When trying to plan the various colors you want in your garden don't forget bulbs. There are numerous flowers that come in the form of bulbs. These can normally be worked into your existing garden bed...
When trying to plan the various colors you want in your garden don't forget bulbs. There are numerous flowers that come in the form of bulbs.
These can normally be worked into your existing garden beds with the right planning.
Many of the bulbs get planted in the fall for spring blooming.
The first thing you need to know about using bulbs in your garden is how to prepare your soil.
The depth the bulb is planted at depends on what kind of flower it is.
Some are planted deep while others are planted a bit shallower.
So to prepare to plant them till the soil down to a depth of at least 12 inches.
This allows enough room for even the deepest-planted bulbs to grow well.
The bulbs are planted usually 4, 6, or 8 inches.
So tilling down 12 inches gives the roots of the bulbs plenty room to stretch out.
After tilling the soil you can also add whatever amendments your soil needs to be rich enough.
This is where your compost pile comes in handy along with various other nutrients that may need to be added.
You can even take your soil to your local extension service to be tested.
This is the most accurate way of knowing what your soil lacks.
Once your soil is prepared it is time to choose which bulbs you want to plant.
Remember you are doing this in the fall so you want to give yourself plenty of time before the first freeze.
Usually the first part of October is ideal for planting bulbs.
Make sure when choosing your bulbs that they are healthy.
Each bulb has its recommended depth to be planted at.
For example, tulips are planted at 8 inches, daffodils are planted at 6 inches and then the crocus is planted at only 4 inches.
So read up so you know which depth you bulb needs to be planted at. The usual space between bulbs is around 4, 5, or 6 inches again this depends on which bulb you have.
The only care for bulbs after they have been planted comes when they bloom.
Then as with other flowers you need to take off the dead blooms to allow new ones to be formed.
The leaves should only be cut down after all the blooming is over.
† Bulbs are nice because most divide and multiply by themselves throughout the years.
So make sure your bulbs have enough space to do so. Of course from time to time you may have to dig some of them up to relocate them to give the rest room. This should also be done in the fall after blooming has finished.
If you find that some of your bulbs don't repeat their show the next year, just replant fresh ones and start over. Sometimes tulips are guilty of this and have to be replaced.
Use these tips to plant yourself some bulbs today.
You will find such a wealth of color is available with the flowers that bloom from these.
Whitney Segura is an expert gardener and employee of Our Crazy Deals, a company that manufacturers and distributes greenhouses, garden containers, hydroponics equipment, and composters in the United States of America.