Time to Plant Bulbs
Smart gardeners have been hoarding their spring-blooming bulbs to plant this month, and it’s finally time! If you have not already purchased your bulbs, you’ll be glad to know that here at EJC will still have lots of options for you to choose from. Next year, make a note to yourself to start shopping for them in September and October when the supply is usually larger.
Here are some smart tips from our friends at Dig! Drop! Done! for getting great results from your spring bulbs:
First up is what our experts think is a tip crucial for success – adding Hy Yield Dutch Bulb Food when you plant. This will nourish and pamper the bulb, so to speak, throughout the winter.
Good soil preparation is the very first step. Make sure it is loose and porous to make the planting easier (and because good drainage is necessary for all types of bulbs). Adding peat moss to the soil is a good trick to improve drainage.
The planting depth of bulbs depends on their size: a good rule of thumb is that the depth should be 3x the diameter of the bulb. However, planting depths vary by variety. For more specific planting depths, check the label on your bulb package.
The spacing of the bulbs depends largely on the effect you are trying to achieve. For best results plant in clumps of large groups rather than in single rows.
After loosening the soil gently press the bulbs (with pointed ends up) in the bed, cover them with the removed soil and tap it down slightly.
For how-to videos, go to digdropdone.com.