Digging and storing tips

June 14, 2020

Category: Growing Daffodils

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It’s digging season here in West Virginia.  What’s your most valuable tips for digging, processing, storing and keeping things sorted?

To get started, my biggest discovery is shade!  I use extra large beach umbrellas, with metallic lining and (almost) tip-proof tripod stands.  This can turn an impossibly hot and humid day into just an uncomfortable one.

I also need an organized and comfortable work space.  While digging I use the pickup tail gate and bed, with a shade umbrella, and can take air conditioned breaks in the cab.  I have an actual chair and little table on the deck, also with shade, for bagging, cleaning, drying.

What’s your best idea?

2 Responses to Digging and storing tips

  1. David Adams, New Zealand
    June 14, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    I dig from 6am to 9:30am, catch up on sleep and have a swim  for the rest of the day, then maybe go digging again later in the evening. If your climate is humid then appreciate the value of getting your bulbs real dry before storage. We sun dry ours but have to be careful that we don’t cook the bulbs if they stay out in the hot, dry sun for too long. I measured the top soil temperature one year. It was 134*.

  2. Don Caton, Pennsylvania
    June 28, 2020 at 11:55 am

    It has been hot and humid in this section of eastern PA, so digging has not been a joy, but necessary job.  so yesterday, I dug about 8 cultivars that had been in the groung lor the last nine years.  got anywhere from 5 to 35 bulbs per cultivar, Pizarro and Pacific Rim being the more prolific.  So after washing and cleaning them, I put them in trays to dry in my basement.  It was drizzling most of the day.  Today, 6/28, I put them in the sun to dry them out, no intention of cooking them.  So I decided to measure the temp of several doubles – unbelievable 135 degrees F.  They are now back in the basement where the temp is a cool 73 degrees, and I have a small fan circulating the air, and the dehumidifier hums .  So much for HWT.