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Gardening tips for Duluth's Northern climate, hosted by Master Gardener Tom Kasper.

Tips for Hardy Gardeners: A Buffet for Bulb Bandits

A close-up of a squirrel emerging at the crux of a tree
Dave Shafer [via Flickr]

"A lot of gardeners struggled this past year," says Tom Kasper. "Many folks that I've talked to have just kind of given up on 2023." The dry conditions have presented plenty of problems for the growing season, but the recent rain will help to prep the ground for next spring.

Planting spring bulbs should be on the agenda in the coming weeks. "Now is the time to start planting those," says Kasper. But be advised; plenty of critters are on the lookout for recently-planted bulbs. Rabbits, squirrels and deer will find their way to the tasty treats. To ensure that your hard work doesn't become a quick meal, be sure to clean your space. "Don't leave that frass or that outer shell of the tulip or the daffodil... they can smell that."

A more aggressive approach involves chicken wire. "Put a layer of that a couple inches down into the ground over the top of those bulbs." The would-be culprit will be stopped short of its goal while, at the same time, not impede the future health of your flowers.

You can hear Tips for Hardy Gardeners every other Tuesday at 8:20am on Northland Morning.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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