Brian Minter

Not only are they great tasting and decorative

MINTER: Try planting your own raspberries this season

Not only are they great tasting and decorative, but they are also a great health food

Not only are they great tasting and decorative
Christmas cactus

COLUMN: Christmas cactus – true or not?

Have you ever wondered why your Christmas cactus always blooms too early or too late for the Christmas season?

Christmas cactus
Christmas containers are not new

COLUMN: Wonderful winter baskets

The weather has turned milder after the windy chilly spell we had last week, so let’s dress up the outside and inside of our homes...

Christmas containers are not new
Winter heathers can add a nice burst of colour in your garden during the cold-weather months.

COLUMN: Adding some winter colour

Winter is coming. So, here’s a cold-weather checklist for your garden...

Winter heathers can add a nice burst of colour in your garden during the cold-weather months.

COLUMN: Many of the finest bulbs are overlooked by gardeners

More than 116 million Dutch flower bulbs have now made their way into Canadian garden stores, import warehouses and greenhouse coolers

COLUMN: Choose your perennials for summer colour

By adding some very special mid-season perennials, you can make an enormous difference to the whole look and feel of your summer garden...

Vegetable gardens have become smaller and more productive.

COLUMN: Timed plantings will yield food throughout season

I know it’s hot out there, but let’s keep our food gardens growing seamlessly through the summer and into fall and winter...

Vegetable gardens have become smaller and more productive.

COLUMN: Time to start pruning your trees and shrubs

It’s high time to be out there with pruning shears in hand, cleaning up our trees and shrubs, but we also must be a little cautious

COLUMN: October checklist for gardens

Look at all the outdoor colour potential in other gardens and in garden stores at this time of year...

Planting some different

COLUMN: Millions of bulbs have arrived

Canada is the ninth largest Dutch bulb importing country in the world.

Planting some different

COLUMN: Forgotten heroes of fall colour

Keeps your garden looking fresh and vibrant in autumn

COLUMN: Autumn Crocus love to bask in the sunshine

Fall blooming colchicums go by the name of Autumn Crocus, although they are not really a crocus at all...

COLUMN: Still plenty of time to plant in B.C.

August is a very important transitional time in our vegetable gardens...

COLUMN: Unique plant for Christmas

There is a new and very unique plant that deserves some attention. Ardisia crenata (or Coral Berry) has arrived on the market.

Gardening: Crocus is really a lily

I write about these bulbs almost every summer because they are so easy to grow and are so important for fall colour.

COLUMN: Dry, hot weather is tough on plants

After five months of cooler, wetter weather than I’ve ever seen before, we’re about to experience some record hot temperatures.

Summertime fragrance

Summertime fragrance

Summertime in our gardens, whenever it comes, should be the ultimate outdoor…

Summertime fragrance
Pansies are an easy way to add a little colour into a dreary

Column: Prepare for spring colour in gardens

I’ve never seen a year that has stayed so cold and wet…

Pansies are an easy way to add a little colour into a dreary

There is a secret to defeating moss

Moss, moss and more moss! It is in lawns everywhere this year, spreading vigorously and choking out those poor lawn grasses. In spite of all the lime and moss control applied, it seems to get worse.

The problem with moss is our lack of understanding about why it grows in our lawns. We knock it back each year, but we never really seem to get rid of it. Let's start by looking at why moss grows.

MINTER: Flowers can have a powerful effect

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you really want to…