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Almost Spring…

And then this happened…

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Patiently waiting for Spring!

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Squirrel Guard

My mom contributed this to my bulb growing efforts:

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I hope this helps keep the squirrels from digging and taking the bulbs. I need some kind of ‘pins’ to hold it in the dirt but it’s ok like this for now. Also, looks my dirt settled in this pot. The others didn’t settle like this, must be the pot without the Styrofoam peanuts and various types of dirt. I’ll add more dirt when I get more. It’s raining a little bit today so I’m rotating the ‘squirrel guard’ among the bigger pots with the pieces of wood.

img_3163-1This pic is a little fuzzy – Run squirrel, run! Seems to be working already… I need to find more of these but the closest thing to it I can find are round bakers’ racks for cooling cookies. They not too expensive on Amazon so I’ll keep an eye on them and see if the price drops on them. This biggest I can find are 8.5″ and they have smaller 6″ ones, too.

I can’t wait to see these bulbs emerge from the dirt! The bulbs that are scattered randomly throughout my yard are up so I hope with a little sun and water these guys will catch up. Some of them already had sprouts when I planted them so I figure if they’ll grow in a bag in the garage they’ll grow in a pot!

 

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Bulbs!

One of my goals this year is to decorate my little city lot with potted plants. I’ll be spending a lot more time at home this year after deciding to quit my full-time job for a img_3133less stressful (I hope) part-time job. I’ll need to tighten my entertainment budget for the foreseeable future and had better surround myself with enjoyable things to do at home. Since I like being active and outdoors I’d like my yard to spend some time and energy making my yard visually appealing. I haven’t had much luck planting shrubs or flowers in the past, I never made time available in my hectic life to give it any real effort. Also, my dirt must be very poor quality or something because nothing ever grows well except the weeds.

I’m hoping that taking care of potted plants will be much more desirable than pulling weeds around plants in flower beds. Getting honked at by passing vehicles while working the ground in the front yard gets really annoying, too. I picked up some pots at the end of last year at a deeply discounted rate and bought a bunch of various bulbs: Allium, Tulip, Daffodil, Crocus, Ranunculus, and Anemone.¬†Bulbs seem to be a low maintenance option for this endeavor. After they are done blooming I plan on putting some annuals in the pots to continue taking advantage of the growing season.

I made sure to follow the guidelines on each package of bulbs to img_3134ensure I was planting them the correct depth and giving them enough spacing between each bulb. I mainly used Miracle-Gro potting soil and then when I ran out I used other opened bags of dirt from previous years’ lazy attempts at container gardening.

Styrofoam peanuts were used in the bottom of each pot to take away some of the anticipated weight and so I wouldn’t have to use as much dirt. I’m hoping that this helps with drainage, too,¬†along with the holes I drilled in the bottom of each pot. Last year I tried to grow marigolds and it was only after they got waterlogged that I noticed the pots didn’t have any drainage holes. Who manufactures a pot without drainage holes?!

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I’m temporarily covering the pots with boards until I can figure out how to keep the squirrels from stealing my bulbs. Some of the bulbs should be undesirable to squirrels but after finding one pot ransacked the next morning I’m not taking any more chances!

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I can’t wait to see if this works!