Get Them In The Ground!

The best bulb planting advice I can give? Get them in the ground!  Please don’t choose a collection of lovely packages and then not plant them – get them in the ground!  The reward come spring is exploding cheerful, vivid blooms that brighten everyone’s gardens and spirits.   Most bulbs like full sun and good drainage, with big bulbs getting planted 6”-8” deep and small bulbs at 2”-4” deep.  The package will provide the details you need including planting depth, bloom time and plant height.  Plant bulbs in clusters or drifts, and consider what perennials or shrubs will leaf out to handily cover your browning bulb foliage.  A dibber, hand held bulb planter or hand trowel work great for planting smaller bulbs.  For larger bulbs or a large quantity of bulbs, I love my ‘planter shovel’ from Lee Valley.  Squirrels are not fond of several bulb varieties: daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, alliums, fritillaria, snow drops.  Now is the time – I plant spring blooming bulbs around Halloween, preferably when there is a last warmish day but the soil has cooled, and even better if a pending rain is in the forecast.  So I am off to the garden with my pail of bulbs! Read more about tulips here and here, and read about alliums here.

Posted on October 30, 2014 and filed under Guidance, Inspiration.