March 25, 2015
I planted these bulbs (244 in all) last fall and covered them with mulch to the depth recommended. Soon after, the chickens got into the mulch, lowering the depth, and even completely dug up some bulbs. Once those were replanted, I covered everything again. Turns out, I covered them too much that second time. I realized this week some bulbs were flowering UNDER the mulch! I spent part of a day this weekend uncovering the bulbs just a bit to give them more of a chance.
An interesting things happened this spring. Some bulbs I did NOT plant this fall started sprouting. I planted some bulbs 7? years ago and they never came up. I do not even remember what type of flower they were. My grandfather-in-law, who has since passed, gifted them to me. I am pretty sure the only reason they are blooming this spring is because they were covered in mulch! And not even on purpose. The mulch around these bulbs was kicked there from the chickens. Amazing what a covering does! Can anyone tell from the leaves what type of bulb this is?I am excited to see what it turns out to be.
In other flowering news, our apple and peach tree that are covered in mulch are blooming. However, our peach and apple tree NOT covered in mulch are not. That is bad news when it comes to cross pollination 😦 (uncovered peach tree)
Another experiment in mulching involves the strawberries. I covered them, just as Paul said. I have been nervous that they will not come through. It is still the beginning of spring so I will just have to wait and see. A few have popped their heads through so that’s something 🙂How’s your garden coming along? Any flower/bulb advice for me?