Minter Country Garden Blog

True Winter Vegetables

True Winter Vegetables

Winter Vegetables in BC In the Lower Mainland and the Valley, fast crops, like lettuce, some brassicas, peas, beans, radishes, Swiss chard, and beets, can easily go in now, especially from started crops or transplants, for harvesting from September through next March...

Summer Fragrance

Summer Fragrance

Fragrance makes a huge difference to the enjoyment and appreciation of our summer gardens and to our senses. Including even a little in each bed or container will have you basking in rest and relaxation all season long!

Summer Veggie Garden Struggles (& How to Deal with Them)

Summer Veggie Garden Struggles (& How to Deal with Them)

From looking lush and vibrant to becoming peppered with pests, our edible gardens can go awry pretty quickly at this time of year. Pests and diseases are in full force right now, so we need to be at the top of our game to keep our gardens healthy, strong and producing nicely for the next few months to come.

Get Those Kids in the Garden!

Get Those Kids in the Garden!

School will soon be out and kids will be full of glee, excited for the plethora of adventures that summer will surely bring… and then, by week two, they’ll be looking for things to do. Bring on the garden!

Herbs

Herbs

There’s been quite a resurgence in demand for fresh herbs to add new flavours to our foods, but herbs aren’t just for dinner any more!

Roses

Roses

Bringing back the fragrance and the beauty of roses to our gardens is easier than ever!

Hanging Basket Care

Hanging Basket Care

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and you know what that means—hanging baskets! Keep yours looking their best throughout the season with these expert tips.

April Lawn Care

April Lawn Care

Every lawn has its own unique needs in the spring – from eliminating moss to controlling weeds, improving drainage to just giving it a boost with fertilizer. Whatever the situation may be, it’s important to remember to tackle your lawn’s challenges one at a time. Learn how, in this week’s article on early spring lawn care.

Plant Some Privacy

Plant Some Privacy

In today’s stressful and more crowded living spaces, the need to create more privacy has become an important element of garden design. Without the blocking effect of dense hedging, vines and climbers can shelter back gardens and patios, making even the plainest privacy screen more attractive. Walls and unsightly chain-link fences can virtually disappear, and old rundown buildings can be transformed by the creative use of these plants. In addition to screening, vines and climbers can also provide shade, perfume and even tasty fruit! For centuries, Europeans have been using grape vines to cover patios and enjoying the fruits each fall.

Small Fruits, Big Flavour

Small Fruits, Big Flavour

Many folks are under the impression that perennial vegetables and small fruits are difficult to grow and require a great deal of maintenance. Well, compared to fruit trees, they actually take amazingly little care! Here are some of our favourites.