The worms have spent some time thinking of tasks in the garden for May this week. There’s quite a few to dos, like lifting bulbs or better still knowing when to lift bulbs. Follow our blog to get more daily gardening cartoons, ideas, tasks and tips.
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The wrigglers are amateur gardeners, for advice from the experts on how to look after bulbs try the RHS – they know what they’re talking about!
Lifting and storing bulbs
Only lift and store bulbs where this is practical. Those naturalised in areas of grass, or planted in borders or containers where they are underneath and coming up through shrubs or Perennials. Perennials may be left in the garden during the dormant season.
Once the foliage has died down, carefully lift and clean the bulbs. Trim back roots and the outer layers of loose, flaking tunic.
Only healthy bulbs of a good size should be kept. Damaged or diseased bulbs must be discarded. Lay bulbs on a tray to dry for 24 hours to help prevent fungal rots developing in storage.
Put the bulbs in labelled paper bags or nets and store in a dry, cool place.
The Wrigglers have joined the #putpollinators first Campaign
Wild flower meadows flower for longer due to the diverse range of plants in them. That’s more flowers for you, and more food for the bees and insects. Plant one and join the Gardener’s World Put Pollinators First campaign – raising awareness of the decline of our pollinators @GWmagazine
Gardener’s world launched its #putpollinatorsfirst campaign, as part of their 30th Anniversary celebrations of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. See what you can do to play your part:
With a panel of pollinator experts, committed to helping bees and other pollinating insects to thrive, Dr Trevor Dines says, ” Since the 1930’s, over 97 percent of our wildflower meadows have been destroyed. That’s 7.5 million acres, gone. Now you can understand why our pollinators are in such trouble.”
There are 3 ideas:
By making a meadow, even on a small scale, we can provide a banquet for pollinators that’ll help them to thrive.
Here are some seed suppliers and links:
More from the worms
Great advice and full of quick and simple tips too, for example … don’t cut into tender plants or evergreens right now as their top growth provides insulation from penetrating cold.
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