How to Divide Dahlia Tubers and Store Over the Winter

It's getting cold outside! If you haven't dug up your dahlia tubers, now is the time! Our Summer 2020 Box featured guest, Jesalyn Pettigrew of Mossy Gate Farm, talked us through the ins and outs of dahlias, including how to care for them once the growing season is over. Here's a fresh recap about what to do with those dahlia tubers during the winter, as well as how and when to divide them for next year.

Watch the video below, or if you can't listen right now, scroll down to read her tips for caring for those spent dahlias.

 Cutting Back Dahlias

Wait until the first frost to kill your dahlia before cutting it down. You'll look out at your garden and see it turn brown and start falling apart within hours. 

Cut it down short so you have a handle at the base. If you leave it in the ground over winter, you do risk losing the plant. In mild climates you can sometimes get away with this. Jesalyn recommended digging it up and storing it for the winter, especially those...

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Why Mulch Is the Secret Super Hero of Garden Care

Mulch is seriously the secret hero of garden care.

I just finished adding three cubic yards of mulch to my front yard garden beds. It was quite the project, shoveling and spreading, but it is always worth it in the end thanks to just how beneficial it is to my plants. (Take a peek at my garden here.) Mulch is absolutely amazing! Even just one of its benefits would make the hard work worth it, but it has a whole bundle of advantages. If you’re not using mulch in for your garden care, you should seriously consider it. Here’s why. 

Keep Weeds Back 

This is one of my top reasons for adding mulch to my yard. Here in the milder Pacific Northwest, plants grow like crazy. It often rains, and it doesn’t get too hot. That means weeds get out of control very quickly. I weed my beds before adding mulch, and while this doesn’t stop the weeds completely, it does stunt their growth and make it much easier to keep up on weeding. Some people will even add...

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How to Care for Spent Tulip Bulbs

Temperatures are rising, bringing visions of hydrangeas and daisies and all sorts of lovely summer blooms. Your mind has probably moved on from tulips, but if you have any tulip bulbs in your yard like me, they still need some TLC, even after their flowers are long gone. Here’s what you need to know about caring for those spent tulip bulbs. 

Deadheading 

When the tulip petals fade and fall, we tend to forget about the tulips in our gardens. If you do notice their sad state, you might wonder what to do with them. The best practice is to snip off the faded flower and leave as much foliage as possible. It’s very important not to take too much green off. The bulb isn’t dormant yet at this stage. It’s still soaking up sun through the leaves. If you cut it to the ground while it’s still green, you risk starving the bulb and possibly killing it. That means no flashy spring colors next year. So, leave the greens and let them add some nice texture and...

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