As we enter the fall of 2012 with one of the hottest and driest summers in recent memory behind us, we’ve been given a clear demonstration of why fall is a great time of year to plant. We’re past the peak temperatures that made it difficult to be in the garden for long hours, and we’re hopeful that the fall will bring more moisture, making it easier to establish plants in the garden.
In addition to adding other favourites to your garden, one of the most important things to add at this time of year are spring bulbs. (Remember, spring bulbs need to be planted in fall to bloom the following spring. Do not make the mistake of thinking you can wait until spring.)
Take advantage of the crisp autumn air and use these tips to prepare for spring 2013:
- Start planting bulbs when the ground temperature is 10 degrees Celsius, with the pointy side up, approximately three times deeper then the height of the bulb, in a well-drained loamy soil. Water after planting and in dry periods.
- You do not need to fertilize bulbs in the first year; subsequent years use a balanced fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, when bulbs are actively growing.
- Plant bulbs in clusters of odd numbers, the bigger your garden, the bigger the cluster should be to create the most impact. Plant low varieties in front of high ones.
- Different spring bulbs bloom at different times. Here is a list of the most popular bulbs that bloom from earliest to latest: Snowdrops, Crocus, Daffodils, Grape Hyacinths, Hyacinths, Fritillaria, Tulips, Allium. Plant combinations from this list to have blooms in your garden from March to June!
- If you are worried about squirrels and/or deer eating your bulbs:
- Be sure not to leave any of the bulb wrappings on the surface of the soil.
- Try planting Fritillaria among your Tulips; the smell deters pests.
- Try planting Snowdrops, Daffodils, Grape Hyacinths, Hyacinths, Fritillaria and Allium, which are known to be pest resistant.
September is an excellent time to plant and gives you one last chance to add your favourites to the garden before winter! To see more photos of our 2012 collection, visit us on facebook!