Brian Minter

It may seem like a fair amount of work the first year

The art of the asparagus

If you really enjoy this unique vegetable, why not grow your own?

It may seem like a fair amount of work the first year
Floral Carpet Rose

Coming up roses for springtime

Brian Minter shows you how to bring back the beauty and fragrance of roses to our gardens again.

Floral Carpet Rose
If you want to introduce some fresh life to your home by adding new tropicals

A little TLC for indoor plants

There are a number of important things we can do to get our plants back in shape, says Brian Minter

If you want to introduce some fresh life to your home by adding new tropicals
Berried plants that fruit

Minter: Feeding your feathered friends

If you haven’t done so before, try setting up a bird feeding station for the winter, says Brian Minter

Berried plants that fruit
The many new varieties of conifers provide all sorts of exciting combination opportunities.

Minter: Gardening in small spaces for winter

Some creative nurseries are looking at conifers from a different perspective and doing a few innovative things, says Brian Minter

The many new varieties of conifers provide all sorts of exciting combination opportunities.
Gulf Stream turns  to red shades in winter and keeps that colour until spring

Minter: Fall foliage that brings colour to your garden

At this time of year, vibrant fall colour lifts your spirits, says Brian Minter.

Gulf Stream turns  to red shades in winter and keeps that colour until spring
For colour in late December and January

Minter: Autumn to-do list for gardens

October is an important month for many things in our gardens.

For colour in late December and January
Most weeds

Minter: Fall tune-up for your lawn

There are a few really fine lawns out there, says Brian Minter, but most do need work to get them into shape for the fall and winter months.

Most weeds
Even though we have to make a few important adjustments to the traditional way we garden

Minter: How to attract butterflies to your garden

We are learning the true value of insects in our gardens, as friends, pollinators and predators for some of our more troublesome pests.

Even though we have to make a few important adjustments to the traditional way we garden
Coleus blend well with so many other plants and now with the wide range of separate coloured leaves

Minter: Add some colour with coleus

The other nice thing about foliage plants is the new and wonderful colour combinations you can create, writes Brian Minter

Coleus blend well with so many other plants and now with the wide range of separate coloured leaves
In a rather impersonal world today

Minter: Gardening offers plenty to dig into

Friday, June 17 is designated as National Garden Day, the day to celebrate what gardens mean to Canadians.

In a rather impersonal world today
June is an important month for vegetable gardeners

Enjoying the fruits (and vegetables) of your labours

Early June is a critical time in the garden, Brian Minter says, both for replanting and beginning some late summer and even winter crops.

June is an important month for vegetable gardeners
Bean varieties have really expanded

The magic behind better beans

Now that beans have earned the recognition they deserve, we need to be a little more creative in how we grow them, writes Brian Minter

Bean varieties have really expanded
Cucumbers are fun

Explore new cucumber varieities

Cucumbers are warm weather plants and should only be set out when the weather warms up and stays warm, Brian Minter writes.

Cucumbers are fun
Today

What’s new in the world of tomatoes

The weather has been a bit crazy this year, and Brian Minter says he can’t believe how many tomato plants have already hit the ground.

Today
The Boomer generation

Growing your own goodness

It’s the beginning of a brand new growing season, so make plans to enjoy your own home-grown fresh foods this year, says Brian Minter.

The Boomer generation
Versatile shrub roses are easy to care for and provide great ground cover.

A rose by any other name still needs spring care, says Minter

Today’s new roses are not only long and continuous blooming but also hardy and very disease resistant, Brian Minter writes.

Versatile shrub roses are easy to care for and provide great ground cover.
Early cool colour plants must be able to handle unexpected late frosts

Capturing cool colours for spring

Here are some ‘feel good now and even better later’ plants that will make a big difference in your garden this year.

Early cool colour plants must be able to handle unexpected late frosts
If you really enjoy this unique vegetable

Asparagus offers the ultimate welcome to springtime

Asparagus, as one of today’s highly prized gourmet vegetables, is relatively expensive because of the time it takes to come into production

If you really enjoy this unique vegetable
Rhubarb is a perennial and will thrive for many years

Rhubarb an easy and tasty addition to any garden

Rhubarb is so very useful in our cooking and yet, far too few are being grown in our gardens, even small space ones, says Brian Minter.

Rhubarb is a perennial and will thrive for many years