Your October Garden Checklist

Your October Garden Checklist

October is an important month for many things in our gardens. Here are the top 10 projects to tackle: 1. It’s the last chance to plant garlic for harvest next July. Raised beds, sandy soil and a sunny location are key. Russian garlic is quite successful in our...
True Winter Vegetables

True Winter Vegetables

Chilliwack 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 and beyond....
Pruning: Selecting The Right Tools for the Job

Pruning: Selecting The Right Tools for the Job

Minter Country Garden-blog Like a good spring house cleaning, a thorough pruning can make your garden look clean and fresh at this time of year. Like a good spring house cleaning, a thorough pruning can make your garden look clean and fresh at this time of year....
Overwintering Outdoor Tropicals

Overwintering Outdoor Tropicals

plants We’ve loved the exotic look of our tropical plants on our patios all summer, but we are moving closer to the cool nights of autumn so… now what? How and when we overwinter these more delicate plants depends on their individual nature and the most tender plants...
My Favourite Ornamentals For Fall Foliage Colour

My Favourite Ornamentals For Fall Foliage Colour

cold weather plants Sourwood Tree I can’t make up my mind if I like a sourwood tree (Oxydendrum arboreum) better in August or in October. In August, its cascades of white flowers are a nice treat. Then in late summer, its foliage turns to red, lasting well into...