Burngreave Messenger

Issue 27 December 2002





Gardening is like regenerating Burngreave,
it’s not too late to start.
By Rob Bullock

About this time last year I bought a large sack of mixed daffodil bulbs, end of season, reduced to clear. Discarding the few which had rotted, I planted the rest in a long row parallel to the hedge on the allotment. The daffs were late to emerge and flower but I had an assortment of blooms to cut and take home from mid-March to mid May and hope they will provide the same for me for years.

Daffodil bulbs are best planted in August or early September, to allow for good root development, but the bulbs come with all the energy they need to flower next spring so are almost bound to reward you at least once. On the plot I planted mine about two or three times their own depth in a foot wide trench with manure dug in and I’ll try to remember to feed them with a top dressing of organic fertilizer each spring when their leaves appear.

Most years, usually late, I buy a few daffodil or tulip bulbs to plant in pots for the back yard. Sown in ordinary garden soil with a little added fertilizer in nine to ten inch pots. I pack them in to give the brightest display, then, when they’ve finished flowering, I find a spot in the garden to plant them out to see if they’ll come again.

Over the years I’ve built up quite a collection this way, it’ll soon be time to start searching for signs of life, signs of spring.