William Moss has loved nature and the outdoors since childhood. Gardening is just an extension of that passion. The effects of his gardening efforts on the local ecosystem were intriguing and inspiring. His gardens provided nectar for swallowtails and skippers, shelter for carpenter bees and writing spiders, and an endless supply of voles and rabbits for the neighborhood red tailed hawk. On his websites, www.garden.org/urbangardening & www.wemoss.org , he chronicles the challenges of gardening in a city and discusses horticultural techniques. William also covers a wide array of "greening" topics ranging from soil contamination and remediation to eco-friendly pest management to the intricacies of native habitats. To comprehend and better explain the complex life-webs right outside his door, William enrolled in the extramural Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences program offered by the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His focus is on creating wildlife corridors in urban areas. Concurrently, he has sought out opportunities to be involved in local environmental projects. While at the Chicago Department of the Environment, he worked with WRD, an environmental construction company, at North Park Village Nature Center. William supervised Greencorps crews and volunteers and they removed invasive plants and replaced them with native trees, shrubs, and perennials. At this point William began to focus more on presenting lectures, and he joined the Chicago Botanic Garden as an environmental educator.
Plant Bulbs Now for Spring Blooms
Master gardener William Moss demonstrates how to plant your bulbs for colorful Spring flowers.
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William Moss: Spring bulbs now pays big dividends comes spring. Today we are talking spring bulbs. Tulips, hyacinths, crocuses, scilla are among the first plants to broom in the Spring.
They are bright color cheers us after long dreary winters. Some of the biggest and best bulbs are also wild life resistant. Daffodils and alliums or flowering onions are easy, reliable and not eaten deer, rabbits or rodents.
Planning in mass makes for a spectacular spring show. You dig a whole or a trench about 8 inches deep and you can place the bulbs in for former look or just scatter them in for more naturalistic effect.
Large holes also make it easy to interplant some of the smaller bulbs, which are bulbs in fill in about half way with soil to about 4 inches, then you put down your smaller bulbs like your crocuses and your scillas, water well and then back fill everything completely.
When you're only planting a few bulbs you can use a drilling auger. Augers make it easy to plant in a established garden as well. Just drill to hold down about 8 inches deep for the biggest bulbs, place the bulb in and then back fill. Plant for a glorious spring now by planting some bulbs this fall. Get out and grow.