Sunday, December 9, 2012

Planting Bulbs

The sun was out this weekend after a lot of rain and flooding.  We decided it was time to do a little garden clean up and plant some bulbs.  We bought this big box of crocus bulbs some time ago and never got around to planting them. After raking up all of the fallen leaves and acorns and composting the dead flowers, cucumber, bean and squash plants, we  planted the bulbs. 

As you can see from the picture below, these bulbs needed to get into the ground, they were already sprouting in the box.

Planting bulbs is easy.  Dig a small trench to loosen up the soil.  Just make sure the soil drains well, bulbs don't like to "get their feet wet".  Put the bulbs in the dirt with the sprouting or pointy side up and cover them up with some loose soil.  The depth depends on the size of the bulbs.  These small crocus bulbs only need to be about 3-4 inches deep but bigger bulbs like tulip or daffodils need to be planted deeper.  Bulbs need a cold frost to bloom properly in the spring.  If you live in a warm climate without winter frosts, you can store them in your refrigerator for a few weeks before planing them in the ground.  If you live somewhere that the ground freezes, get them in the ground before that happens.
I can't wait for these beautiful little flowers to bloom in the spring in little borders all around my garden.

P.S.  My garden crew was no help at all.  They claimed to be on some sort of winter hiatus...

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