Author: Loretta Wilken, Master Gardener
Cheery blooming bulb plants will soon be peppering the garden beds in Lakeside. They are always a welcomed sight and a teaser of much more color to come. The question often arises of what to do with these beauties once they are past their prime. Here are a few pointers…
If after several established years the bloom count in your bulb bed is still very low, too much nitrogen fertilizer may be the culprit. Another problem may be the area is too shady. Also, don’t forget that critters find some bulbs a delicious snack.
Find a packaged bag of bulbs in your garage that you purchased last fall? Check them for quality. Any mushy or dried up bulbs should be discarded and the rest planted now in your garden with some high phosphorus fertilizer.
Have more questions about caring for your home garden? Be sure to stop by the “Ask a Gardener” booth at the Farmers’ Market in Lakeside this summer.