How To Plant & Protect Fall Bulbs

How To Plant & Protect Fall Bulbs

How To Plant Fall Bulbs

Planting flower bulbs in the fall is a common topic of conversation, but understanding the reasons behind it, what types of bulbs to use, when to plant them, and how to do it can be quite intricate. Don’t worry – we’re here to support you. Below is a comprehensive guide that covers everything you need to know about planting flower bulbs during the autumn season.

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Cool Temperatures

To ensure the optimal growth of spring-blooming bulbs, including garlic, it is crucial to expose them to longer periods of cold temperatures. This helps create the perfect conditions for their development and ensures a beautiful display in the springtime, this process is referred to as Vernalisation.

The vernalisation process is truly amazing as it jumpstarts a plant’s growth by reducing its vegetative stage. This not only results in bigger and more abundant flowers, but also extends their lifespan. Furthermore, it strengthens the overall health of the plant, making it more resilient to both cold temperatures and fungal diseases.

In warmer regions, people need to refrigerate their spring-blooming bulbs to ensure proper growth. However, here in Canada, we are fortunate enough to simply plant them in the ground and let nature take care of the rest for us. It’s a convenient and natural way to enjoy the beauty of these bulbs without any extra effort.

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When To Plant Fall Bulbs in Canada

Planting fall bulbs can sometimes be overwhelming with all the different opinions and urban legends about the best time to do it. However, it doesn’t have to be a complicated and mythical process. If you prefer, you can track soil temperatures and wait until they consistently stay below 15ºC before planting. But don’t worry too much about being extremely precise – nature is resilient, and your bulbs will likely thrive regardless of the exact moment you choose to plant them.

A helpful tip for planting bulbs is to keep track of the weather. Once the temperatures start to drop and frost is a few weeks away, it’s a good time to begin. Aim to plant your bulbs during the week when frost is predicted. This way, you can ensure they have a successful start in their new home. By planting your bulbs just before the first frost, you’re giving them a chance to establish their root system before winter arrives. This helps them survive and flourish when spring comes around.

If October begins with unexpectedly warm weather, it would be ideal to wait for a week before planting. However, if waiting is not possible, there’s no need to fret. You can go ahead and plant them whenever you’re able to, whether it’s earlier or later. Just make sure to keep an eye out for any signs of green sprouting after you’ve planted them.

TIP: If you notice tiny leaves starting to emerge, it’s important to provide them with a protective layer of mulch. This will help keep them cozy and safe during the winter months.

Preparing Your Soil For Fall Bulbs

When it comes to preparing soil for bulb planting, there are a few helpful tips to keep in mind. First and foremost, choose an ideal location for your fall bulbs. Find an area that receives ample sunlight and has well-drained soil. Remove any weeds or debris from the planting site to give your bulbs a clean start. Next, loosen the soil using a garden fork or tiller, ensuring that it is not compacted which can hinder proper growth. Consider adding organic matter such as compost or peat moss to enrich the soil and provide necessary nutrients for your bulbs. By following these guidelines, you’ll create a compassionate environment that promotes healthy bulb growth and beautiful blooms in the future.

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How To Plant Fall Flowering Bulbs

To plant spring flowering bulbs in the fall, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed. In fact, it’s a straightforward process that can be easily followed by anyone with a green thumb or even those just starting out in gardening. To ensure successful blooming come springtime, there are three general guidelines that you should keep in mind. By following these simple steps, you’ll be well on your way to creating a vibrant and colorful garden for everyone to enjoy.

  1. When planting bulbs, it’s important to remember the recommended guidelines for depth and spacing. Plant them three times deeper than their height, allowing them to establish strong roots. Additionally, space them two times wider apart than their height to give each bulb enough room to grow. For example, if your bulb is 2 inches tall, plant it 6 inches deep and ensure a spacing of 4 inches between each bulb. This will provide the ideal conditions for healthy growth and thriving plants in your garden.
  2. When planting bulbs, it is important to remember that the pointy side should face upwards. This is because the leaves will emerge from this point, while the round bulb end is where the roots will develop. Taking care to plant them correctly will help ensure healthy growth for your plants.
  3. To ensure the bulbs have a good start, it’s important to give them a generous amount of water. Since they are planted at a deeper level, it’s best to provide them with a long, gentle watering after planting. This will allow the water to penetrate deep into the soil, encouraging strong root growth.

Protecting Your Fall Bulbs

During the winter season, it’s essential to take care of your fall bulbs and protect them from frost and freezing temperatures. By implementing some simple measures, you can ensure their survival and encourage their growth when spring arrives.

As winter approaches and the temperature drops, it’s important to remember that our fall bulbs need some extra care and protection. These little wonders of nature hold the potential for beautiful blooms in the spring, but they are vulnerable to frost and freezing temperatures. By taking a few simple measures, we can ensure their survival and give them the best chance to thrive when spring arrives.

1.) One of the first steps is to provide a layer of insulation around your bulbs. This can be done by adding a thick layer of mulch or straw on top of the soil where your bulbs are planted. This protective layer will help regulate temperature fluctuations and shield them from harsh weather conditions.

2.) Another important aspect is proper watering. While it may be tempting to water less during the winter months, it’s crucial to keep your bulbs adequately hydrated. Before the ground freezes, make sure they receive enough moisture so that they don’t dry out. However, be cautious not to overwater as this can lead to rotting.

3.) In addition to insulation and watering, consider providing some shelter for your fall bulbs. If you have potted bulbs or those planted in exposed areas, you might want to move them closer to a wall or under an overhang that offers some protection from strong winds and extreme cold.

4.) Lastly, don’t forget about pests! While many critters go into hibernation during winter, there are still rodents who might see your dormant bulbs as a tasty treat. To deter these unwanted visitors, place wire mesh or fencing around your bulb beds.

Remember that with proper care and attention, our fall bulbs will reward us with vibrant blossoms when spring finally arrives. By implementing these simple measures – insulating with mulch or straw, providing adequate water without overwatering, offering shelter from harsh elements and protecting against pests – we can ensure their survival and encourage their growth throughout the colder months.

Let’s take this opportunity to show our love for these resilient plants by taking the necessary steps to protect them during winter. They are an integral part of our gardens, bringing joy and beauty to our lives when we need it most.

Sit Back and Wait

Planting fall bulbs in your spring garden can yield truly satisfying results. The vibrant blooms that emerge are a testament to the beauty and resilience of nature. It’s a wonderful feeling to see your garden transform into a colorful paradise, with each bulb contributing its unique charm. The anticipation and patience required for this process make the eventual growth even more rewarding. So go ahead and enjoy the fruits of your labor, knowing that you’ve created something truly special in your own backyard. And check out our 2023 collection of Fall Bulbs to choose your favourite blooms.

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Top 5: Fall Annuals

Top 5: Fall Annuals

As trees and shrubs begin to display their beautiful autumn colors and fall-blooming perennials start to blossom, why not enhance the vibrancy of your garden by planting some cold-tolerant annuals? These resilient plants will bring even more color and life to your outdoor space during the cooler months. These lovely plants are ideal for replacing tired ones in your summer container gardens, adding a splash of seasonal interest to beds and borders, or giving your front door, patio, or deck a fresh and vibrant appearance for the fall season.

1. Strawflower

Strawflower is truly a delightful addition to any garden. Not only does it bring vibrant colours, but its unique texture adds a touch of beauty as well. The petals, with their stiff and paper-like feel, make this flower particularly perfect for dried floral crafts.Strawflowers can be found in a beautiful variety of hues like yellow, orange, red, pink, and white.

To ensure your strawflowers stay vibrant and blooming for a long time, it’s important to protect them from freezing temperatures. These delicate flowers are not tolerant of frost, so taking precautions against the cold will help them thrive and provide continuous beauty in your garden. To ensure their healthy growth, it’s best to plant them in a spot blessed with plenty of sunshine and well-drained soil.

2. Flowering Kale

Flowering kale, while it belongs to the same family as the kale you’d typically eat, is primarily grown for its beauty rather than its edibility. Its leaves are thick and tough, making them less desirable for consumption. Interestingly, despite its name, flowering kale doesn’t actually produce flowers. However, the inner leaves often showcase stunning shades of white, pink, or purple.

You can create a beautiful seasonal display by combining mixed pansies with it. Even in freezing temperatures, this pairing will stand strong. For the best coloring, make sure to plant them in an area that receives full sun.

3. Calibrachoa

Calibrachoa is a cherished annual flower that brings joy with its vibrant hues and requires minimal upkeep. Although it is typically seen as a summer plant, calibrachoa exhibits resilience in colder temperatures as well. One of the wonderful things about fall annual container gardens is how they can effortlessly bring beauty to any space. A perfect example is when this gorgeous plant cascades from a hanging basket, creating a stunning visual. With its jewel-tone flowers available in an array of colors, it effortlessly complements and enhances any design theme you can dream up.

When you’re ready to plant, try to find a sunny area with soil that drains well. This will give your plants the best chance to thrive and flourish.

4. Pansy

These delightful and cold-resistant plants bring joy with their vibrant flowers that come in a variety of colours. You can enjoy the cheery blooms in shades of red, orange, yellow, white, purple, and blue. Pansies are commonly grown as annuals, especially in container gardens. However, it’s important to know that they are actually short-lived perennials. They can withstand colder temperatures and thrive in zones 6-11.

5. Ornamental Peppers

These resilient annual plants are sure to add a dash of excitement to your garden! Ornamental Peppers not only produce vibrant fruits in a range of striking colors like red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, and even black but they are also quite easy to cultivate. While some varieties do pack a spicy punch, there are others that have non-pungent fruits and can be safely grown around small children.

Not only do these varieties showcase their delicious fruits, but they also boast stunning variegated foliage. To ensure optimal growth, make sure to plant them in a sunny area with well-draining soil. However, it’s important to note that like strawflowers, these fall annuals are not very frost tolerant. So, when the colder weather arrives, remember to cover or protect them for their wellbeing.

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Fall Rye 101

Fall Rye 101

Fall rye, scientifically known as Secale cereale, is a remarkable cereal grain that serves as an exceptional soil builder. Its unique characteristics make it a valuable asset for agricultural practices in various climates. Notably, fall rye exhibits rapid growth during the autumn season and has the ability to withstand harsh winter weather conditions even in zone 3.

Fall Rye Growth

One of the key advantages of fall rye is its vigorous growth in the spring. However, it is important to manage its height before it reaches 30cm (12″) to ensure easy incorporation into the soil. As it grows taller and reaches 1m (3′), turning under or cutting back becomes more challenging.

Fall Rye Soil Benefits

Furthermore, fall rye boasts extensive root systems that contribute to its soil-building capabilities. These roots penetrate deep into the ground and help improve soil structure by enhancing water retention and nutrient availability for other crops.

In conclusion, fall rye proves to be an invaluable addition to any agricultural system due to its ability to build healthy soils. Its resilience against winter weather combined with rapid spring growth makes it a versatile choice for farmers seeking sustainable solutions for their fields.


Fall Rye Recipes

In the culinary world, fall rye shines as an ingredient with its nutty flavor and hearty texture. It can be ground into flour to make breads and pastries or cooked whole as a side dish or salad ingredient. Fall rye’s versatility extends to soups, stews, and even desserts like puddings or porridges.

Fall Rye Décor

When it comes to home décor, fall rye can be used in various ways to add warmth and texture. Its dried stalks can be arranged in vases or woven into wreaths for a charming autumnal display. Additionally, fall rye can be incorporated into table centerpieces or used as filler in decorative baskets for a natural and earthy feel.

Fall Rye Nutrients

Beyond its culinary uses and decorative appeal, fall rye also offers numerous nutritional benefits. Packed with fiber, vitamins B and E, magnesium, and iron, incorporating fall rye into your diet can support digestion, heart health, and overall well-being.



To achieve the best results, it is recommended to plant fall rye approximately 6-8 weeks before the first frost date. This timing allows the seeds to germinate and establish themselves before winter sets in. In some cases, rye seeds can even germinate as late as early November.

Tip: Alternatively, a spring crop of rye can be planted during the months of March through April. This provides ample time for growth and development before the onset of summer.


Rye is known for its resilience and ability to withstand harsh climates. It is classified as hardy to Zone 3, which means it can tolerate temperatures as low as -40°C (-40°F).

Caring for Fall Rye

In addition to proper watering, providing regular care and attention throughout each stage of growth is essential for maximizing yield potential. Regularly monitor for pests or diseases that may pose a threat to your crop’s health and promptly address any issues that arise.

With patience and dedication, you can look forward to reaping the rewards of your laborious efforts as you enjoy a bountiful harvest of this nutritious grain. Whether you plan to use rye in baking, brewing or as a cover crop to enrich your soil, the possibilities are endless.

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2023 September Gardening Tips

2023 September Gardening Tips

As September approaches, it’s time to embrace the cool and cozy vibes. This also presents an opportunity to grow a variety of crops in your garden that are perfect for making soups, stews, and other comforting dishes. If you’re considering starting a fall garden this year, it’s important to take care of a few end-of-season chores before getting started. Read this weeks Blog 2023 September Gardening Tips, to learn more.

September Lawn & Pond Maintenance

  1. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to nourish your fish before winter sets in! It’s crucial to give them the right nutrients during this time. Consider using high-quality staple fish food, such as Aquascapes’ premium options, to ensure their health and well-being throughout the colder months.

  2. Keep the beneficial bacteria flowing into your system on a weekly basis and experience the numerous advantages it brings. Regularly introducing these helpful microorganisms will boost your overall health and enhance the functionality of your system. For an extra boost, we recommend Aquascape Benefitial Bacteria which provides over seven different concentrated beneficial bacteria and is completely safe for fish, plants, pets, and wildlife.

  3. For optimal results, it is advisable to sow new lawns during cooler temperatures of the day. This helps to ensure that the seeds have a better chance of germinating and taking root. Prior to sowing, it is recommended to nourish the soil with turf starter for enhanced growth and establishment.

  4. To maintain a healthy and vibrant lawn, it is important to consistently cut the grass and water it adequately. Aim to mow your lawn at least once a week, ensuring to trim it by at least one inch each time. Additionally, make sure you provide sufficient hydration through regular watering sessions.

  5. For a healthy lawn that can withstand the winter, it’s important to keep it clean and free from any obstructions such as toys, leaves, and tools. By doing so, you allow your lawn to receive the necessary nutrients it requires for survival during the colder months.

September Plant Tasks

  1. Transform your September garden into a colorful paradise by planting an array of stunning annual flowers. From the vibrant begonia and zinnias to the charming snapdragons and sweet alyssum, the options are endless. Embrace the beauty of nature with celosia, pansies, dianthus, petunias, nasturtiums, calendula, chrysanthemums, and many more breathtaking varieties.

  2. Make sure to keep an eye out for newly arrived fresh vegetable and herb starters. Now is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on these young plants.

  3. Get ready for a vibrant spring garden by pre-ordering your spring-flower bulbs today! Planting bulbs in the fall ensures beautiful blooms when the weather warms up. Take advantage of this opportunity to plan ahead and secure your favorite flowers for next season.

  4. Bring houseplants inside, but make sure to inspect them for any signs of bugs! This is crucial because pests can easily hide on plants and multiply rapidly indoors. By taking the time to thoroughly check your plants, you can identify any potential infestations early on and take appropriate measures to prevent the spread of pests in your home.

  5. Fall is an optimal season for planting shrubs and trees due to a few key reasons. Firstly, the cooler temperatures allow the plants to establish their root systems before the onset of winter. This promotes sturdy growth and reduces transplant shock. Additionally, fall typically brings more rainfall, providing natural hydration and encouraging healthy root development. By planting in this season, you give your shrubs and trees ample time to acclimate to their new environment, ensuring a higher rate of survival come springtime.

  6. When tending to your flowerbeds, consider preserving the beauty of your blooms by either leaving them intact for dried flowers or cutting them and hanging them up. This way, you can enjoy their vibrant colors and delicate petals long after they have been picked.

  7. To ensure a vibrant and thriving garden, it is advisable to continue planting new perennials until early fall. By doing so, you allow sufficient time for these young plants to establish themselves before the arrival of winter. This proactive approach will help promote their growth and enhance their ability to withstand the challenges of the colder months ahead.

  8. Lift onions, dry and store.

  9. Avoid watering potatoes that are intended to be stored for an extended period of time. Late-storing potatoes, in particular, should not be watered as it can negatively impact their long-term storage quality.

September Gardening Miscellaneous & More

  1. If you want to enhance the quality of your soil, there are a few simple steps you can take. Begin by clearing away any dead leaves and debris from your garden bed. This will create a clean slate for new growth. Next, consider spreading compost or manure over the soil. These organic materials not only enrich the soil with essential nutrients but also improve its overall health, leading to a successful growing season ahead.

  2. To improve the fertility of your garden soil, consider planting fall rye in the areas where you have finished harvesting. Fall rye serves as a valuable green manure, adding organic matter and nutrients back into the soil. This practice helps to enrich the soil for future growth and can contribute to healthier plants in subsequent growing seasons.

  3. Turn over the compost for the last time this year.

  4. To grow more of the plants you desire, you have the option to either harvest and save their seeds or propagate them through other methods. Harvesting seeds involves collecting mature seeds from your plants and storing them properly until you are ready to sow them. On the other hand, plant propagation refers to the process of creating new plants by using cuttings, division, layering, or other techniques. By taking advantage of these methods, you can easily expand your plant collection and ensure a sustainable supply of the specific plants you want.

  5. It is advisable to regularly check for the presence of Japanese Knotweed in your surroundings. This invasive plant can cause significant damage to properties and infrastructure if left untreated. If you identify any signs of Japanese Knotweed, it is crucial to take appropriate measures for its control and treatment to prevent further spread and potential harm.

  6. One important task to prepare your garden beds for the winter months is weeding. Removing any weeds from the beds can help prevent them from spreading and taking over during the dormant season. It also allows your plants to receive maximum nutrients and reduces competition for water and sunlight. Taking the time to weed your garden beds before winter sets in will ensure a healthier, more vibrant garden come springtime.

  7. In certain regions, you can directly sow leafy greens, peas, beans, onions, and broccoli. This means planting the seeds directly into the ground or containers without starting them indoors first.


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Fire Resistant Gardening

Fire Resistant Gardening

With the increasing spread of wildfires, our President Gord Nickel wanted to share everything he knows about ‘Fire Resistant Gardening’ to help you do your best at home. Tune into the latest episode of Get Up and Grow, to learn a few key practices that can help protect your garden and surrounding areas or read along in this week’s blog Fire Resistant Gardening to learn more.


By regularly pruning your garden, you can significantly reduce the amount of fuel available for fires to spread. Dead branches tend to be drier and more flammable, making them particularly susceptible to catching fire. Removing these branches not only eliminates potential fire hazards but also improves the overall health and appearance of your plants.

TIP: Overgrown branches, especially those that are close to structures or power lines, can increase the risk of fires spreading rapidly. By trimming back these branches, you create a buffer zone that helps prevent flames from reaching nearby buildings or infrastructure.


Another technique to consider is rock mulching. Using rocks as a ground cover can help create a fire break and prevent flames from reaching your plants or home.

Rock mulching into your landscaping design can serve as an effective technique for creating a fire break and safeguarding your plants and home from wildfire risks. Its ability to reduce fuel for fires, conserve soil moisture, require minimal maintenance efforts, and enhance the visual appeal make it an attractive option for homeowners seeking both practicality and aesthetics in their outdoor spaces.

Low Mow

Regularly mowing your lawn can play a crucial role in mitigating the spread of fires. By keeping the grass short, you reduce the chances of it catching fire. Additionally, shorter grass acts as a natural protective barrier, creating a buffer zone between your garden and potential flames. This simple maintenance task can contribute to ensuring the safety of your property during fire emergencies.

Fire Resistant Plants

When it comes to creating a fire-resistant landscape, choosing the right plants is crucial. Opting for plants with high moisture content and low resin or oil content can significantly reduce the risk of ignition during a fire. These types of plants are less likely to ignite quickly, allowing valuable time for firefighting efforts and minimizing the spread of flames.

Get Up and Grow: Fire Resistant Gardening

Thanks to our caring staff at Wildwood, we now have a huge list of Fire Resistant plants for you to choose from here.

By integrating these practices into your gardening routine, you can establish a fire-resistant environment that plays a crucial role in safeguarding your property against potential wildfires. For more information and help, check out the latest episode of Get Up and Grow below.

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