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The Art of Planting Spring Bulbs: Tips for a Bountiful Blooming Garden

Blooming Garden

 

As we enter the season of anticipation and preparation, where nature paints a canvas with vibrant hues, it’s time to think ahead to spring.

Have you planted your spring-flowering bulbs yet? If not, don’t worry; there’s still time to embrace the joys of gardening and ensure your garden bursts into a riot of colors as soon as the last frost melts away.

Planting bulbs allows them to develop strong roots before the harsh grasp of winter. But there’s more to it than digging a hole and dropping in a bulb.

This article will guide you through the process and help you decide which bulbs to choose and how to plant them.

The Early Bird Gets the Bulb

Before diving into the “do’s” and “don’ts” of planting spring bulbs, let’s talk about the importance of timing. The moment you put a bulb in the ground plays a pivotal role in determining when your garden will come to life. So, the first tip of the week is to consider whether you’ve planted your bulbs in time.

Tip of the Week: Planting Bulbs in Autumn

As the days grow shorter and the air becomes crisper, seasoned gardeners know it’s time to think about the beauty that spring will bring. If you haven’t planted your spring bulbs yet, you might be in luck—there’s still time. Planting in the fall gives your bulbs the perfect window to establish their roots before the ground freezes.

With careful planning and consideration, this easy project can bring immense joy and vibrant colors to your garden come spring.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Planting Bulbs

Now that you know the importance of timing, it’s time to delve into the “do’s” and “don’ts” of planting bulbs for a successful spring garden.

  • Choose the Right Location

The first step in planting spring bulbs is selecting the perfect location. Bulbs thrive in well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight. Find a spot in your garden that receives at least 6 hours of daylight daily. The right location will ensure your flowers receive the energy they need to bloom beautifully.

  • Plan Your Planting Around Bloom Time

Spring bulbs offer a diverse range of bloom times. Daffodils and crocuses are among the early risers, gracing your garden with their colors at the beginning of the season. Tulips, on the other hand, make their grand entrance a bit later.  To create a harmonious progression of colors, check with your bulb seller to learn the expected bloom times for each variety and plan your planting accordingly.

  • Mix It Up with Variety

While tulips and daffodils are classic choices, consider adding some diversity to your garden with less common options. Early-blooming snowdrops (Galanthus), with their dainty white bells, can create a unique and charming display. Additionally, late-blooming giant allium, resembling oversized ornamental onions with their purple heads on tall stalks, can add a touch of drama to your garden.

  • Water After Planting

Once you’ve nestled your bulbs into the soil, please give them a good drink. This initial watering helps the bulbs settle into their new home and establish roots. It’s a crucial step in ensuring their success.

  • Do Not Plant Bulbs in Rows

It might be tempting to plant your bulbs in neat rows, but this method can lead to an uninspiring result if some bulbs fail to bloom. Instead, try grouping them in pockets or clusters of 10-12 bulbs. This way, you’ll enjoy a burst of color next spring, even if a few bulbs decide to take a break.

  • Do Not: Plant All Bulbs the Same Way

Different bulbs have different spacing requirements. Large bulbs, like tulips and daffodils, should be spaced about 6 inches apart, which means you’ll need around five bulbs per square foot. Smaller bulbs, such as crocus and grape hyacinth or miniature daffodils, can be placed about 4 inches apart, requiring eight small bulbs per square foot of garden area. Ensuring proper spacing is essential to avoid overcrowding and competition for resources.

  • Do Not Forget to Fertilize and Top-Dress

To help your bulbs establish strong roots and ensure healthy growth, use a fertilizer high in phosphorous when planting. This essential nutrient aids in root development and encourages robust flowering. After planting, top-dress the beds with shredded wood mulch or mulched leaves to provide insulation, retain moisture, and protect your bulbs during the winter.

The Bulb Planting Process

To give you a deeper look at the bulb planting process, let’s break it down into a few easy steps.

  • Choose Your Bulbs: Start by selecting the bulbs you want to plant. Consider your local climate and soil conditions when making your choice.
  • Select the Right Spot: Find a location in your garden that receives ample sunlight and has well-drained soil. Prepare the ground by loosening it and adding compost for added nutrients.
  • Dig Holes: Dig holes or trenches for your bulbs. The depth of the hole should be approximately three times the bulb’s height. Place large bulbs like tulips and daffodils about 6 inches apart and smaller bulbs like crocus about 4 inches apart.
  • Plant the Bulbs: Position each bulb with its pointy end facing up. Cover the bulbs with soil and gently press down to remove air pockets. Water the area thoroughly to help the bulbs settle and initiate root growth.
  • Fertilize: As mentioned earlier, use a fertilizer high in phosphorous to aid root development. Apply it when planting.
  • Top-Dress: After planting, add a layer of mulch to help insulate the soil and protect the bulbs during the winter months.

Choosing the Right Bulbs

The success of your spring garden largely depends on your bulb selection. Here are some popular spring-flowering bulb varieties to consider:

  • Tulips: With their vast array of colors and shapes, tulips are a garden favorite. From classic red and yellow to unique parrot tulips, there’s a tulip for every garden.
  • Daffodils: Daffodils, also known as narcissus, are easy to grow and come in various sizes and colors. They’re known for their cheerful yellow and white blossoms.
  • Crocuses: These small but charming flowers are among the first to bloom in spring, often pushing through the last remnants of winter’s snow.
  • Hyacinths: Hyacinths are known for their fragrant blooms and vibrant colors and make a delightful addition to any garden.
  • Alliums: Alliums, including the giant alliums, are unique and attention-grabbing with their globe-shaped purple flowers.
  • Snowdrops: Snowdrops are one of the earliest spring flowers to emerge, with delicate white petals that resemble tiny bells.
  • Grape Hyacinth: These charming little bulbs produce clusters of small, grape-like flowers, often in shades of blue and purple.

Enhancing Your Garden

To take your bulb planting to the next level, consider the following tips for enhancing your garden’s overall appeal:

  • Color Schemes: Plan your bulb planting to create color schemes that complement each other. For example, you could combine pink and white tulips for a romantic theme or mix bright yellow daffodils with deep purple hyacinths for a striking contrast.
  • Layering: Experiment with layering different types of bulbs in the same area. Plant larger bulbs deeper and smaller bulbs above them. This technique not only maximizes your space but also creates a visually exciting garden.
  • Bulbs in Containers: If you have limited garden space or want to add a pop of color to your patio, consider planting bulbs in containers. Choose decorative pots or boxes and follow the same planting guidelines for the garden.
  • Maintenance: Once your bulbs bloom in the spring, remember to deadhead (remove faded flowers) to encourage the plant to put more energy into growing and storing nutrients for the following year. Allow the foliage to die back naturally, as it nourishes the bulbs.

Conclusion: The Promise of Spring

Planting spring bulbs is a rewarding and joyful endeavor, and with the proper knowledge and careful planning, you can look forward to a garden that bursts into life with a tapestry of colors come spring. So, if you still need to plant your bulbs, it’s not too late. Follow the “do’s” and “don’ts” of bulb planting, select the suitable varieties for your region, and prepare to be dazzled by the beauty that nature has in store for you.

Embrace the promise of spring, and let your garden bloom with the vibrant artistry of these flowering bulbs. As you watch the first shoots emerge from the soil and the petals unfurl,

you’ll be grateful for the time and effort you put into planting those bulbs during the crisp, cool autumn days. Spring will arrive, and with it, the assurance that nature’s cycles will continue, bringing life, beauty, and renewal to your garden and spirit.

 

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The fall harvest is on!

For at least another week, it appears there will be no frost warning along the Front Range, so vegetables can be left to continue ripening if they are not yet ready to pick.

If you are ready to harvest and store this year’s crop, however, here are some tips to prolong the shelf life of produce you grow or bring home from a farmer’s market.

fall harvest

To harvest most plants from your garden, it’s best to avoid pulling or tugging on plants as that will damage them. Instead, use a sharp knife or pruners to cut stems to remove the produce. Make a clean cut and hold on to the fruit, not the stem.

When buying pumpkins, select the ones with a stem still attached if you want them to last through the fall. After harvesting squashes and pumpkins, carrying them by the stem will likely cause it to break off. Without the stems, they will deteriorate sooner.

In general, the cooler days of fall are ideal for harvesting and cloudy days better than sunny ones. Morning is the best time to pick produce because that is when veggies have the highest water content.

Prepping veggies for storage

  • Getting most veggies wet leads to quicker spoilage. For root crops harvested in the fall such as carrots, turnips, radishes, beets, and additionally, for green beans, getting them wet will shorten their shelf-life.

  • After digging root crops, wipe dirt off with a dry paper towel or cloth and remove the green tops. Root crops will last up to 3 months if kept unwashed in a ventilated plastic bag in the coolest part of the fridge. Carrots picked now will last until Thanksgiving!

  • If you have a cool basement, it can provide excellent storage for root crops plus potatoes, cabbage and tomatoes. Caution: keep carrots away from apples, potatoes and any other veggies that produce ethylene gas as it will make them bitter.

Harvested lettuce and other non-root crops such as peas, corn, broccoli, cauliflower and summer squash, need to breathe and have air circulation to keep them from wilting. Avoid wrapping them tightly in a plastic bag. Instead, use ventilated plastic bags and keep produce in the refrigerator. The coolness shows down metabolism and prolongs freshness.

For lettuce and herbs, insert a moist towel in storage bags. It will add moisture to help prolong freshness without making the greens soggy.

Following these tips can help you enjoy this fall’s harvest well into the months ahead!

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Why It’s Cool To Go Native

Columbine flower

                         Columbine

We have so many plant choices in Colorado, it’s easy to lose track of plants that have always grown here. Yet, there are good reasons to have a few native plants growing in our yards.

The No. 1 reason to plant natives is that Colorado is NOT an easy place to grow plants. We have wild temperature swings, hard freezes, a dry climate and harsh winters. We can and do grow non-natives here, but non-natives can take more work, develop diseases that require us to buy expensive treatments and most important, they often need more water.

Natives are the plants that occur naturally in our region and they have a natural relationship with our ecosystem and wildlife. Some species like Monarch butterflies deposit their eggs on only one kind of plant – milkweed. Others aren’t quite so picky, but still prefer certain plants for their eggs. Without the plants they need to lay their eggs, we won’t have the food source of those emerging caterpillars and insects that feed 96% of our songbirds.

One of the best examples of a native plant is our state flower – the Colorado Columbine. As dainty as it looks, you would never expect it grows in our harsh growing conditions. Yet it is one of our prettiest natives.

YARROW FLOWER

              Yarrlow

Use other flowering perennials to dress up your yard and don’t be afraid to cut them for bouquets. Yarrow, for example, provides great color outdoors, can be used as a cut flower – and even dried for fall arrangements.

When we add more natives in our yards, we’re being Colorado-friendly, have less maintenance to do – and we save water.

 

 

 

 

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Heads-Up On Lawn Problems This Year

Your lawn may get affected by various problems such as Mite Damage, Ascochyta Leaf Blight, Frog Eye or Necrotic Ring Spot. Whether these problems occur due to extreme weather conditions, insufficient water, or over-watering, you will need experts’ help to overcome these lawn problems. Here is the tip of the week from the lawn experts for the best garden care.

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Heads-Up On Lawn Problems This Year

Many property owners are wondering if their lawns just didn’t wake up this spring from their long winter nap – and many lawns did not. Patches of dead lawn are prevalent along the Front Range due to turf mites. 

Heads-up on lawn problems this year

They thrive in dry turf conditions and consequently, are a major problem this year due to lack of winter snow cover and moisture. Lawns that did not receive supplemental water over the winter probably suffered more.

Most of the mite damage has been done by now. If the lawn is damaged, it’s not too late to hand water damaged areas to kill any mites that remain. But if areas of the lawn are dead, they will need to be replaced.

Other potential lawn problems are just ahead. Be aware of them so if your grass turns to straw, you don’t apply more water and make the problem worse.

Ascochyta Leaf Blight

If your lawn suddenly looks “dead,” suspect Ascochyta Leaf Blight. Infected lawns turn straw-colored and this can happen quickly, almost overnight. Our spring conditions could open the door to this turf problem.

Ascochyta occurs when we move quickly from cool, rainy periods to the very warm temps like those in the forecast for next week. While lawns look unsightly, the good news is the roots are rarely threatened and extra TLC can help restore the lawn.

Since wet conditions drive the blight, it is critical to avoid over watering. Make sure the lawnmower blade is sharp as dull blades damage the lawn leaf. Reduce mowing frequency and raise low mower settings to a height of 3 to 3 ½ inches. With proper care and lack of excessive moisture, the lawn should recover within a couple weeks.

Frog eye

Frog eye

Another common and more serious turf problem is “frog eye” or Necrotic Ring Spot (NRS). You may see it in early summer, but it will be most prevalent in July and August when lawns are usually the most stressed. NRS creates circular, doughnut-like patches in the lawn. Because it is a perennial fungus problem that also attacks roots, it is more difficult to manage and can be an ongoing threat.

When people see the brown patches in their lawn, they almost instinctively water the lawn more. This is, however, the worst thing to do as over-watering aggravates the problem.

What you should do:

  • Set the mower height to at least 3 inches, avoid cutting off more than 1/3 of grass length at one time and grass cycle clippings on the lawn with a mulching mower.
  • Cut back on fertilizer and provide the highest application of Nitrogen in a slow release form in the fall.
  • Aerate in the spring.
  • Get professional input, particularly if you consider applying a fungicide. Timing is critical and other considerations also apply.

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Light Pollution Hurts More Than The View

Light pollution is damaging to the ecosystem as it reduces the number of nocturnal pollinators thereby making a significant impact on agricultural productivity. This blog highlights the importance of reducing light pollution and enumerates important steps to do so for a productive and sustainable ecosystem.

Light pollution hurts more than the view

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