|Today I have some tips on planting spring bulbs. It's
often hard for us to be patient when we see all the beautiful pictures
and catalogs this time of year. If you are in a cold climate you should
wait until the end of October or first of November to plant bulbs.
In warmer climates wait until the end of November.
For those of you living in hot climates without our freezing weather you should talk to your county extension office to find out what can be planted in your area. Bulbs planted too soon in warm ground may bud early with the possibility of dying off.
When you plant bulbs be sure to keep in mind how attractive they are to wildlife and take the proper measures. Daffodils, fritillaries and alliums are safe from rodents, squirrels, and voles--plant and enjoy without worry! However, tulips and crocus are very tasty to the wildlife. You can buy small "cages" to plant your bulbs in for protection or make your own with chicken wire which is fairly inexpensive. You can also try sprinkling ground up dried cayenne peppers around the bulbs. One trick that seems to work often is to cover bulbs with crushed gravel. If you have a lot of rodents on your property a combination of these things is recommended.
Bulbs are often the fun part of fall chores but we also have to do a few other things to keep our gardens in shape. Any annuals that are finished blooming should be removed and added to the compost pile, along with leaves you've mulched or chopped. Remember, you want to leave all of your flower beds and garden areas clean of debris.
It will take work now, but you will be SO glad in the spring!
The Beloved Crocus