Spring is the favourite season of most of the gardeners we know. It is a time of rebirth, renewal, and rejuvenation. One of the greatest joys of this part of year are the beautiful assortment of flowers. You can get this joy at home by planting spring flower bulbs. These are bulbs that bloom in early spring while other plants are still developing.
There are many spring flowering bulbs, but some of the most popular are crocus, tulip, narcissus, and hyacinth. These bulbs should be planted before the ground freezes, preferably in late September or early October. This enables them to develop a strong root system before the first frost.
Spring flower bulbs should be planted in an area that drains well. Bulbs will rot in standing water. They must also receive adequate sunshine at least six hours daily. The soil doesn’t need any special treatment, but it should be loose and workable. If you are working a new area, you might want to add some compost or peat moss.
When it comes time to dig the hole, follow the package directions. Most bulbs will require a depth of six to eight inches, but loosen the soil for an additional four inches. Place the bulb in the ground with the pointy end facing up. Pack the dirt firmly and water thoroughly.
Spring flower bulbs require very little care. Simply water them occasionally, and add a mulch cover when cold weather comes. With a little water, sunshine, and luck, you will be blessed with beautiful, fragrant blooms in early spring.
Moss can make some garden elements – and even entire shady gardens – look and feel aged (in a good way!) and established. The issue with garden moss though, is that sometimes it may not even grow at all on its own. And if even it does decide to prosper, it could take a very long time to become established and start looking good.
We have a way you can speed up the process and establish a beautifully verdant green moss cover over your garden rocks and concrete features. This method doesn’t work well on resin statues / ornaments and artificial landscape rocks.
First stir a fist size clump of porcelain clay into 3 cups of water to form a thin paste. You can usually get porcelain clay from local hobby shops (do a search online if you’re not sure).
Then combine the clay mixture with one cup of undiluted fish emulsion and one cup of fresh, shredded moss. Fish emulsion is a plant fertiliser made from whole fish. It’s usually available at retail nurseries and garden centres.
Mix everything together and slather it on your rocks and concrete objects with a paint brush. Keep things in the garden slightly moist by misting, but take care not to wash the mixture off.
Remember; moss grows naturally in patches, likes the North side of objects, and takes readily to cracks and crevices.
If you use this formula in shady gardens and in moist locations and you can most probably have moss on your garden statues and landscape rocks in a few weeks.
My wife has been a professional gardener for many years, and much to my surprise I started to learn about gardening and landscaping by accident. Before much longer I got interested in lawn mowers. Now all these years later I find myself wanting to write about gardening and lawn mowers so I’ve launched this blog!