Week 29 and 30 – Winterize your garden

Sorry we were preempted the last two weeks.  The Jessica Ridgeway suspect was arrested and it snowed so that was dominating the news last Thursday.  Thank God that Jessica’s killer was arrested.

It’s definitely time to bring any plants inside you want to winter over for the next season.  The snow has now determined for us that it is definitely time to winterize your garden, bring in those summer bulbs, and get ready for Spring plants.

Not much needs to be done to winterize your vegetable garden.  If you still have squash or gourds or other things lying around that you aren’t going to harvest, just leave them in the garden.  They will break down over the winter and enrich the soil.  Leave your perennials and don’t cut them back either.  Leave them until Spring and then clean up any plants that haven’t broken down and helped enrich the soil.

We were going to help Rob take his plants inside but the news and weather kept us from going to his garden.  I know that all of their plants are inside they want to keep for next year.  They are on the dining table, in both sun rooms on the front and back of the house, and anywhere else they will fit.  Tuberous begonias, Dahlias, and all the other plants we discussed last week have been cut off and are ready to go dormant for the winter.  Trees and patio plants such as the tropicals are in the house so they won’t freeze. 

Cut the summer bulb plants back and find a cool dark place, like a basement or garage.  Make sure wherever you put them doesn’t freeze.  If your summer bulbs like dahlias are in the ground you can dig them up, put them in a bag (make sure they have air so they don’t rot) and put them in a cool dark place that doesn’t freeze and they’ll be good for next year.

It’s time to buy your bulbs to force in your Spring pots.  Make sure you buy your bulbs now so you have them on hand around Thanksgiving time.   Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinth are the most common bulbs you’ll force for the springs.

Around Thanksgiving time you’ll plant them in pots, a 6-8 inch pot would be great.  If you’re going to plant them in a pot and sink it into a larger pot come Spring, a black plastic growing pot works great.  Pack them in the pot, even with the bulbs touching so you’ll have a nice full pot of flowers when they start to grow.   Place them in a cool dark place that doesn’t freeze.  Around March you will put them in the light and as soon as you start to water them they will start to grow.  You can have pots of nice Spring color to sit around or you can take your pot and put it in a larger pot and cover it with soil and plant pansies around it.  When the Spring bulbs are spent you can just remove the pot and replace it with geraniums or other Spring choices.

Sa far, so fun!!

Check out proctor’s garden on 9News to see a demonstration of how to winterize and plants your bulbs:  http://search.9news.com/default.aspx?ct=r&q=proctors garden


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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