Gardening with Gutner speak to Tom Estabrook about his preferred ranges and how to have an effective planting for a lovely spring.
MAINE, USA– It’s time to get bulbs in the ground for a lovely spring. Gardening with Gutner talked with Tom Estabrook of Estabrook’s garden center in Yarmouth to find out his preferred varieties and how to have an effective planting this fall.
“As long as the ground is not frozen, we can plant bulbs,” Estabrook discussed after worrying the importance of getting the bulbs you want now, because the later in the season, the less you have to select from.
Tulips. Deer love tulips. Put the bulbs near your home. Estabrook treats Tulips as a yearly, since they don’t return well.
“We can dig these up in the spring and toss them in the compost heap and carry on,” Estabrook stated.
Scilla. This is an excellent flower for the yard, but it needs to be in a natural lawn. Herbicide will not enable this plant to grow. Your lawnmower will spread out the seeds. It’s excellent for early pollinators.
Crocus. Put these in locations where the snow vanishes first. Flowers for an extremely short time.
Estabrook stressed not to overthink how you lay your bulbs out while he showed a bag of daffodils.
“My suggestion is to open up the bag, throw them on the ground, any place they lay, plant them,” Estabrook advised. “Keeps a really naturalized look. If you plant soldiers in a row, it looks really abnormal.”
Fritillaria. While it’s distinct and beautiful, it smells like skunk. Do not put it near the patio area or front door.
Hyacinth. Smells fantastic! Fantastic to put around an outdoor patio.
Allium. It acts like a seasonal. Plant in clusters. It will continue to get larger. The seed pods look good in a seasonal garden.
The best bulb tool is essential to make gardening uncomplicated. Estabrook demonstrated an auger that connects to a drill that makes huge bulb plantings much easier. A hand planter is better for softer soil, while a bigger planter, that you would utilize like a shovel, works for more difficult ground.
Bone meal has generally been used as a fertilizer for bulbs, however Estabrook recommended fertilizer with little to no bone meal<