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How to Plant Bulbs


Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, November 5, 2001

If you still have a few bulbs lingering around in bags it's now or never time. They're not that hard to plant and it doesn't take long at all. You'll be glad you did come spring.

Two good rules for bulbs: One: Brown end down. Two: Plant three times as deep as the bulb is big. Take crocus for example. They are about as big as your knuckle. So dig down three knuckles and pop it in. Cover and there you go.

If you really want to go all out, get a bag of bulb food and add a sprinkle into each hole. However, most bulb fertilizers contain bone meal. This works well for any root growth but can attract meat-eating animals like dogs, skunks and raccoons to dig on your garden. In our limestone rich soil we usually don't require it.

Make sure the soil is nice and loose so the bulbs can easily grow roots. No clods means the soil can settle around the bulb without any air pockets. This will keep them from freezing & rotting.

Naturalize in Lawns
Bulbs can be easily naturalized by planting in the lawn. Lift a bit of sod and slide them into the ground. Plant following the three times deep rule, measuring from the bottom of the sod. Just mow in spring with the lawn. Best choices are any narcissus - the daffodils or jonquils, scilla, grape hyacinth or any other early spring bulbs. Tulips require more leaf growth time after blooming and can interfere with mowing. They will do better in the flower border.

Sun or Shade?
In order for bulbs to store enough food to re-bloom in the following year they must be able to grow green leaves for at least a few weeks after blooming. They should be planted in an area that gets at least 6-8 hours of full sun each day.

You can plant bulbs under shade trees because early in spring when the bulbs need the sun there are no leaves on the trees and it is usually sunny enough for the bulbs.

The biggest complaint heard about bulbs is that the leaves look straggly and yellow after a few weeks. This must be endured in order to let them store food, but there are a few things you can do.

Interplanting Tips
To avoid having to watch bulb foliage fading to yellow in the middle of our bright green spring, plan your garden carefully. Plant bulbs with other flowers that come later in the spring and have big foliage.

Plant with hostas under shade trees. Hostas are notorious for late arrival and will provide the cover needed to hide t .....
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Take Your Time

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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Monday, Octovber 22, 2001

I’m all goofed up again. Daylight savings time, or lack of it, is the culprit. Just when a guy is getting used to it then we spring ahead or fall back. It makes sense in my mind, but my body just doesn’t buy the reali ..... 
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Contemporary Bunkshooters

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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Monday, October 1, 2001

The Rev. Jerry Falwell is what poet Carl Sandburg would call a bunkshooter. Pat Robertson is one too.

Full-flushing, bonafide bunkshooters. Conjurers, magicians, illusionists, pulling the wool over many people’ ..... 
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To the Editor,

As many of you are well aware, the Fillmore Central School District, along with many surrounding school districts, will be conducting a referendum vote November 6. The referendum would provide much needed additional operating m ..... 
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Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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To the Editor,

I had the privilege of attending the informational meeting in Harmony on Monday night, for the purpose of discussing the proposed school referendum election (Fillmore Central).

First of all, I would like to thank the s ..... 
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Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, November 5, 2001

To the Editor,

I read the Fillmore County Journal every week. Not always every article but I scan all of the headlines and read what catches my eye.

There is one very noticeable ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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