Robo Gardening

Not gonna lie, I’m nerding out a little bit on the topic of Robo Gardening. I’m a big Sci-Fi fan, so this futuristic take on gardening with robots is a fusion of two subjects I really dig. There’s an expanding industry of robotics working to simplify and automate gardening work, and engineers have developed robots to accomplish every gardening task imaginable— the folks at Harvard even developed pollinator RoboBees! Okay, so maybe a swarm of robotic bees sounds a little bit terrifying, but they’ve actually got a 37% success rate for pollinating flowers, so considering that the real bee populations…

May 21, 2019 by Rob Sproule; Comments 0 Read More >

Hanging Basket Care

Hanging baskets are a gardening trend that have stood the test of time and passed with flying colours—literally! Often filled with the biggest and brightest flowering annuals, hanging baskets add a delightful element to our gardens like nothing else can. Naturally, we want to keep that element around for as long as possible. Luckily, with some simple hanging basket care, you can keep yours looking fresh all summer long. Best Flowering Plants for Hanging Baskets While almost any plant can be dressed up in a container and look just fine, there’s a select few that really rock the hanging basket…

May 21, 2019 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >

Top Annuals of 2019

The risk is frost is nearly behind us. That means every gardener’s favourite time of year is nigh—annual planting season! The time to fill my containers, window boxes, garden beds, and borders with flowers is maddeningly close, and while I can’t yet put them out in good faith, I can pour over the new varieties I can’t wait to pick up. The greenhouse at Salisbury is filling up with beauties, but some of them really stand out. I can’t tell you what to do, but I can tell you which ones I think will sell out first. Here are the…

May 16, 2019 by Rob Sproule; Comments 0 Read More >

Moon Phase Gardening

For many centuries (or rather, many moons…) gardeners have planned out their planting schedule according to the lunar cycle, as the shifting gravitational pull throughout each moon phase has a profound effect on life on earth. Now, this might sound a bit like hippie mumbo jumbo, but there really is evidence all around us. Take the ocean’s tides for example: during the full moon or new moon, the tide is high, but as the moon waxes and wanes, the sea levels start to recede. So, how does this affect your garden’s growth? Here’s how:   The Science of Lunar Planting…

May 9, 2019 by Rob Sproule; Comments 0 Read More >