by Charlene Burgi
I experienced an epiphany this past weekend—I am a plant addict. I realized I cannot walk by a bag of bulbs or display of plants without “needing” something for the garden. I am first in line if anyone offers a “slip” of their plant or seeds from their prized tomatoes.
The epiphany occurred as I attempted to squeeze 75 more spring bulbs into my garden. I was racing time to get them planted before the torrential downpour of rain started. As I struck my digging tool into the ground, I unearthed bulbs from past years. I frantically looked for other areas to plant, plunged the steel into the earth, and grazed another bulb. I was running out of room and time but managed to get all but a dozen bulbs plus some double flowering White Lion daffodils tucked into the earth before the rain drove me inside.
The remaining bulbs looked forlorn as I put the garden tools away. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted some pretty glazed pots. My mind went into gear. The holidays are soon upon us. Wouldn’t those daffodils look stunning in the glazed containers when they bloomed? Only dear friends and family members would understand there are promises to come for what appears to be just a soil-filled glazed pot.
After planting the remaining bulbs in their new-found homes, I grabbed my keys and drove to our local nursery store to pick up garlic and onion sets for culinary friends and family. Surely they will enjoy the fresh grown treats also. And while browsing around the nursery, I found something I can use too!
Tips for Planting Garlic and Onions
Plant garlic and onions in full sun in well-drained, raised beds. Plant cloves 6 inches apart in rows 1 foot apart so only the tips are showing. Water well and mulch with a 6-inch layer of straw. If you are giving the bulbs as a gift, consider building them a wooden box measuring 24x24x12 inches. Backfill with soil and plant accordingly.