Monday, May 21, 2018
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Timely Tendings: Consider planting bulbs, and prepare for the spring vegetable garden

Bulbs are nice additions to the landscape, and now is the time to plant them. Some you may want to try are agapanthus, amaryllis (shown above), caladium, crinum lily, gloriosa lily and zephyr lily. Work in a generous amount (25 pounds per 100 square feet) of organic matter such as compost, cow manure, sphagnum peat or other types of peat moss. Bulbs planted in large masses produce the best color display. For complete information on choosing, planting and caring for bulbs, access Bulbs for Florida on the Internet at

Prep for veggies: It is time to prepare your spring vegetable garden. Warm season vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, summer squash and beans can be planted after the middle of February. You will want to spade up your garden area and incorporate organic matter. Add about 25 pounds of some type of organic material per 100 square feet of garden. Cow manure (already composted), compost, peat moss or any combination of materials are great organic amendments. Some nurseries have starter plants for tender crops now. Vegetable Gardening in Florida by James Stephens is a great reference book and the UF/IFAS Extension publication Florida Gardening Guide is available .

Sources: Carol Suggs and Theresa Badurek, Pinellas County Extension Service. Learn more at or