Garden to-do list

– Posted in: Garden chores, Seeds and Seed Starting

I think I have not bought things from Richter’s yet. I may still, but I am trying to play it by ear. I have figured out that I need at least another 400 square feet of garden space in order to plant the seeds I already ordered, not including 2 varieties of corn that I can’t imagine that I will be able find room for. I have a formal garden planned out for the 400 square feet, but I need it dug by April15th or earlier, and since I am never, ever, ever going to give birth, I don’t see how I can do all that digging with an 18 pound baby in my uterus.

I took an inventory of the bulbs I didn’t get to plant – about 50 daffodils, 33 tulips, 5 Black Dragon Lilies (I really thought I had gotten them into the ground) and handfuls of minor bulbs. They have been stored pretty cool and dark, so I am going to attempt to throw them in pots and stick them in the unheated garage. Has anyone else ever potted things up this late and gotten blooms?

I am getting flowers on my Rosemary.

About the Author

Until recently, Rosemarie Hanson gardened in the alkaline soil of New York’s North Country. Now she gardens in the Finger Lakes region of NY, where the soil is acid and the deer are a plague! She is particularly interested in fragrant plants, old garden roses, tulips, gardening for kids, and kitchen gardens.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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