This past weekend I spent a good two hours working hard in my yard. More specifically, I planted a total of 53 bulbs. Once the weather turns cold, it’s time for some fall plantings. Generally, it’s just better than planting in the summer because there’s less watering involved. With bulbs though, there’s no other way. They need the cool ground to get established, winterize and get ready to bloom in the spring. Fingers crossed!
Planting bulbs is actually quite simple. All you need is the bulbs, soil, a hand trowel and mulch. I did add a couple of other items I’ll talk about as we go along.
I chose a variety of tulips, alliums and crocus. Hopefully, they’ll look as good as I expect. That’s the one thing with bulbs, you never know until the spring. It’s all a waiting game.
Image source: Stuifbergen Exports
The first thing I did was measure the bed size and plan out my plantings. Spacing them evenly and mixing colors here and there. It took some tinkering around, but finally I got them placed where I wanted.
I used a tape measure as a guide while I placed the bulbs in the dirt. Of course, you want to weed the beds before hand, which I did after taking the picture above, so please ignore those… To make the holes I first used a bulb planter (as seen in the first picture), which is just a drill bit to help you out. I still used a hand trowel to fine tune the whole. For bigger bulbs, you want the bottom to be 8”-9” from the top, including the mulch layer. For smaller bulbs, the distance is 4”-5”.
The bulb should be placed with the root to the bottom, the pointed side to the top. Is it’s hard to distinguish which way is up or down, plant sideways and the shoot should be able to find it’s way through the top. Cover back with soil.
Once all the bulbs are planted I covered the ground with chicken wire. Now, this step is not vital. The reason I did this is because one of the biggest burdens to bulbs are small critters that dig them up, such as squirrels. One visit to our backyard and you’ll see how this could post a problem to us. I read that chicken wire will prevent them from digging up the bulbs and the shoot should still be able to find an opening. You can hold this down with some landscape pins.
Finally, cover with about three inches of mulch and water thoroughly.
Next, you just wait and hope for the best.
This is my first time plantings bulbs, so we’ll see how it goes. I have a good feeling about this and even if I get a few blooms, I’ll be happy. I’ll be sure to keep you posted.
For now, hope you have a great weekend!