Fall is here so now is the time to be thinking about planting the spring bulbs you have been dreaming about all year.
Whether you plant them in your garden or are thinking about trying to pot them up in a garden container, the fact remains that these flowers are stunning. And, so easy to grow! With a little effort up front you will be blessed with a ton of colorful flowers. The best part is that every year they will expand and increase in volume. Who can ask for anything better than that? There are a few ways to pot up bulbs but we would like to give you more details on how to stack them inside a garden flowerpot. Of course, the first thing you must do is select the container that you will use to pot in. Do you like terracotta, the natural clay pottery that breathes and ages over time? Maybe you prefer a high shine glazed planter. Just make sure that whatever planter you select you want to have enough room for the bulbs to stack. The larger the pot the larger display of color you will be rewarded with. Also, make sure that there is a drain hole in the bottom. If it doesnít then you can read more here about how to drill your own hole.
First, select the type of bulbs you want. Go to your local Nursery or Garden Center or order online. Most bulbs will need 6 to 8 inches of soil at a minimum. Take into account how tall they will grow. Since we are going to stack them, start by putting the larger bulbs on the bottom of the pottery. Did you put the pointed end up? Good! Cover with about 2 inches of soil and then start your next layer putting the smaller ones on top. When you pot them like this the smaller will bloom first next spring and the larger will fill in after. Try to have at least 7 bulbs in a pot and remember that the more bulbs the more blooms.
Lastly always use new and good potting soil. You canít use dirt out of the ground for many reasons. Fill your pot with potting soil up to a few inches from the rim. Then move the pots inside the garage if they canít stay out all winter. Your bulbs may like the cold but not all garden pottery is meant to sit outside. Then when the weather starts to warm up move them outside and place in a sunny spot.
It's hard to think about spring coming but now is the time to start planning and purchasing bulbs. Gather the pumpkins and create a welcoming display and plant your pansies. All fun and easy things to do this October in your home, garden or yard!
Fall is the time to start planting bulbs such as daffodils, snowflakes, and Spanish bluebells. These spring blooms are some of the best perennials for all gardens. They are drought tolerant and long lived and will multiply in your yard. Plant them in a spot that will receive at least six hours of sun a day while the leaves are green.
They can take a bit of dappled light but won't bloom in shade, so take heed. These bulbs like soil that is loose and well drained. Set bulbs twice as deep as they are tall, and water well after planting. Buy your bulbs at a local nursery or online and of course select a lovely new garden planterfrom us!
Gather the pumpkins. These are so popular in October, and are found at local farmers markets, grocery stores and roadside stands. The new heirloom pumpkins are great is pastel colors and sizes. Select ones that are firm and unblemished.
Keep them cool and dry and they should last for months. A popular look this year is the pumpkin stack using a garden urn or garden planter with feet. Use varied sizes and colors and create a fantastic entry piece. Just stacking pumpkins, colorful garden mums in orange, or red planters is lovely.
Plant your pansies.....Adding fall flowers to your garden containers and flowerbeds now allows roots to get established before cold weather sets in, so don't delay. Place transplants in a sunny spot in rich, well draining soil. When planting in pots, good drainage is very important also. Be sure the pot has drain holes. Try cold tolerant pansies like Plentifall. Other flowers to plant now include dianthus, snapdragons, calendulas, and discias.
As the weather cools off and your garden area begins to look a bit bare, here are a few suggestions that when used, can make your garden outstanding!
Nothing elicits a smile quite like a homegrown floral bouquet, and fall's moderate weather offers the ideal conditions for planting a cutting garden. Believe it or not this is the best time to plant and pot a cool weather cutting garden. Most annuals planted in fall will end their life cycles when temperatures spike in summer.
The best cut flowers maintain their color and vase life and feature sturdy stems that hold blossoms upright. You can easily plant these seeds in a large planter on the patio area or on the porch next to a entryway. That way you can have color during the October and November months and even cutting flowers that you can use indoors to decorate with.
Make sure that the planter pots are in full sun at least part of the day. A protected spot like next to a wall that will reflect the sun will help to keep the plants warm and extend the bloom life. It is best to mulch the top of the planter to provide an added layer of protection for the cooler evening.
These flowers shown above all are great cool season cut flowers. Gaillardia, Angelita daisy, dill, chives, calendula or lavender. Other choices are garden herbs, asparagus, bishop's lace, bronze fennerl, and curley parsley.
This is the time of year to plant colorful grasses. These fill out garden planter's and add stunning color to all patio areas. Bring out pumpkins and gourds and use them as decoration around your displays. This is a great time to plant Sweet peas in planters. This photo shows Blue Sweet Peas, which is fragrant and lovely.
Now that October has finally arrived, it's time to get out in the yard and do some garden and planter clean up. Below is a list of suggestions on things you should be doing approximately this time of year to get prepared for the fall and winter months ahead.
If you plan ahead and follow these suggestions, you will have much success in your garden pottery in the months ahead.
For blooms from winter through spring, plant cool season annuals now so they get established and start flowering before the weather turns cold. Otherwise, they may not flower until spring. Buy young plants of calendula, pansies, primrose, and snapdragons now and plant them or sow the seeds.
Select cleaned out garden pottery and make sure the soil is new. Add fertilizer now to the soil to assure a good start in the the Spring. Make sure there are no cobwebs or insects attached to the outside of the pottery. You want to start with as clean a pot as possible.
For blooms in spring, fill a big planter pot with one type of bulb, whether daffodil, hyacinth, or tulip. Fill the pot with potting soil so bulb tops will sit about 4 to 5 inches below the pot rim. Firm the soil, then set the bulbs closely together on top; a 16 inch flared pot will hold 40 to 50 tulips, daffodils, or hyacinths.
Cover the bulbs with soil, leaving about 2 inches at the top for watering space. Set the pot in a cool, shaded area, moisten the soil, and top it with mulch; water again. Move pots into full sun when leaves develop. Flowers will appear about four months after planting.
If you don't have space for multiple fruit trees, try growing a single tree with multiple fruiting branches grafted onto one root stock. For best selection, order bare root trees now for January pickup. Place these planter pots in a shaded area and mulch the top of the soil for added protection thru the cold months ahead.
October is the best month for setting out any kind of plant that's not frost tender. Ground coveres, shrubs, trees, and vines all benefit from fall planting, when temperatures are cooling and rain is on the way.
Now is the time to clean up debris. To reduce the number of sites that harbor insects and diseases over winter, pull and discard weeds, spent annuals, and vegetables. Also clean up all fruit and fallen leaves. Compost only plant debris that is free of disease, insect pests, and weeds.
Clean the outsides of all pottery to remove any insects or clotted dirt. Clean off the top soil of dead leaves and flowers and re-till the surface soil to keep it from clumping. Dead head any flowers that are spent or pinch off yellow or dying leaves.
Taking a few minutes to clean things up, planning ahead and purchasing a few products now will add assure much success next spring and summer.