Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Experimental Crocus planting

Experimental Crocus Planting
I've been reading about bulb planting. Jerry Baker, a well known master gardener, who has written many books about gardening, claims that Crocus can be planted right in the lawn. He claims that they will grow quite well and solves my question about what to do when the Crocus die back and there's nothing but dirt until the next Spring after blooming their hearts out. The claim is that they can just be mowed down with the grass with nary a concern and will rise up to bloom again the next year. Well, we will see.
The best method I could come up with was to dig a trench about 4 inches deep and the same in width. I did this by sinking my spade into the lawn about 5 inches then sinking the spade about 5 inches again about 4 inches behind the first. After two rows of sinking the spade into the lawn, I took my bare hands and reached under the sod and lifted it up and out of the 4 inch trench.
Well, there you have it. A four inch trench which is four inches wide all along the parking by the street. I figured if it will work there it will work any where.

The next step was to plant the 110 Crocus bulbs that I had ordered from Ebay. Yup, they came through the mail right to my door ready to be planted. All were health young bulbs ready to meet the dirt trench.
After the bulbs were carefully planted in the trench, the grass was rolled back into the trench and tamped down with a size 11 1/2 shoe stomp. Fifteen gallons of water poured on top of the now grass covered Crocus and the job was completed. It almost looks as if nothing has been disturbed.

Now we wait to see if it's true what old master gardener Jerry says or if I just end up with a dead strip of grass to contend with in the Spring. With all the digging, planting, stomping, and watering, I think I'll just sit a spell on the poor man's patio and enjoy the warm fall weather.