Bulb Planting is as Easy as…Dig. Drop. Done!

shutterstock_78393310 reducedThis catchy phrase was coined to promote the joy of bulb gardening and it really is just that simple.  In this climate, planting is best done between Halloween and Christmas. Spring-flowering bulbs are hardy and survive the cold winter months underground after being planted in the fall. This period of cold is necessary to activate the biochemical process needed for flowering.  You may add a little extra fertilizer when you plant but everything the bulb needs is actually already right inside these tiny little flower factories!  These simple steps are all you need for proper bulb planting:

IMG_2156 reduced1.  Prepare your area by breaking up the surrounding soil; this helps to ensure proper drainage.

2.  Dig your hole.  Plant bulbs as deep as roughly 3x the width of the bulb or follow your package directions.  Plant in clusters for maximum impact.

3.  Plop bulbs down into the hole, point facing up, and cover with loose soil.

4.  Give them a little water and you’re done!

Tip: Don’t plant bulbs at the base of a hill or near a downspout; too much moisture could cause them to rot.

Bulbs can be the victim of several garden pests but there are several ways to keep those pests away!  Learn more about keeping pests away from your bulbs in this article.

Bulbs are an excellent addition to any flower bed and offer the very first blooms of the season, welcoming spring after the long dreary winter.  Bulbs can also be added to pots, planters and other cold weather container gardens.   For more information and inspirational ideas about bulbs visit www.digdropdone.com.

shutterstock_23031313 reduced