We just had our first snow! Almost 6 inches over the course of a day and a night, and it was beautiful. We got really sticky snow, so each little branch and leaf on all the trees was covered in snow, making for an incredible picture. It was especially striking as most of our trees still have leaves on them, all in shades of orange, red, and yellow; made only more vibrant by the pristine white snow. It was really quite something.
But I digress, we knew this snow was coming and had planned accordingly. One major project on that plan was to dig up our Dahlia tubers so that we can store them over the winter and replant them in the spring. Dahlia’s are native to Mexico and parts of South America, and are therefore not resistant to freezing temperatures, especially not the freezing temperatures we get here in the mountains. Thus they need to be dug up before the first frost and stored in a cool place for the winter. We have a make shift root cellar under the stairs where we have this years sweet potatoes, and this is a perfect pace for them to rest.
We grew quite a lot of Dahlias this year and have been enjoying them since the early spring, in bouquets in the house and just out in the yard. The digging process was really simple; just gently dig them up, brush off the excess soil, store on a rack that allows some air movement, and that’s it! They will keep great in our root cellar and we will re-plant them in the spring. They did double in size over the past year, so I think we will have an even better growing season next year!
We also took this time to plant some Tulip bulbs. As a proud Dutchman, it would be unacceptable to not have Tulips growing at the house, so we planted about 50 bulbs of a few varieties. These are really simple to plant: pointy end up, about 6 inches deep in rows or clusters, and covered loosely with soil. They don’t need to be fertilized as they are little storehouses of food and nutrients. Now we wait till spring and hopefully we will have a beautiful bloom!