Fall isn't even here yet, and I already have Spring on the mind- how bizarre. This is due to the deadline for planting my spring bulbs is on the way, and I want to make sure that I'm well prepared to get 'em planted!
This year will be a first for me, as I'm going to experiment with re-planting some of my old bulbs from this past Spring. I've read so many varied opinions on whether or not you can re-use bulbs, but I thought I'd give it a try and find out for myself. I made sure to make the proper preperations for the bulb re-use. Rather than dead-head and remove the stalks after my tulips had begun to die off, I moved them into a seperate container, and allowed the stalk to die off naturally. This allows the plant's energy to be routed back to the bulb, and prout life in the following year. I've been keeping them warm in that container all summer.
One frustration I face every year is finding a spot to plant the bulbs. My terracotta pots all have perennials that will be nesting for later Spring, and I typically throw the bulbs in with a plant that will bloom much later in the season, that way, the tulips will die off before the new plants emerge. But this method is getting to be somewhat tiresome...If only I had a container specifically dedicated to bulbs...
Well, thankfully I have a brilliant wife, who often provides brilliant solutions to dilemmas I'm in. She reminded me of those drawers that I "stole" that were hiding on the deck (as chronicled here), waiting to be upcycled into something awesome. By drilling a couple of drainage holes and painting them bright and fun colors, I could have a permanent tulip/bulb home!
|and now my drawer is a happy drawer!|