Fall planting and unplanting

Nice day to poke around the garden and try to get about 400 tulips, hyacinths, crocuses (crocii?) and garlic bulbs into the ground and take out, for winter storage, the giant dahlia tubers in the flower beds.

Tulips are a matter of late season brinksmanship with the local nurseries. During prime planting season — September through the middle of November — the going rate is about $8 for 25 tulips and  $6 for five hyacinths. Not a good rate, but around this time of year, when the shelves are still stocked with bulbs, the nurseries have to cut prices, and usually do about 50%.

Dahlias are big, showy, finale flowers — the closers of the flower growing season. Here’s my big orange ones from this October. I cut them back last weekend after a frost blacked their leaves, and dug them up with a spade this afternoon, washed off the dirt, and cut out some tubers for next season’s garden with a utility knife.

The garlic I found at the local feed and grain while picking up bird seed. The owner suggested I give it a try, so I bought two dozen seed cloves and put them in the ground this afternoon. Won’t realize the fruits of my labors until next summer.

All in all a good day in the dirt. My back will have something to say about it tomorrow, but this is a quasi-vacation week, and aside from some random calls, I’ll be back out in the yard later this week with rake, shovel, and wheelbarrow.

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

0 thoughts on “Fall planting and unplanting”

  1. Nice looking flowers.

    Betsy’s Roses are still blooming nicely–I cut two dozen red for the table. I have seven late season heirloom tomatoes on the vine going ever so slowly red, and five giant navel oranges on a young bush doing it’s first-year teaser production thing.

    Just finished cutting my one-acre lawn.

    Lovely flowers Dave. Have fun with the garlic, it’s a nice addition to any garden.

    go totally tuber and put some chunks of sprouted potatoes in your garden next year– one sprouted eye for each plant– then sit back and enjoy. fresh potatoes area joy to eat and easy to grow.

    Yours in tyie-dyes and eart shoes,!


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