Six things to consider when gardening in Alberta

We have a saying here in the greenhouse and that is: “Alberta is one of the most challenging places to grow plants.” We stick by it too because there are so many factors that can impede our progress year round when gardening in Alberta. But who among us isn’t up for a good challenge? Our […]

How to Keep Hanging Flower Baskets Looking Great all Season!

Flower baskets and planters always look incredible in the greenhouse but how do you keep them looking that way all summer long? While they live here at Anything Grows, these plants have ideal conditions – loads of light and someone dedicated to the task of watering them the second they need it. Not to mention […]

How to Grow a Micro-Clover Lawn

Growing a lawn is becoming less of a societal-must-do and more of a ‘well, I need to put something here‘ question of sustainability and maintenance. Traditional grass lawns require regular upkeep, watering and fertilizer, and that’s something many people just aren’t that interested in doing anymore. What are the alternatives to grass? Here are some […]

Your Complete Spring Yard Prep Checklist

 Every spring, there are a few of those early days when the sun peeks out, the air warms up, and the snow melts. Gardeners begin to stir and wrestle with the temptation to get gardening, despite their better judgement – after all, the widely touted “False Spring” is an Albertan specialty! Though the ground may […]

Quick Guide to Christmas Tree Care

Who doesn’t love the smell of a fresh Christmas Tree in their home for the holiday season? They’re fun to pick out, and make the perfect touch to your Christmas atmosphere… but having dried up pine needles all over your floor and stuck to your beautifully wrapped gifts is less than desirable. This quick guide […]

Your Complete Fall Cleanup Checklist

Autumn has arrived, and when the air gets crisp and the leaves begin to turn, gardeners can expect to enjoy a spectrum of beautiful fall colours. This short ‘season’ usually lasts only week or two here in Alberta, and once it’s passed, many gardeners and homeowners are left with some work to do. From fall […]

Spring & Summer Outdoor Watering Guide

We get a lot of questions from well-intentioned gardeners down here at the greenhouse –  vivid descriptions of ‘problem plants’, pictures of sad shrubs, and even bags full of fallen flora will often accompany these advice-seekers, and HANDS DOWN, the most common cause of death-and-disease for outdoor plant care is: wait for it… Not. Enough. […]

7 Ways to Have a Beautiful, Prairie-Hardy Yard (With Plant List!)

Spring is here, and many of us are hovering over our yards, waiting to see what survived the prairie winter, and what didn’t. Our chinook-y winters and dry summers can make it challenging to have the yard of your dreams, but with the right plants, and a few easy steps, it’s very possible to have […]

QuickGuide: Starting Your Seeds Indoors

Alberta is not known for having an extensive growing season… which can make it difficult to grow some vegetables, herbs, flowers, or other garden plants from seed to maturity! With only 3-5 months of decent weather to grow in (depending on the year), most gardeners ’round here need to get creative. A quick and easy […]

Bug Series: How to Deal With Thrips

Thrips – a word that makes any houseplant collector shudder. These tiny bugs are primarily a problem indoors, where they are protected from predators and the elements, but they are common pests to vegetable and fruit garden as well. The bad news is, just a few thrips can do a lot of damage. The good […]