LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Our lifestyle guru Chris Olsen with Botanica Gardens joins Ashley, Alyse, and Tom for some great gardening tips for Home and Garden Wednesday.
The Right Way to Plant Bulbs
October and November are the perfect time to plant your spring blooming bulbs. You want to plant now rather then later. If you wait until December or even later then that, usually your bulbs will sprout but they will bloom in late spring and if we have an early warm up, the flowers will last for only a very short time, that is if they bloom at all. I usually start mid-October. First I prep my ground by adding organic mix and plenty of blood and bone meal. This is organic fertilizer and works great. This will allow for your bulbs to develop a strong root-system and thick lush growth and therefore blooms. There are other bulb fertilizers on the market. The chose is yours....
Remember to buy fresh bulbs and not bulbs that have been in the stores since July. I noticed some big box stores had them so early this year, to early. Look for bulbs that have no bruises and no signs of rot or dryness. Plant with the narrow point side up and plant about 6 inches deep. Some bulbs like crocuses need to be planted only 3 inches deep. Read the directions on the package.
Remember that bulbs such as tulips bloom great the first season, but because of our hot weather, usually decrease in size each year there after. I treat tulips as annuals but there are several perennial varieties available.
Plant a Pumpkin
Now that so many of us are moving on to the Christmas season, you may be thinking of getting rid of your pumpkins. Before you do, plant a pumpkin and grow your own next year. You can wait to do this project until spring if your pumpkin will last that long, but if not, you can plant a pumpkin now. All you have to do is cut the top open, remove about half of the seeds inside and leave the rest. Now just fill the pumpkin with dirt and place in the garden. Next spring the seeds will germinate. Go ahead and thin out the sprouts to just a few chosen ones. Let them grow and before you know it, you will have your very own great pumpkin.