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Tulips Tidbits August 2020 - Tips To Get Your Garden Ready For Fall
Tulip Tidbits Feature imageWe are a bunch of busy bees on the farm getting our bulbs ready. We move from harvesting, to processing, to shipping and planting, to doing it all over again. The work is never done, and we wouldn't have it any other way! Our bulbs are continuing to go through their processing phase - separating the biggest of each variety pulling out the TOP size so we can ship them to our fellow gardeners. For those of you who are anxiously awaiting your fall bulbs to come, we have a few ideas that might be able to help pass the time away.

Tulip Tidbits Feature imageCome visit us! Our gift store and our garden are open 7 days a week. Hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. We even have some of our Darwin Hybrid bulb varieties ready for purchase that you can take home the same day. Our garden is showing more and more color as the dahlias continue to burst open. Although the dahlias are stealing the show this summer, they aren't the only bloom you'll come across. A sunny day makes a perfect excuse for when you want to have a peaceful walk with some of the best beauty nature has to offer.

Tulip Tidbits Feature image With fall just around the corner, it's time you start thinking about getting your flower beds ready at home. There's no need to wait until you receive your bulbs, you may as well do it now when the weather is (hopefully) still beautiful. If you're not sure where to begin, we've got the perfect honey-do list for you below:
  • Weed! Hopefully you can already cross this one off your list, but in the case you've waited a bit too long and this pesky greenery has made itself known, it's time to get rid of it.
  • Loosen your soil. You can do this by tilling or spading to a depth of 10-12 inches.
  • Add some bulb fertilizer. Many of you ask what kind of fertilizer is best, and the answer: it depends. Bulbs do best when the soil has a certain pH and every area is different. On the farm, we test our soil every year and each field/garden may get a different mix of fertilizer depending on the soil test. Sounds like a lot of work? For us maybe, but we're used to it, it's part of the gig! For you at home, we recommend you go to your local gardening center and talk to them about what is best for your area.
We find the root of most problems we hear about can be traced back to the soil. A light airy soil is going to be best in making sure the bulbs do not stay too wet and also prevent it from getting too clay-like. If you're planning on planting in pots or containers, make sure and read through our tips here, there's a few extra measures that can be taken to ensure proper drainage.

Tulip Tidbits Feature image When can you expect your bulbs?
  • Our Canadian friends:  Late September/Early October
  • Colder climates (AK, CO, MT, or WY):  Late September.
  • Cool Climates:  Late September/Early October
  • Warm Climates:  Early November
  • Hot Climates:  Early December
  • Local pick up here at our farm:  September 25th through October 15th
Wishing you a sunny end to summer and an exciting preparation to fall!
Tulips Tidbits March 2020

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