How To Plant Spring Bulbs
It’s difficult for me to describe in an article with pictures and instructions as boring as the ones here today just how much pleasure there is to be had when the bulbs planted in the Autumn finally peek through the soil in the Spring. First comes the peeking and then a full on display of magnificence that can only leave you standing there in awe of nature and very pleased indeed that you put the effort in around now.
Without further ado I shall get on with boring bit and VERY much look forward to seeing your own displays in 2010 and I promise to back with a more beautiful picture later (if not AS informative)
This is a handheld bulb planter. It saves you from digging huge amounts of small holes for the bulbs to go into and even comes with a handy ruler along the side which helps when planting to a particular depth.
You work the bulb planter in to the soil, easing it down by twisting it in to the soil. I was planting tulip bulbs this morning and needed to go to a depth of 10 cm which was duly labelled on the side of my silver contraption.
When I had pushed and twisted the planter to the required depth I pulled it out from the soil. You’ll notice at this stage that the inside of the planter is full of the soil it has just dug through.
I took a bulb and made sure it was the right way up. This picture shows a bulb the right way up.
I placed my bulb in the hole created by the planter…
..and released the earth that the planter was holding back in to the hole. Essentially filling the hole I had just made and covering the tulip bulb with the correct amount of soil for maximum growth and health.
I patted it down gently.
Something else this bulb planter is good for is spacing the bulbs out as you plant them. I need to plant my tulip bulbs 10cm apart so I use my bulb planter and the ruler along the side to do just that. Multifunctional and a bargain at only a few quid from the garden centre.
This is a longer version of the handheld planter and is great for working along flower beds.
They are used in much the same way but with the help of one’s foot and not as much bending.
So, there we have it. A functional post but one I think is important for those of you just starting out on a gardening journey, WELCOME!! Now you have some knowledge go forth and conquer your Autumn garden.
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