Hurry and plant spring bulbs now. Plus, three other autumn reminders

Spring Flower Show by Kathy Struckle
Photo by Kathy Struckle.

Take advantage of this beautiful autumn weather we’re enjoying in the Buffalo area and tackle some gardening projects. Here are some reminders of things you can do right now.

Reminder #1: Hurry and plant spring bulbs.

If you want spring flowers such as tulips and daffodils, hurry and plant your bulbs now before the ground freezes.

That tip is from the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, where today 16 volunteers and several staff members planted spring bulbs– 4,500 of them!– along the front walkway.compost for garden in Buffalo NY

Today’s work is in preparation for the 2012 Spring Flower Show to be held March 24 – April 15. Inside and outside, the Botanical Gardens plans to plant more than 34,000 spring bulbs for the show.

Reminder #2: Don’t waste those leaves!

The more I talk to gardeners, the more I’ve become a fan of compost. Compost can turn around even the worst soil and allow plants to thrive.

Another thing I love about compost is that it can be free. You can create this amazing gardening material yourself from things like kitchen scraps and plant clippings. Autumn leaves are a good source of material for compost, and they’re so plentiful!

Brad and Scott from Buffalo ReUse with cold frameIt’s easy to start composting. Next spring, you’ll be glad you did.

Reminder #3: Make a cold frame to extend the growing season.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a greenhouse? You can build a mini-greenhouse called a cold frame to shield small plants from cold weather and extend the growing season for those plants. You can also use cold frames in the spring to keep tender seedlings warm.

Here are directions for a cold frame that is essentially an old window attached to a box.

Reminder #4: Freeze those herbs.

My parsley is still going strong. Before it gets buried in snow, I want to preserve some for the winter.

We’re all familiar with dried parsley that we can buy in the grocery store. But did you know that it’s easy to freeze herbs such as parsley and chives?

Just rinse your herbs, shake off the excess water and pop them into a plastic freezer bag. When you want to use the herbs, pull out as much as you’d like, chop it up, and place the rest back in the freezer.

Bonus Reminder: Enjoy our great weather!

“I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne, American writer

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