What do you do when somebody tells you that you can’t do something? How about when you are told that what you want to do simply won’t work?
When faced with a situation that seems as immoveable as a brick wall, many heed negative advice, turn around, march away, and do something else. That is the easier way, the way of less stress, and less disappointment.
It is wise to learn from the failing experiments of others; often, it saves time and money. But sometimes, you just have to try it for yourself, because no one else does it quite like you do, and (just maybe) your way might work.
When repurposing household items as plant containers, make certain that the plants will have adequate drainage. Nail holes were pounded into the bottom of the bucket before planting.
These are some of the thoughts swirling around in my brain today as I work on a small project—planting bulbs in a bucket. Specifically, today I am planting five Narcissus ‘Red Devon’ and eight Tulipa ‘Akebono’ in a 13 inch wide, 12 inch deep galvanized bucket, because I am crazy, and I believe I might be successful, and seeing these flowers in spring will be worth it.
The plant hardiness zone scale is from one to thirteen. In the most general of terms, areas with the warmest weather have the highest zone numbers (think zone 10, Florida), while areas with the coolest weather have the lowest zone numbers (think zone 3, Canada).
Five daffodils in the middle, with eight tulips surrounding them. Daffodils will bloom first, in early spring. Tulips will bloom in late spring.
I have moved recently from Indiana, where I had extensive planting beds around my home, to Chicago, where I have a brick patio and a balcony (and I am very, very lucky to have that much outside space). I don’t have any actual soil—all of my gardening must be accomplished within containers.
I have been told repeatedly that bulbs cannot be successfully grown outside over winter in pots in zone 6 or lower, unless placed in an unheated garage (we have a shared carport) or basement (we don’t have one), or placed in the refrigerator for at least two months, during which time you cannot store any fruit or vegetables (not an option).
I am going to try anyway. I have nothing to lose but a little time and effort, and the cost of a few bulbs.
Bulbs are covered with soil, and bucket is placed in balcony corner, nearest house.
My plan is to store the bucket in the inside corner of my balcony, protected from the sun and wind by the balcony’s brick wall. When it snows, I will scoop up snow and throw some in the bucket, to water the bulbs when the weather warms a little. In extreme cold, I will put the lid on the bucket—hopefully, it won’t be frigid for too many days in a row.
When it warms in the spring, I will bring the uncovered bucket out in the sunshine, where either it will bloom beautifully for me, or I will learn a worthwhile lesson, or I will devise a new plan for next fall. I guess I am growing stubborn.