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Fall Bulb Planting
We will be planting daffodils, alliums and tulips in the Rotary Peace park this Saturday as part of the Fall park cleanup.
all the plants we plant this fall are actually bulbs, even if we
refer to them as such. A true bulb is a fleshy bud sprouting roots
from its bottom, and stems, flowers and foliage from its top or
crown. Tulips, lilies and onions are bulbs.
Corms are comprised of
fleshy tissue and have a bud at the top. Crocus and gladiolus are
examples of corms.
rhizomes (bearded iris) and tap roots (lupins), for example, are
planted similar to bulbs. Be sure to read the package the plant
material comes in, so, you will know the proper planting depth.
Remember pointy side up and all should be well.
As the garden season
winds down, consider combining the bulb planting with an
end-of-season cleanup. For example, getting rid of any debris, and
adding mulch are two useful activities that can be done, just before
you plant bulbs.
Permaculture is an ethically based design methodology. The word permaculture was coined by its co-founders Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. Permaculture is formed from two words permanent and agriculture. A is for Ant. Ants help to protect the garden from Aphids. B is for Bee. Both honey bees and bumblebees help the garden to grow. Bees pollinate the plants so the plants will produce fruit and vegetables. C is for Chickens. Chicken give eggs and help to recycle food and yard waste. D is for Ducks. Ducks eat slugs and snails that want to eat your vegetables. E is for Ethics. Permaculture design is based upon an ethical foundation: people Care, Earth Care, Fair Shares. F is for Food Forest. A food forest is a garden modeled upon a forest. G is for Gardening, garden, and gardener. Gardeners are growing food, herbs and flowers in the garden. H is for Hügelkultur: Hügelkultur is raised garden beds filled with rotten wood and covered with soil and compost. These raised beds require little attentio…
When people ask me how to get started with a garden, one of the first questions I ask them is how much time do you have to spend in your garden each day? The reason I ask this question is people often have great gardens in their minds but in their daily lives, they simply do not have the time to care for those gardens. Sure, the first few days are full of energy as the garden bed or beds are prepared and the seeds and seedlings are planted and everything is watered. But then life happens and the busy schedule that is many peoples’ reality starts to take over and tending the garden gets put aside or left to the weekend. Now, once a garden is established, you do not need to visit it every day, although I do recommend that if you really want a thriving organic garden then allow yourself at least five minutes each day. During those five minutes all you are doing is observing, looking for changes like any unwanted visitors or signs that something may be wrong, brown leaves, chew marks and so …