Monday, October 08, 2007


It's been raining a fair amount in our neck of the woods lately. Everything in the garden appreciates that...even the bulbs.
This time of year is when the bulbs bulk-up and drink up, in preparation for a long, cold winter. You might think that your bulbs are just sitting there, under the ground, waiting innocently for spring...but that's not true. This is the time they are generating good, strong roots and settling in for a long wait until blooming time. So, what can you do to help them?
If you are in the unfortunate areas that are begging for rain (unlike me), you'll need to give the areas of the garden where your bulbs are planted, a good soak. Before you do that you might get some fertilizer that has "0" for the first number. That first number is for nitrogen which helps a plant generate lots of leaves (or green growth). What the bulbs need is a good jolt of fertilizer for their root and flower development. Try a "0-10-10" percentage of fertilizer...or something similar. Scratch that into the soil above your bulbs, and water.
If you are fortunate enough to be getting a good amount of rain, still give the bulbs some fertilizer and do try to scratch it into the soil so it doesn't run off.
In the spring, you'll be glad you gave your bulbs that little extra bit of attention. They'll pay you off with wonderful flowers! Stand back and ENJOY!


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