The Urban Gardener: Cheerful Daffodils
Saturday, May 03, 2014
Planting season is upon us. Endive, lettuces, spinach, peas and other cool weather plants are ready to plant. Mesclun mixes assure gardeners the less familiar are introduced to the garden. Kale is the new health food. Don’t overlook the unfamiliar. Our cultural pluralism is a fine way to learn from other gardeners produce rarely found in commercial markets. Mustard, collards, and cress are examples of under planted spring greens. Look around your community garden. Observe neighbors. Asian green vegetables offer alternatives rarely found elsewhere.
The rising tide of warmer days, spring showers, and innate desire can bewilder the gardener. Choices abound. There are no rigid rules for each gardener. Rather a garden is a signature work of art. A garden reflects the gardener and no two are alike. Spacious backyards or the square surrounding a sidewalk tree offers opportunities. Plant cool weather vegetables on the shoulders of the year, spring and fall. Take advantage of the cool weather preferences for crop succession. When warm weather settles in and our feet vote for days at the seashore or drives in the country, there are plenty of vegetables that require sweltering temperatures. They can be grown in the same space as the spring vegetables are harvested.
The Narcissi tribe of bulbous perennial plants is large. Daffodils are best known. Cousins are jonquils, paper white narcissus, and new versions of old favorites. Nothing inspires so easily as a clump of butter yellow daffodils. There are petite varieties and new colors. Explore.
Involve children. Large bulbs are easy for small hands to grasp; they are tough and can handle rough treatment. The amateur gardener easily learns plant anatomy from a daffodil bulb. The bottom roots section is distinct from the top. A trowel depth is fine for each bulb. Do not stand on ceremony. Rather scatter prime numbers, 3, 5, 7 and so on for a less formal presence. Daffodils do well tucked into corners sunny in spring but deeply shaded in the summer. Dig a trowel depth, mix in some bone meal, compost and peat moss, and place the bulbs bottom down. Tamp down the soil with conviction but not sternness. Water.
Daffodils are a certain defense against marauding squirrels. These omnipresent animals thrive in our cities. They have an appetite for tulips and crocus bulbs. Their constant digging annoys. Eating our plantings assures distain. Avoid these emotions in the garden. Daffodils are poisonous to squirrels, woodchucks, skunks and raccoons. The Narcissus family of flowering bulbs deters these common pests from foraging their way through the garden. They are not the final answer in this eternal conflict. Yet, a battle at a time, their protection compliments strategies against varmints.
Spring greens are important sources of nutrients and taste. Homegrown is economical. Health is nurtured free from chemicals. We must consider the emotional esthetics when planting. Once done with flowering gardeners lift and divide daffodils to give the bulbs room to expand and form new plants. Exchange varieties with other gardeners. Make friends over a golden host of flowers. We grow in many ways. Don’t overlook the beneficial aspects of color, shape and form. Plant daffodils in the fall or lift and divide old clumps in the spring. Each method is inexpensive and easy. Leave the garden with a song in your heart. All are the better for it.
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Monster Mini Golf
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Blue Rock Golf Course
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Triggs Memorial Golf Course
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Newport National Golf Club
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The Ranch Golf Club
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The Ranch Golf Club: 65 Sunnyside Road, Southwick, MA, 01077
Winnapaug Country Club
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Montaup Country Club
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