The rewards of forcing bulbs is rather quickly realized once January rolls around. Last fall, I filled flower pot after flower pot with soil, stuffed in some tulip and hyacinth bulbs, set the pots aside in my Happy Valley Community Garden spot, mulched them with straw and, quite simply, ignored them until recently. I brought a few of the pots inside a few weeks ago. Now, the sweet fragrance of springtime hyacinth blooms fills our living room.
And there's a row of tulip buds forming on the window sill.
With more pots of bulbs buried under the mulch in my garden yet to bring in, what a cheerful boost for the middle of winter.
Here's how I did it:
October 2009 - Forcing Bulbs: Planting Tulips and Hyacinths
January 2010 - Forcing Bulbs: Bringing in the Potted Bulbs