Brian Minter

There are many new strawberry varieties to enjoy.

So many strawberries, so little time

Main season strawberry varieties, planted now, will develop into good sized plants over the summer, then produce great crops next year.

There are many new strawberry varieties to enjoy.
Easy ways to help bees in your garden as the weather warms.

How to ‘bee’ good a friend

Our poor bees are struggling and anything we can do to help them out is really important.

Easy ways to help bees in your garden as the weather warms.
Pre-packaged bulb combinations have the exact colour blends and timing.

Brian Minter’s bright ideas for bulb displays

The art of combining bulbs is truly the magic that makes all the difference, says Chilliwack's Brian Minter

Pre-packaged bulb combinations have the exact colour blends and timing.
Beans are one of the easiest vegetables to grow

Nothing magical to growing beans

Apart from being easy to grow, colourful and good tasting, bean varieties have really expanded, says Brian Minter

Beans are one of the easiest vegetables to grow
Hanging baskets make a great Mother's Day gift.

Give the gift of green this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is almost here, and many of us are still looking for some inspiration. Well, let me make a few suggestions.

Hanging baskets make a great Mother's Day gift.
Peas prefer a well drained

Fascinating history behind peas

Garden peas are one of the most widely grown and most healthy of all garden vegetables, writes Brian Minter.

Peas prefer a well drained
Radishes

It’s time to get growing

Finally, it’s time to get your early vegetables growing if you want to savor the wonderful fresh taste of new vegetables this spring.

Radishes
oxalis acetosella

The ‘real’ shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day

Once in a while it is nice to pay tribute to a plant that really only gets recognition one day of the year - the shamrock.

oxalis acetosella
Blueberries are one of the best natural health foods we have.

The pure goodness of blueberries

Blueberries are truly a wonderful addition to any garden and one of the very best health foods in the world, says Brian Minter.

Blueberries are one of the best natural health foods we have.
Asparagus

A few pointers on growing asparagus

Asparagus, as one of today's highly prized gourmet vegetables, is relatively expensive. But grown in your garden, it can last 15 years.

Asparagus
Pin-Up Series ‘Flame’ begonia

Better begonias begin now

For shady garden areas, tuberous begonias are one of the old-time favourites.

Pin-Up Series ‘Flame’ begonia
Spruce up your home for the holidays.

Dreaming of a green Christmas

Nothing smells as nice for the Christmas season as fresh greens inside our homes, Brian Minter says.

Spruce up your home for the holidays.
Poinsettias are the number one flowering plant being grown in North America today.

Poinsettias add instant festive touch

Our poinsettia growers are to be congratulated for developing such a strong export market in our province, says Brian Minter

Poinsettias are the number one flowering plant being grown in North America today.

Add a little indoor colour

Stock up your windowsills with some gorgeous plants and brighten up your winter.

There’s more than one pumpkin variety to choose from.

Top picks from the pumpkin patch

There's more to a pumpkin than a Jack O'Lantern, says Brian Minter

There’s more than one pumpkin variety to choose from.
‘Persian Parrotia’

Fall is the time for colour

With a little care you can select trees that provide a beautiful fall display, says Brian Minter

‘Persian Parrotia’
October brings fall colour – and a lot of work around the garden.

Minter’s October to-do list

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

October brings fall colour – and a lot of work around the garden.
Cold

Cucumbers spell summer’s arrival

Cucumbers are fun, fast and easy to grow as long as we get a little cooperation from the weather, says Brian Minter.

Cold
Flowering trees that attract birds or butterflies to the yard are wonderful gift for Mother’s Day

Make Mother’s Day blossom throughout the year

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and many of us are still looking for some inspiration.

Flowering trees that attract birds or butterflies to the yard are wonderful gift for Mother’s Day

Strawberrie fields for June

Strawberries taste great, and they also do lots of other terrific things for us, says Brian Minter