors this summer. “A youth, like a tree, needs pruning.“ – Andrew Wiggins How to Pinch Back: When the dog-days of summer loom and the once dense, florific annuals are looking a little ragged just a little too soon, it’s probably time to cut. A lot of people fear the…

June 6, 2017 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >

The “Other” Pollinators

The “Other” Pollinators  By: Rob Sproule Hoverflies Butterflies Other Bees We’ve heard about the honeybees. But what about the other garden superstars giving us apples and strawberries and cucumbers? It’s easy to attract them and they bring a few surprising side benefits, too. “The busy bee has no time for sorrow.“ – William Blake By now, we all know that honeybees are not only awesome, but in trouble, too. We also know that there’s a big difference between “bees” and “wasps”. But what about all the other pollinators? While honey bees are native to Europe, we have a host of native,…

May 31, 2017 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >