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John Fulton
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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis


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We are into the time to plant tulips, daffodils, and other spring-flowering bulbs. Earlier might have been a little better, but we had to have some moisture in the upper area of the soil. They should be fall planted before a killing frost. That date is usually about the second week in October in our area. Plant larger bulbs six to eight inches deep, and smaller ones three to four inches deep. Mix into the soil five tablespoons of 10-10-10 fertilizer and two cups of bone meal per 10 square feet of bed area. If you haven't done so, dig summer flowering bulbs such as canna and dahlia as their foliage turns yellow or before a frost causes them to rot back to the bulb. Store them on layers of sawdust or peat moss in a cool, dry place.

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