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Growing on the High Plains: Forcing Bulbs

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Gardeners, remember that you can always defeat the dumps that winter weather brings by forcing bulbs. It's easy, and it ushers a breath of spring in the dead of winter.

If you find yourself missing the company of lush blossoms, you aren't alone. Many of us High Plains gardeners find the cold weather months a struggle. But I'm here to remind you that you can always sneak a little spring color as you weather the nip of winter by forcing bulbs in pots. There's a large variety of bulbs available at garden centers, and it's likely you can score some on the cheap if you get them soon.

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.