Gary's Garden Tips // April 17, 2013
Our spring bulbs have arrived! It's a little early to plant most of them yet. Be sure to select the ones you want while choices are still available.
Dahlias are always popular and very colorful. Them come in all shades of color except blue. Wait until the last week in April to plant. They prefer very good soil for best results. Dig the holes 2 ft. wide, 8 inches deep, and mix in Cotton Burr Blend or Canadian Peat Moss with a handful of bone meal. Dahlias also do well in containers planted with Ultimate Potting Mix.
Elephant garlic is a large bulb that can be planted any time now. Our regular garlic is also available. Separate the cloves of these bulbs and plant about 2-3 inches deep and 5-6 inches apart. You can also plant garlic around plants to help repel aphids and other insects. Avoid planting near beans and peas.
The weather has certainly been unsettled this spring. We have frost blankets available to protect some early growth on plants. Don't try to wrap fruit trees with frost blankets or plastic if there are high winds. Christmas lights wrapped on a fruit tree might provide enough warmth depending on how cold the night temperatures get.
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