Succulent Pumpkin Planters

Succulent Pumpkin Planters By Rob Sproule My Method Prep the Pumpkin Prep the Succulents “There are three things I’ve learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.“ – Linus Let’s face it, as far as decorating goes pumpkins have been one-hit wonders. While their little gourdy cousins have found some fame in centrepieces and home decor, pumpkins’ lot in life is to be gutted, carved, and burnt on the porch step. But the wind is shifting for our plucky orange squash. A new trend is redefining it from Halloween kitsch to houseplant chic. It’s easy to…

October 11, 2017 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >

The Top 5 Trendiest Houseplants

The Top 5 Trendiest Houseplants By Rob Sproule Fiddle-Leaf Fig Snake Plant Air Plants Zebra Plant Boston Fern “You know you’re a grownup when all your houseplants are alive and you can’t smoke any of them.“ – Anonymous Houseplants have gone from old to vogue. They’re in every design magazine and on the lips of hipsters and celebrities wanting a beautiful living space, cleaner air, and a calmer head. Every plant has a unique texture, growth pattern, colour, and form. So every plant blends different into the design trends of the day. Here’s my check in on what leaves we’re…

September 26, 2017 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >

Do’s & Don’ts for Freezing your Harvest

Dos and Don’ts for Freezing your Harvest By Rob Sproule Why Freeze the Excess Freezing 101 Blanching “Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.” – Bethenny Frankel Why Freeze the Excess?: You’ve spent all summer watering, weeding, and loving them to fruit, now the harvest is your reward. You’ve been munching on tomatoes and strawberries all year, but come-carrot-plucking and zucchini-hauling time, there’s often too much to eat and too little time. Freezing them will extend the season and make your bounty last longer. We’re going to talk about how to freeze, but first let’s…

August 30, 2017 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >

The Hidden Benefits of Evergreens

The Hidden Benefits of Evergreens by Rob Sproule Energy Conservation Privacy Wildlife Air Quality They’re big. They’re foolproof. They kill the grass. But what else do you know about evergreens? How about that they can reduce your gas bill and keep bug-eating birds around? Let’s dig deeper: “A tree with strong roots laughs at storms.“ – Malay Proverb Okay, evergreens aren’t the sexist gardening topic. They’ll usually just “there”. But they’re so much more than ornamental. Did you know their other benefits? Energy Conservation: We’ve heard about how big canopy trees, like Elms and Willows, help shade and cool homes…

August 1, 2017 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >