As I walk through the local stores, I realize that the ghost and goblins are giving way to turkeys and holiday ornaments.
Being a gardener, I notice in the garden center an abundance of bulbs waiting to be buried to wait for just their right time of spring to pop up and brighten those cold last days of winter. I also notice gift boxes of bulbs and small planters ranging anywhere from $8 to $15 and sometimes more. Well, not to slow the economy or be a Grinch by restraining from the impulse to buy these prettily packaged goods, but you and I can make our own with less and have an equally if not more bountiful display.
The wintertime favorite is usually the Narcissus and the Paperwhite. You can pick up a whole bag of these, probably in the same store, for $4 to $8 and possibly enjoy 12 to 20 blooms instead of the measly one that often comes in those holiday boxes.
Don’t get me wrong, those do great in a pinch and you can get some great bargains after New Year’s Eve, but for you and me, I’m betting we’ll be just fine making our own.
Here are the easy steps to a quick display that should be ready in time for the holidays:
Some folks suggest tossing the bulbs when you are done because they may not bloom again, but I always “toss” them in the garden and often the next year I have blooms both indoors and out.
Patricia Brantley is a Master Gardener with the University of California Cooperative Extension office in Fairfield. If you have gardening questions, call the Master Gardeners office at 784-1322.