Hardy Chrysanthemums, or Garden Mums, are popular plants that have been used in the gardens of China since before 550B.C. Their blooms brighten garden beds and borders from early August through November with blooms that often last for many weeks. Some varieties begin blooming earlier than others. Mums come in a wide assortment of colors including white, many shades of yellow, pink, lavender, red and bronze.
Today, Mums are a large part of the fall harvest season and are a great way to brighten and bring color to any spot in the garden. Mums are also great for use in containers, window boxes and around front entryways.
Before planting, divide the sets into two sizes. Use the largest sets for green table onions and the smaller sets for dry cooking onions.
Make sure the pH is about 6.5 to 8.5 and that the soil is well drained, firm and not freshly manured.
Planting the Onions
In early to mid May, you can start to plant your onion bulbs. To ensure you have straight rows you can pull a string across the gardening bed, and push the bulbs into the earth just along the string. Make sure you watch the freshly planted onions because birds like to peck them out of the soil. For that case keep a few extra bulbs and plant those when you notice that s...