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Oct 30 2008

Storing Flower Bulbs Over Winter

Storing Flower Bulbs Over Winter

Depending on your location in the USDA plant growing zone, most tender bulbs such as Elephant Ears, Cannas, Dahlias, Gladioli, Lilys and others will need to be dug up and stored for the winter. Many who live in cold border zones, also refuse to take a chance with their heirloom Iris.

First be sure and dig the bulbs up very carefully and shake off most of the excess soil. Do NOT rinse them, or let them get near water. If they get wet at this stage, they will rot over Winter. Remember, your bulbs need to be stored in a cool, Not cold, dry location.
When deciding where to store your bulbs, there are 2 things that must be considered; do not let your bulbs freeze and don’t let the storage boxes / containers get wet. If you have a dry, cool secluded corner in the garage or basement, you may have the perfect storage spot.

blue iris in bloom

blue iris in bloom

© 2007 photo courtesy L Watts

Many gardeners wrap their bulbs in newspaper and layer them in boxes. Others save cardboard egg cartons for storing smaller bulbs. Many Master Gardeners suggest dusting the bulbs with a fungicide before storing. Instead of using cardboard others claim the best way to store bulbs is by placing in dry peat moss or wood shavings, place in a brown paper bag. My Aunt used plastic milk crates (available at your local retailer), recycled netted onion bags or even a pair of old tights. No matter which method you use, be sure and label your bulbs before putting them to bed so you will know which bulbs are which in the Spring.

One last storage tip;
Make sure you store your bulbs where wild critters can’t get to them. After taking all of the time and effort to dig up each and every bulb, there is no sense in letting your sleeping babies become a Winter feast for the squirrels !

© 2007 oOdles of infOrmation

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Oct 26 2008

Plants Deer Avoid

Plants Deer Avoid

If a deer gets hungry enough they will eat practically anything. There has been sporadic scientific research on plants that deer find unappetizing. According to many nursery wholesalers and through trial and error there are some plants that deer traditionally will only eat as a last resort.

deer in the woods

deer in the woods

© 2008 photo courtesy L Watts

The following is an alphabetized list of plants that deer would not normally feed upon.

Bee balm
Black locust
Butterfly bush
Rock rose
Russian sage
Wax myrtle

Here is another article offered by bluegrassgardens with

ideas on how to Keep Deer out of the Garden.

© 2008 oOdles of infOrmation

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Oct 25 2008

Home Composting Yard Waste

Home Composting
How to compost your yard waste

Most Homeowners rake leaves, clean out and weed existing flower beds, prune shrubs, trim hedges, change out annual landscape plants, thin our perennials and mow their lawns. What do you do with your seasonal yard waste? Do you toss your coffee grounds? How about when you brew a cup of hot tea or a pitcher of iced tea? Save those grounds and tea bags. Why not compost it! If you have a place to grow and care for plants you have the potential to make your own compost to enrich your soil. Here are a few ideas to start using your yard and kitchen waste today. If you are tired of raking and bagging up leaves, setting up a Leaf Mold compost pile is one of the easiest ways you can enrich your soil.

If you want to ensure the blooms on your Roses, camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons and Viburnum are large, healthy and have the most showy, vivid colors, recycle your morning coffee grounds by placing them in the soil around your rose bush. There are many ways to set up yard waste systems using the space you have available. There are commercial products as well as home made tried and true ideas using trash cans or wire bins ensuring you can find a method that works for you. Be sure and check with your local extension office for the latest building information. If you do decide to become a Home ‘composter’ almost immediately, you’ll notice the difference in your soil, resulting in healthier plants and vegetables.

Guaranteeing it worth the effort !

© 2008 oOdles of infOrmation

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