As the sun of summer gradually yields to the cooler days of September, high desert gardeners have a golden opportunity to prepare for a spectacular springtime display. One of the most enchanting ways …
As the sun of summer gradually yields to the cooler days of September, high desert gardeners have a golden opportunity to prepare for a spectacular springtime display. One of the most enchanting ways to do so is by planting bulbs. These hidden gems, buried beneath the soil now, will burst forth in a riot of color and fragrance when spring arrives. Here is your checklist for September bulb planting in the high desert.
First, choose the right bulbs. Select bulbs that thrive in your specific climate. Daffodils, tulips, crocuses, and hyacinths are popular choices. These bulbs are an excellent option for their adaptability. Also, choose a variety of bulbs. Plant a mix of early, mid, and late-blooming bulbs to ensure a continuous display of flowers throughout the spring season.
Second, select the right location. Choose a sunny, well drained location for your bulbs. Good drainage is crucial to prevent rot. Also, because high desert soils can be sandy and lacking in organic matter. Enhance your planting area with compost or well-rotted organic matter to improve soil quality.
Third, follow the instructions on the packaging regarding depth and spacing. And give them a good soak to help settle the soil and encourage root development. Afterward, water sparingly to avoid rot. September’s cooler temperatures mean less evaporation, so monitor soil moisture carefully. Fourth, protect them from wildlife. Bulbs can be tempting snacks for local wildlife. Consider using protective measures like wire mesh or repellent sprays to deter critters. The next step is to be patient. After planting, it is a waiting game until spring. Be patient and resist the urge to dig up bulbs to check on them. They are working their magic underground. Finally, keep records. Make a note of where you have planted bulbs to avoid accidental damage during other gardening activities.
Planting bulbs in September is an investment in future beauty. If you give the bulbs the right care and attention now, your garden will be rewarded with vibrant and colorful flowers in spring. Imagine the delight of seeing those first shoots emerge as a sign that winter’s grip is finally loosening. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your bulbs, and get ready to plant the promise of a glorious spring in your high desert garden.
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(Katherine Clarkson is the president of the Park County Master Gardeners. She lives in Wapiti.)