Monday, November 4, 2013

Voodoo Lily

Well its late fall here so there isn't much going on in my garden.   The bee's are for the most part staying in there hives except on really warm days.

This is go good time to start planing for next year.   I ran across this picture of Voodoo Lily 1 Bulb - Dracunculus vulgaris - Indoors/Out.   Now its not frost hardy past zone 6 so its something I will have to remember to take in for the winter.   But isn't it a lovely flower.

I have some some research on the Voodoo Lily,  it may be beautiful but there is a drawback.  When this plant blooms it gives off a horrid odor resembling that of dung or of a corpse as a means to attract flies which pollinate it.     I think I will be planting it at the far corner of the garden,  or maybe the near the mail box would be good keep the post man and his bills away.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fall bulb planting tips

Well its that time of year again, time to start thinking about planting your bulbs for spring.  I found this grate picture that shows planting the depth for the most popular flower bulbs.    

A nice tip is to plant a few of them upside down.  They will still come up (unlike my grandmother always told me) but it will take them a few days longer to come up then the ones planted right side up.  Doing this will give you a few extra days of bloom.  

Another nice trick is to plant several types of bulbs on top of each other in the same pot.  Some bulbs come up later then others, this will extend the flowering life of your pot.  The ones that come up at the same time will give you a really pretty display, when they flower together.

If you plant them now all winter you can look at your pot and look forward to the spring. Now its time to go bulb shopping :)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Epsom salt for greener plants.

Epsom salt or Magnesium sulfate is a cheep source of magnesium for your garden.  By mixing 1 Table spoon of Epsom salt into each hole before you add your plant, or if you have already planted it you can add a table spoon to the soil around the plant.  It will help it to grow larger, greener and leafier.   You can also dissolve 1  tablespoon into a gallon of water and use it to water your plants,  trees, fruit trees, roses, all types of flowering plants and veggies.

exact amounts are not all that important.

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