Planting Garlic and Daffodils
I also spent some time this weekend finding new homes for the daffodil bulbs I brought with me from the community garden. I wanted to plant a few under the maple tree in our front yard. I thought it would be a great way to initiate the de-lawning process and stake out a few surprises for next spring. But my efforts were quickly thwarted once I tried tapping into the extremely dry, clay soil. I struggled to remove just one small shovel's worth of sod, and then I hit one of the tree's roots. Not good.
I gave up on that idea and instead tucked the bulbs into the borders along the house, where there there was, surprise, more tough soil disguised under a thin layer of mulch and sprawling azalea roots. It was no easy task to get through all that, and I surely hope the bulbs will make it. Not only are they in tough soil, but they also have to survive the dreaded squirrel, who visits daily now. Wherever I dig, the squirrel soon follows. It's so frustrating. If I see any daffodils in my spring garden, I will be pleased!