Brian Minter

It's science: Flowers really do bring happiness

It’s science: Flowers really do bring happiness

With so much stress and depression in today’s world, it’s great to know that something as simple as a bouquet can help.

It's science: Flowers really do bring happiness
Pumpkins: Not just for jack-o-lanterns anymore

Pumpkins: Not just for jack-o-lanterns anymore

For home décor, especially for Thanksgiving displays, it’s hard to beat pumpkins combined with corn stalks and hay bales.

Pumpkins: Not just for jack-o-lanterns anymore
Get growing garlic

Get growing garlic

Pungent bulb is one of the Lower Mainland's most viable crops.

Get growing garlic
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Discover the bright beauty of crocosmias

It’s wonderful to have a good source for cut flowers in our summer gardens, and cut crocosmias last for almost two weeks.

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Sanguisorbas are among a number of light and wispy plants that can add visual variety to a garden.

The special effects of ‘see-through’ plants

They are often so light and wispy that the slightest breeze provides gentle movement, adding another delight to the garden.

Sanguisorbas are among a number of light and wispy plants that can add visual variety to a garden.
There are three types of beans: the snap types (the green and yellow varieties); green shelling beans (broad beans); and the dry shell varieties (the kidney types).

Here’s the dirt on beans

All beans are legumes, like peas, and fix nitrogen in the soil as they grow, making them an important nutrient crop.

There are three types of beans: the snap types (the green and yellow varieties); green shelling beans (broad beans); and the dry shell varieties (the kidney types).
Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens) is one of the most versatile of all the summer blooming plants.

Infuse your summer garden with fragrance

Think outside the flower box when planning your plants and blooms.

Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens) is one of the most versatile of all the summer blooming plants.
Peas can be planted thoughout the season to stagger crops.

Enjoy peas through the summer

Long spring has delayed start, but plant now and they’ll grow quickly.

Peas can be planted thoughout the season to stagger crops.
It’s time to get your early vegetables growing.

Now is the time to get a head start on food crops

Get growing if you want to savour the wonderful fresh taste of new vegetables this spring.

It’s time to get your early vegetables growing.
Success with seeds

Success with seeds

Less than 50 per cent of all the seeds purchased actually grow to maturity. Here's how to increase the odds.

Success with seeds
Rhubarb is very hardy

Now is the ideal time to plant ‘hot’ and hardy rhubarb

Well-established plants can be harvested for about five to eight weeks.

Rhubarb is very hardy
Keeping trees and shrubs clean

Keeping trees and shrubs clean

Dormant spraying is an important winter task in the garden.

Keeping trees and shrubs clean
Pruning conifers, broadleaved evergreens and flowering shrubs

Pruning conifers, broadleaved evergreens and flowering shrubs

Cutting back extends the health and life of all the trees in your garden.

Pruning conifers, broadleaved evergreens and flowering shrubs
Long-lasting fresh flowers brighten up winter's dark days

Long-lasting fresh flowers brighten up winter’s dark days

Orchids, anthuriums and proteas are some of the more exotic blooms to consider.

Long-lasting fresh flowers brighten up winter's dark days
Pumpkins: Not just for Jack-O'-Lanterns

Pumpkins: Not just for Jack-O’-Lanterns

The traditional Halloween crop has a rich history, and an even brighter future.

Pumpkins: Not just for Jack-O'-Lanterns
The art of combining bulbs is truly the magic that makes all the difference in the late winter and early spring garden.

Master the art of combining bulbs

Both colour and blooming time should be taken into consideration to achieve magic in the garden.

The art of combining bulbs is truly the magic that makes all the difference in the late winter and early spring garden.
Hibiscus is one of the most under-used blossoming shrubs.

Rose of Sharon brings a touch of Hawaii

Hibiscus is one of the most under-used summer shrubs.

Hibiscus is one of the most under-used blossoming shrubs.
Cannas add drama. Their striking leaf colours and variegations create an opportunity for some fabulous combinations.

Add a tropical touch to your garden

Canna lilies have been around for a long time, but they're experiencing a huge resurgence.

Cannas add drama. Their striking leaf colours and variegations create an opportunity for some fabulous combinations.
A guide to winter-flowering shrubs

A guide to winter-flowering shrubs

Blooms provide that lift we need during those cold, grey days, and they bring a gentle reminder that spring is on its way.

A guide to winter-flowering shrubs
There's more to pumpkins than just Halloween fun.

Pumpkins: More than just jack-o’-lanterns

All pumpkins are indigenous to America and were grown along with corn by native Americans, making them one of the first companion crops.

There's more to pumpkins than just Halloween fun.