Minter Country Garden Blog

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...

Some Like It Hot: Heat-Tolerant Plants

Some Like It Hot: Heat-Tolerant Plants

It's no secret that our weather is getting drier and our summers are getting hotter. By selecting plants for our garden that thrive in the heat, we're not only taking pressure off watering needs but ourselves too! Many of the following plants are attractive to...

Hanging Basket Care

Hanging Basket Care

Father’s Day and summer celebration season are right around the corner, and you know what that means? It’s time to sit on the deck and enjoy your hanging baskets of course! Keep yours looking their best throughout the season with these tips.

Herbs

Herbs

Stay active and prepare your landscape for spring with this winter garden ‘to-do’ list!

Made for the Shade

Made for the Shade

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is: "What can I grow in a spot that doesn't get much sun?" Our first question in reply, however, is: "When does the area receive direct light?" Locations that do not receive direct sunlight between about 11am-4pm...