Spring is starting to take hold
With the advent of daylight saving, the mad splash that is spring is well under way.
Daylight saving makes no difference to our plants. They get up at sunrise and rest at sunset anyway.
A Native American Indian was referring to daylight saving when he said: ‘‘You can’t cut a length off one end of a blanket and sew it onto the other end to make a longer blanket’’.
A little thought at this time will help you make the most of the growth.
Don’t remove the foliage from spring bulbs when they finish flowering.
This is when the foliage gathers energy from the sun to store in the bulbs so that they will flower well next spring. Remove the foliage and you lose the next season’s show.
Likewise, until the foliage dies down naturally, do not lift the bulbs. Instead, sprinkle some sheep manure pellets around and give them a dose of Fruit & Flower Power.
Only lift the bulbs to store for next autumn’s planting after the foliage dies down.
Some of the spent flowers may have formed seed pods and these can be harvested when dry and planted in seedling trays to germinate. It’s an inexpen- sive way to obtain different flower colours in the future.
With warming days and new season’s growth you will need to water a bit more often. Don’t over water young plants, just apply sufficient moisture to prevent water stress.
Gardeners on chlorinated town supply should seriously look at putting a housing and carbon bonded filter on their taps.
The chemical affects the soil life including earthworms, and leads to leaf diseases.
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When spring bulbs finish flowering wait until the foliage dies off naturally before lifting and storing for planting out next autumn.