‘harvesting’ perennials, planting vegetables

vegetable-beds-preppedTHE ANNUAL VEGETABLE-GARDEN ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG yielded the usual suspects—perennials and small shrubs I plunge in there for wintertime storage, things I use in summer pots: huge hosta clumps (I do love hostas) and Hakonechloa and other random bits. In went 3 inches of compost, 10 pounds of lime per 100 square feet, an all-natural organic fertilizer made of meals and manures, seeds for short rows of various salad greens, and a few-dozen onion plants. Life is good, loaded with possibility. (Well, except that I could use some rain.) Unearthed anything good lately over there?

  1. sandra says:

    Hi, I’ve never written before but I need to know if where my tulips are blooming now, when they no longer bloom and I cut them down can I put in a vegetable garden amongst them. Last year I put flowers around them and it worked. Can I do a vegetable garden this year?

    1. margaret says:

      Welcome, Sandra. For many years I have planted my cutting tulips (ones for bouquets) in my raised vegetable beds, then just planted veggies over them. The limitation: The tulip foliage needs to ripen, or wither, gradually on its own; you cannot cut it off until it’s ready. See the Flower-Bulb FAQ page for details about bulbs, under daffodils (same idea for tulips). So if you can make space for your other things while letting the tulip foliage ripen, all good. I would suggest also that you interplant with something that doesn’t require a lot of digging, of course. See you soon again.

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