Minter Country Garden Blog

DIY Winter Greens Baskets

DIY Winter Greens Baskets

Winter greens baskets add a touch of warmth, grace, and seasonal charm over the holidays, but they can brighten up the darker days and cold and dreary months of winter too!

Bulbs With a Purpose

Bulbs With a Purpose

Whether you’re seeking more fragrance or want to plant bulbs the deer won’t eat, we’ve put together some of our best bets for bulbs that serve a purpose in your garden!   Naturalizers  Bulbs that ‘naturalize’ are those that, in a nutshell, spread and regenerate...

Fall Feeding

Fall Feeding

It hardly seems fair, but November 1st is only a few weeks away, and we all know what that means–surprise cold spells that can take their toll on our gardens! Now is the time to begin a fall fertilization program to toughen up softer plants, but it’s also the time to...

Fall Colour Transition

Fall Colour Transition

As a very warm and exceptionally dry summer transitions into a rather abrupt wet re-hydration of our lawns, trees, and flower beds, it’s time to re-evaluate our garden colour. Let’s be honest, it was a struggle to keep things looking good in the heat, and now many of...

Late Summer Flowering Shrubs

Late Summer Flowering Shrubs

Is it a little bleak in the colour department of your garden right now? Vacillating hot (extremely hot) and cool weather certainly hasn’t helped our gardens, and many plants have struggled to stay lush amid the stress. Many seasonal plants have succumbed to the...

Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening

Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening

In the Lower Mainland, fast crops like lettuce, some brassicas, peas, beans, radishes, Swiss chard, and beets can easily be planted in late summer, especially from started crops or transplants, for harvesting from September through next March and beyond. You must,...

Shade Trees

Shade Trees

If you haven’t been sitting under a shade tree during our extremely hot weather, it’s probably because you don’t have one!  As a matter of fact, if you take a good look around at newer homes, many on smaller lots, shade trees tend to be one of the rarest species of...