Remedial fall gardening in the spring

mrehberg(z 2&3 / Alaska)May 25, 2009

Spring is here, and here I am doing remedial fall bulb plantings! Am I the only one?

Chances are about even in a given year that I miss the fall bulb planting time and then hit the hard ground freeze, then have to overwinter them until spring. Here are some observations:

- "seed garlic" bought for planting does not survive well, usually drying out

- however, my own home-grown garlic from last summer (the leftovers we didn't eat!) overwinters beautifully in the same conditions, and I just planted out a bunch of firm robust cloves

- tulip and daffodil survival in a 40 degree garage is not terrible - maybe 2/3 make it thru without drying or molding

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I didn't realize fall bulbs could even be planted in spring.

Won't they rot underground because of too much moisture, instead of cold weather, just after they've been planted?

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 7:13PM
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mytime(3/4 Alaska)

I too have planted tulip and daffodil bulbs in the spring. Although it's certainly not ideal, it only takes a few minutes to get them in the ground, and any that come up are better than the zero that come up if you don't plant them!

    Bookmark   May 31, 2009 at 2:26AM
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