Fall is for plant­ing spring flow­er­ing bulbs

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - Polk County Ex­ten­sion Co­or­di­na­tor

Late Oc­to­ber and early Novem­ber are the plant­ing sea­sons for spring flow­er­ing bulbs. The best time to plant is when the soil tem­per­a­tures fall be­low 60 de­grees F, usu­ally late Oc­to­ber to early Novem­ber.

Bulbs can be planted in beds, rock gar­dens, in ground cov­ers, along the edges of shrubs, and un­der trees. Most species pre­fer sun to light shade, al­though many thrive un­der the canopy of de­cid­u­ous trees.

Good drainage is es­sen­tial. On out heavy Polk County dry soils, you may need to add or­ganic mat­ter for im­proved drainage and aer­a­tion. Fer­til­izer should be in­cor­po­rated and the beds thor­oughly pre­pared prior to plant­ing. Many fer­til­iz­ers can be used suc­cess­fully, ex­cept the high nitro­gen fer­til­iz­ers, which should be avoided. One rec­om­men­da­tion is to ap­ply 2 pounds of 5-10-10 per 100 square feet of plant­ing; reap­ply at flow­er­ing.

Plant­ing depth is im­por­tant. Large bulbs like tulips, daf­fodils, and hy­acinths are usu­ally planted about 8 inches deep; smaller bulbs like cro­cus are planted 3 inches deep. Large bulbs should be spaced 6 inches apart, and small bulbs should be spaced 3 inches apart.

Nor­mal rain­fall pro­vides enough mois­ture for spring flow­er­ing bulbs. Dur­ing a drought, pro­vide sup­ple­men­tal wa­ter at weekly in­ter­vals if you can. Good luck with your spring flow­er­ing bulbs.

The fol­low­ing public health food in­spec­tion scores were pro­vided by the Polk County Health Depart­ment and are avail­able on­line any­time at http://ga.health­in­spec­tions. us/ge­or­gia/search.cfm?county=Polk. Th­ese scores were re­ported from Oct. 7 through Nov. 3 2017. Oct. 11- Run­ning Wild- PO Box 547 Rock­mart- 95 Oct. 12- Krys­tal- 623 N. Main St., Cedar­town- 96 Oct. 12- China One- 1569 Rome HWY, Cedar­town- 96 Oct. 16- Meadow Lakes Golf Course- 383 Adams Road, Cedar­town- 89

Oct. 17- The Bor­der Bar and Grill- 720 N. Main St., Cedar­town- 100

Oct. 18- Cedar Chris­tian School- 625 W. Ave. Ave., Cedar­town- 100

Oct. 25- Dairy Queen- 622 N. Main St., Cedar­town- 93

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