Kids had a great time planting these bulbs and Muscari. They were not familiar names to me but they were in the sale bin. Kindergarten students also planted garlic bulbs the other day during class in the large vegetable garden (the end closest to the raspberry patch). We’d love onions if anyone has any!
The Kindergartners had a great time planting garlic! It will now grow roots over the winter and we should be able to harvest at least a bit of it before school is out in June:) Please, avoid running across the vegetable patch!
The Kindergartners will be making and posting a sign to remind you were the garlic is growing.
Onions are best planted from seed in the spring because not very many varieties are frost hardy. Leeks however are but it is too late to start them now. They will not germinate anymore in these cold temperatures.
Kindergartners also planted some yellow and paper white daffodils in the flower row along Napier Street.
The Muscari bulbs that Mrs. Froese planted are also known as grape hyacinths and smell really beautiful in the spring. They attract lots of bumblebees.
If you or anyone you know have planted new additions to the garden in the last 6 months, please let me know what it is and it’s location. The garden committee parents are trying to create a plant map, so we know what to expect to pop up in the garden in the spring.
the bulb planting was very fun + neat.
I am wondering if planting them in the fall was OK or not OK.
I am worried that they might start growing but then die
from the cold. but then again I might not be using my head.
But I am also wondering if they will not turn into a sprout
until the spring. If they do then we will have beautiful
bulbs by the spring. YIPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don’t worry – these bulbs are really safe, especially with the mild winters we get here in Vancouver (Thank you, ocean for warming us:).
The bulbs you planted are “hardy” in this area, which means they will survive the winter well in the ground. Some bulbs, which evolved in different climates before they were brought here, need to be dug up every fall and stored over winter, because they cannot survive lower temperatures. An example of such a bulb would be Amaryllis, which you see being sold everywhere as an indoor plant around Christmas.
Your bulbs are quite cozy right now and on warmer days growing their roots, so they can just shoot up their leaves once they feel warmer temperatures.
If you look at the garlic (also a bulb) that the Kindergartners have planted in mid November, it is already happily growing leaves. Check it out – it’s planted at the end of the vegetable patch beside the raspberry patch and the apple tree.