by Gene Sumi, Homestead Education Coordinator
If you see the green tips of daffodils or tulips poking through the surface of your soil, not to worry! They may be some of the early risers who could not wait until the calendar said it was spring. Higher than normal temperatures may have triggered bulbs to begin sending forth green shoots, but this does not signal an early spring. The green shoots will not develop much beyond this stage and will not form full leaves and flowers until their appointed time in the spring.
The main thing for you to do in this case is nothing. Do not put anything over the green shoots – no soil, mulch or other protection is required. The green shoots will not be severely damaged by exposure to winter cold. I have been asked my advice on this subject recently by several customers of Homestead Gardens and my response to them has been just this.