Help a novice gardener out
Since gardeners are thick on the ground in this place, I figured this would be a good place to ask for some advice re: my weensy little NYC garden space, a/k/a my window boxes.
I have three, approximately 1' x 2', full south-facing sunlight. Right now there are a lot of weeds in them, and it's too late to do much with them in terms of food-producing plants, but it's not too late to plan ahead for next year, right?
So: if I want to plant bulbs for next year, do I just stick them in the dirt, forget about them and then enjoy the daffodils when they come up in the spring? Can I plant other things when the daffs are gone without crowding them out?
And, uh, daffodils are perennials, right? I keep seeing them in the same places in the park every year, and I'm pretty sure they were planted years ago.
I'd also like some advice for some kind of ground cover that will keep the soil from bouncing out of the boxes and into my apartment when it rains really hard, but which won't stifle the plants.