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Time To Plan For... Spring?

9:16 PM, Sep 15, 2012   |    comments
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Triad --  Fall is in the air.  You might be thinking about fall decorating... cooler weather... fall festivities...

One thing you may not be thinking about is spring. 

Now is actually the time to plan your spring garden.  If you want to enjoy those first spring bulbs, the time to pull out he bulb catalog is now.  If you plan and order now, they'll be ready to go by the time you need to plant them. 

Here are a few tips to keep in  mind...  These are all from A Way To Garden.

Use animal resistant bulbs.  There's nothing worse than putting in all the hard work and looking forward to those spring flowers... only to find the blooms eaten off of your tulips.  The more the animals enjoy your flowers, the less you get to. 

If you have a shady area, make sure you plan for it.  Most flowers that come from bulbs like sun but there are a few that do like shade.  You might try bluebells or certain species of lilies.   

Make your spring last extra long.  First, plant extra early bloomers.  Winter aconite, snowdrops, and crocus come in way before other plants.  Then remember to plan for flowers that bloom at different times.  Rather than just planning what you think looks pretty, consider bulbs that bloom at different times.  If you plan it right, you can actually enjoy two months of daffodils!

Finally, compare prices.  Read the fine print.  Prices vary from catalog to catalog.  Quality may also differ.  If you find a really good deal, make sure you know what you're getting.  You may pay a really low price... for some really tiny bulbs.

You should plant your bulbs when the temperatures consistently stay between 40 and 50 degrees.  We have a few weeks before that happens.   

In the meantime, enjoy the milder weather!

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