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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, August 28, 1997 AA9 Fall Bulbs Yield Spring Flowers by Patti Babcock Patience reaps rich rewards when planting fall bulbs. The bulb will start awakening soon aRer planting. It will send out roots and put its support system in place while you are busy with your winter clean up and pruning chores. Come spring, when you've forgotten all about them, your bulbs will send shoots up through the earth to greet the sun. And, one day, maybe when you think you've had enough of winter, you'll be surprised by a cluster of bright daffodils ringed by a delightful display of crocus. The spring parade of blooming bulbs will march on with tulips following close behind daffodils, fol- lowed by more daffodils and grape hyacinths (Muscari), daffodils again with scented hyacinths. The flowering bnions (Allium) appear toward the end. Anemones lnd ranunculus will be dotted throughout the proces- .ion like Shrine clowns until the parade ends with the onset of summer heat. It's like winning the lottery. First you have to buy a ticket. To enjoy spring flowers, you have to plant fall bulbs. Enticing catalogs filled with bulbs are already arriving in the mail. It's tempting to order everything, then reality sets in. If you do use mail order, check to be sure your selections will thrive here. Visit local nurseries. They will have bulbs in well before the planting season arrives. It's still too warm to plant bulbs as planting now will cause them to sprout and then rot. Buy as soon as the bulbs arrive in stores to assure the best selection, and store them in paper bags in the vegetable crisper bin of your refrigerator. Plant when the days cool, usually about Novem- ber. Caution, don't wait too long or you will get reluctant plants with blooms close to the ground. Even though the bulb is a storehouse of food for the plant, the bulb still needs time to establish it's underground support system. Bulbs do not like wet feet. Plant them in an area with good drainage. And, do consider planting bulbs in groups or waves. A mass of color is much more impressive than a lone bloom. Random placement is more pleasing. To achieve this, just drop them on the ground and plant where they land or randomly place holes with a bulb planter. Put about a handful of bone meal at the bottom of the hole and mix with some dirt before placing the bulb in the hole with the pointed end facing up. Follow the Supplier's directions for depth or follow the general rule that a bulb's depth is usually about three times the width of the bulb. Don't fertilize again until the bulb finishes flower- ing. Then give it a feeding of bone meal to help build reserves for the next year. Don't cut the stalks back as they provide food for the bulb. Remove them only when they die completely back and turn brown. Have fun. Think ahead and plan bulbs for a continuing kaleidoscope of spring bloom. Fall - The Best Time To Plant by Part/Babcock If your dream is to have a wildflower meadow or just enough wildflowers to enhance your spring bou- quets, now through November is the best time to plant the seeds. Hollyhock seeds want to be planted now to November,too. Fall takes on a different meaning for desert gardeners. The cool, refreshing weather makes working outside a joy. Fall is a planting time. A time for new beginnings. Warm days, cool nights, gentle winds and plenty of sunshine combine to make fall the favorite time of year for many desert dwellers. The respite from scorching summer heat and tearing wind energizes people and plants. Fall flowers have burst into bloom, and the roses are celebrating with a rebirth of buds. Sounds like spring? Fall in the desert has a lot in common with , spring in other areas. This is the best time to plant trees, shrubs, container roses, numerous flowers and cold weather vegetables. Fall planting gives the support system time to become established and to build the strength to survive the stresses of spring wind and summer heat. The ground is still warm encouraging root system formation and growth. Up top it may not appear that much is happening, but the vital life support system is busy working to become firmly anchored while it sends out an army of feeder roots. Another benefit is that water is used more efficiently as much less is lost to evaporation. Trees of all types are in plentiful supply at our local nurseries including fruit trees, ornamental and shade trees and evergreens. Suppliers also offer a great selection of shrubs suited for our desert climate. Cool weather vegetables, planted in well pre- pared beds, will thrive if planted now. It's too late to plant most seeds except lettuce, spinach, carrots and radishes but plants in four inch pots should do well. A limited supply of broccoli, cabbage and other cole crops is available. Onion sets are plentiful and this is a good time to plant them. An appealing number of flowers are happiest when planted in the fall. Pansies, Petunias. Snapdrag- ons, Sweet William, Rudbeckia, Coreopsis, Stock, AIwsum, Gaillardia, Viola, and ornamental cabbage and kale will add color to your fall flower gardens and container plantings. Check the nurseries for these and many more. 00\\;oorco Custom Home Design Center C00nnt00ms " .F00ga00.Sp00 b.L 6471 S. Homestead (Across from Sod Farm) 727-0744 Contractors Lic. #38250 - # Llc. P-115-SS Lic. # P-450-CS Sign of an Expert I III I IIIIIIII III II I IIII II III I I