Week 27 – Critter Resistant Bulbs – Plant now for next year

Today we were at the station talking about bulbs that are animal resistant.  All the bulbs we talked about today are deer and rabbit resistant, although we know when they’re hungry enough they’ll eat most anything.  Other critters don’t like them either, like mice, skunk, ground squirrels, regular squirrels and any other kind of squirrel that takes one bite of something, rips it off the stem, and leaves it laying on the ground.  Some of these are poisonous (animals know which they are) and some have a strong scent.  I think it smells like skunk, but it’s supposed to smell like fox.  I haven’t smelled a fox so I’m not sure.  I do know that after transporting them in my car, my car smells like a skunk.  Right now I have the bag of bulbs in my kitchen and it smells like skunk so I will hurry and finish this blog as I want to look at the bulbs while I type my blog.

Plant these bulbs now in the Fall, out fox the critters in the Spring.

We had two types of bulbs today.  All from the onion family.  Ornamental bulbs and cooking garlic.

Ornamental bulbs are Allium, Fritilleria, Crown Imperials, Galanthus, Hyacinth, Daffodils and Dwarf Iris.  All of these bulbs bloom from early spring to late spring.  When you go to buy your bulbs the information will be available or on the package for when they bloom, how tall they get, etc.

We had 6 types of garlic.  There are many, many types of garlic.  The type you get depends on how you want to cook with it.  Some are spicy, some are hot, some are mild, some are sweeter.  Garlic is a summer crop.  Plant garlic in the fall for a summer harvest.  Garlic needs to be put in the ground and have a nice freeze over the winter to produce garlic in the summer.

I tried growing garlic in a pot and was not successful.  I had it in the house and it grew, and got the curls, and I cut them off and waited, anticipating the beautiful bulb of garlic I would get.  Well, I didn’t know they needed to freeze in the winter to produce a bulb so when I dug it up out of the pot it was just a small rotten clove.  Oh well, it was a good experiment and it grew and bloomed, and I had some fun with it.  Just didn’t get a bulb of garlic.

Here are the bulbs we talked about today:

Later this year, around Thanksgiving, we will be discussing forcing spring bulbs in pots.  If you want to do this you need to buy your bulbs NOW.  When we get around to instructing you on how to do this there won’t be any bulbs for sale.  We will be showing a great trick of forcing the bulbs in pots, inserting the pots into larger pots and planting them with pansies in the spring.  Then to refresh your pots, you will remove the pot with the  bulbs and replace them with a geranium or something.  Excellent way to not have to plant and dig up the bulbs several times.  After we use them in the pots they will be planted in the garden.  Bulbs you can force for pots are tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, etc.

So far, so fun.

To see this weeks segment, please visit:  http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=292876

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About pbodwell

Master Gardener; Nat'l Award Winning Photographer; Garden Writer; Artist - art books, print maker, hot glass, wire jewelry designer; sometime quilter; new homesteader; bee keeper; very crafty; Baseball fan, enthusiast, and researcher; all things vintage
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One Response to Week 27 – Critter Resistant Bulbs – Plant now for next year

  1. pbodwell says:

    From: Karen Holte in Alaska – Yep, Foxes stink almost as bad as skunks!

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