Let’s Get This Done!!
Now is the time to plant your spring flowering bulbs. I know it’s tempting to wait a bit, but around here, you never know when the days will get bitterly cold, so enjoy playing in the warm soil once more and give yourself a gift next spring.
I would not say planting spring bulbs is difficult, rather, it can be tedious and laborious. Most often we dig separate holes for each bulb and this is a lot of time on our aching knees.
Here are my tips- it’s nothing earth shattering I will admit, but hopefully it will encourage you to get out in the garden at least one more time this fall.
- Be kind to your knees and use a kneeling pad.
- Get the right tool for the job. I love using a soil knife. It’s sharp blade makes digging in the soil and roots a breeze and the knife is marked in inches so you didn’t need to guess if the planting space is deep enough.
- Wear a hat. One way to take the fun out of gardening is to burn the back of your neck. Keep cool, protect your skin and stay impossibly young looking just by wearing a wide brimmed hat.
- Record, record, record!! Take out your journal or photo records and see where bulbs are already installed and where new ones would enhance the garden and then record it.
- Plant naturalizing bulbs: If you were going for the wild, woodland look, then pick plants that do most of the work for you by naturalizing. It’s a great investment- a few bulbs planted by you yields marked increase in new spring flowering plants each year.
- Invest in quality. The bags of bulbs at the big box store may look enticing and it’s such an easy impulse buy, but are they large, healthy bulbs? Sometimes, and sometimes not. We have healthy, vigorous bulbs for sale at the Civic Garden Center. Stop in, say hi, and support the garden center at the same time.