Garden Club

The next meeting of the garden club will be Tuesday, Sep 29 at 7:00 p.m. in Room One of the Community Centre.

Fall is a time to plant the spring bulbs. The deer like tulips so the best way to get around this is not to plant tulips. There are a number of suggestions like hanging soap, using human hair, using blood meal. Whatever works for you that is great.

The deer don?t seem to like daffodils. There are a number of varieties with solid yellow or yellow and white. Crocus, hyacinths, snow drops are some of the other bulbs you can plant. In catalogues you will sometimes see a zone recommendation and most times it is 3 or higher. . We live in zone 2 and you can get away with some zone 3 plants but bulbs aren?t really affected by zones. However, in Tumbler Ridge you can expect tulips and daffodils to bloom in June; whereas, in the rest of the world spring comes in late April and early May.

I remember getting the new Easter outfit in April when my birthday was and the tulips blooming. This was in southern Ontario, zone 5.

You should be careful when buying the bulbs and make sure that bulbs aren?t kept over from one year to the next. I bought $50 worth of daffodil bulbs last year for Hartford Gardens and one bulb came up but never bloomed. Seed companies like McFayden?s in Manitoba, Vesey?s in the Maritimes, Botanus and others usually guarantee their product. I have had good luck with McFayden?s but not everyone has.

It is great to get the seed catalogues in January when it is cold outside and you can cuddle up with them in front of the fireplace and imagine what you can plant in your garden in spring. You can subscribe to these companies? catalogues over the internet. If you want to be put on the lists and have no access to a computer just phone me at 250-242-5283 and I will put you on the lists. Happy Gardening

Editors Note: There are new plant hardness zone maps available at the Government of Canada?s website at

http://sis.agr.gc.ca/cansis/nsdb/climate/hardiness/intro.html

Also on the same website is a wealth of information for gardeners including ?Going beyond the zones, and indicator trees and indicator shrubs. Beyond the zones gives gardeners an opportunity to actively participate in the mapping process by indentifying what plants survive at their location.