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Well its fall, great time to plant your bulbs to bloom in the spring. The materials that you will need are spring blooming bulbs, here are some: tulips (not a perennial), crocus, hyacinths, daffodil and narcissus, scilla siberica, amongst others. You'll also need a container, or a garden spot to plant them in the ground and some good potting soil or compost to grow them in.
When planting bulbs for spring, there are a few things to take into consideration, such as picking the right bulbs. Select the bulbs that you want to grow and make sure they are firm and don't have mold and always planting in groups. Determine the best way to plant your bulbs for spring.
Next pick the place where you are planting them:
- If it's in a container, fill it about three quarters of the way depending on the size, keep in mind that you need to cover them at least 5" with some, already wet, potting soil or compost and then plant your bulbs in groups of at least five or more each, depending of what type of bulbs you are planting and the size of the container you are using, you want to create an impression. Try to keep the containers on the dry side over the winter, so mulch them with leaves or keep them in the garage so they don't get soaking wet, they could freeze if it gets really cold out, and then you will lose them.
-If it's in the garden ground, dig holes about 1 foot diameter and 8 inches deep for tulips (8 or 10 bulbs per hole, about 2 inches apart), 5 inches deep for daffodils and narcissus (5 bulbs per hole, about 3 inches apart), and 3 inches deep for smaller bulbs, like crocuses. Mostly of books and gardening sites will suggest to plant them seven, eight inches deep, but I have found by my on hands experience most spring blooming bulbs rot out real easily if they're too deep, or they won't flower.
Best Naturalizing bulbs are narcissus, crocuses, and daffodils, they also do well in shaded wooden areas. Blooming time, late winter to early spring depending on weather.
Tulips prefer full sun and their flowering is very amazing the first years, no so much after that. Blooming time, early, mid and late season, which is from late April to late May.
Follow our next news letter, we will be talking about specific types of bulbs, deer, rabbit and groundhog proof bulbs, and also how to take care of them after flowering, this is a very important step in the success of you spring flowering bulb garden.
Please contact us if you have an specific question or suggestion. And please don't forget to order your firewood, it will make this fall cool nights very cozy for you and your family.
Container(s) - For each plant you will need a container that is at least 20 inches in diameter and a minimum depth of 14 inches. Tomato plant(s)
Rich Organic Soil that contain composted material
36" stakes or tomato cages
1) Fill container with soil leaving 4 inches from the top, take plant out of it's small containers and with your finger nail or a knife cut vertically through the roots. This will loosen them up and get the root system to regrow stronger.
2) Place plant in the center and bury up to the 4th leaf branch from the top. If you plant at the roots this will be a very leggy plant. Pat down soil so plant is stable and not wobbly.
* Added tip* Cracked egg shells around the base of plant will give it calcium, when you water your tomato plant the calcium will seep right into the soil.
3) Place plants in a bright and sunny area. A Western exposure will be perfect. They love the sun!
4) As your tomato plant grows you will need to tie the plant to a stake or a commercial cage. This will support the plant as it grows and won't fall and break the stalk or root system.
5)Make sure your plants have adequate water every day. A dry soil will result in less tomatoes and leggy plants and blossoms falling off.
6) Small green tomatoes will a appear within a month and will grow daily. As the tomato ripens it will be red and shiny and will pull easily off the vine when ripe.
7) Enjoy and hopefully you will go on to other vegetables, enjoy chatting with your neighbors and I am sure they will love giving you tips and ideas!
Sod...You have always wanted to try it and you might have felt intimidated by it's lustrous green blades and that it's only for the well endowed home. Okay, let's get our minds out of the gutter and dig into to how-to do it guide to sod. Your lawn hasn't looked well for years or there's an area that needs to be patched or you want an instant beautiful green lawn to be envied by all. No problem. Best weather to lay sod is on a cloudy day. Heat and sun will stress the sod.
1) Dig up old grass with a shovel by cutting small areas with the edge of your shovel then dig underneath and pull up the roots. Once finished, rake deep to 6 inches and remove any stone or pebbles. Remember, a great foundation to any job will result in a successful finish.
2) Add organic nutrient rich topsoil that has compost.
3) Whatever your square footage of sod is...add extra for piecing.
4) Lay out sod. Make sure that the edges are tightly next to each other. Don't end the strips all the same,offset each row creating a staggered pattern.
5) Fill in area then cut odd shapes.
6) Make sure that all your pieces are pressed down and tight. If your lawn has a sloped area, use wooden pegs to hold the sod down until it roots.
7)Spray a starter fertilizer and water thoroughly until it soaks all the way to to soil underneath.
8)Water everyday,check root establishment. Raise the mower height so that your grass can get thicker and more established. Fertilize with a slow release lawn fertilizer and then again in the fall. Ahhhhh now it's time to dance in your emerald lush green lawn!
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