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Re: bulb pots

Cathy, I don't think bloodmeal is a good idea. If anything, I think a layer of grit would be good. It might help prevent crown rot while being a deterrent to rodents.

My soil mix drains well and my pots have plenty of holes for drainage. With no winter moisture they could dry out. I might give them a light covering of shredded leaves when it gets to freezing, but I'll wait a bit longer, maybe Tgvg for full coverage w leaves, but no tarps. Timing depends on weather. I uncover usually in late March then in early April pull the pots out into the sun so the soil and roots will warm and wake up.

If you are concerned about rodents, you can place bait stations interspersed among the pots. If you use a tarp, try to use a very light or white one. If dark, be sure to cover it with leaves.

I'm more organized this year because I didn't have to do a MG bulb sale. But there is still a lot to do. The leaves are just beginning to fall and if the weather cooperates I'll be harvesting my neighbors' leaves and shredding them. I need huge amounts this year because I want to amend some beds as well as cover all these pots.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: <Cornergar@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2007 9:18 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] bulb pots

Jim, Wish you would come up with an over-wintering structure for us guys in
the midwest that is foolproof (and we could afford). I have much the same
problem that Kitty mentioned with the lilies being ruined by little varmints of one
kind or another. Every year I try a few different strategies to outwit the
weather and the rodents. This year I have spread the surface of the lily pots with blood meal. But will this attract the raccoons? After the gal. perennials are thoroughly dormant I try to cover the whole batch with a tarp so that I
won't have crown rot from the ice and snow. But this provides a wonderful
protected home for so many little guys and by spring I find they have excavated the pots to feed on the roots! And all the time I'm saying " I don't think this is
the way the big guys got started." I do have 2 greenhouses that are packed
with gal. pots recently planted or 4 and 6 " pots that didn't get potted up but a lot has to be left outside. Gene, How did you manage without a greenhouse for
so long? Any and all tips and suggestions gratefully accepted.
Kitty, Can't believe you are already so organized for the winter. I guess I thought it wasn't going to happen. I know what's in store for me this weekend.
And need to do an inventory too.
I enjoy this list so much and try and keep up even when I'm not contributing. Hope everybody's kitties are well and happy. Zem, are you getting a night's
sleep yet?  Kathy

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