There are few things as discouraging as raising a crop only to have it taken over by tiny insects that you can’t seem to control. We have a few critters making an impact on our greenhouse right now; spider mites, thrips and new this week: flea beetles. But today I’m focusing on aphids—a pest that […]
Heirloom tomatoes are some of the most interesting plants that I ever grew outside. With a wide range of bizarre shapes, colours and flavours, these are fantastic plants for the garden. But do they grow inside. I was determined to try them in my greenhouse, and here’s what I found out.
Thrips are currently the bane of my greenhouse. Thrips are a tiny, long and narrow shaped insect which love to attack flowers and also the growing point of plants (especially cucumbers, though thrips are not too fussy). They often damage the fruit when it is still close to microscopic-sized, killing part of the fruit, and […]
You’ve decided that you are going to take a cutting off of your friend’s plant. Fantastic–it’s one of the greatest ways to expand your garden! But just before you do this, please pause and consider some of the mistakes that I’ve made (and that I hope you can learn from). Avoiding these will give you […]
If you’ve ever noticed that your plants grow poorly and stretched in the winter, you are noticing the effects of light on them. There are three primary ways that light affects your plants: day length (how long it is light for), intensity of light (brightness), and the quality of light (colour).
I recall visiting a local conservatory as a child. I was infatuated with the banana palms and exotic, tropical plants–my winter oasis. If you, like me, live in a frozen wonderland for months of the year, you will know the desire to see, smell, and taste plants while you wait for spring. Winter’s challenge is that plants grown inside […]
Whether you spend your days in an office cubical or hospital, and whether you live in an expansive manor or cramped apartment growing plants will benefit you. They are not only beautiful, but also clean our air; feed us and make us healthier–and it is easier than you may think to grow them. Indoor Plants clean […]