Welcome to Growing Wisdom, you know in the fall one of my favorite things to do is plant bulbs. Look around at your garden and think to yourself what plants come up late. What is going to be a blank area early in the spring? That is where you want to put your bulbs, also, think about where you get a lot of sun early in the spring, choose a bulb that is appropriate for your area. I have a lot of deer in my area and I do not want to plant bulbs that the deer are going to eat. So, I choose things like Muscari, I choose things like Daffodils. The deer do not like them.
All right, so I have got 25 Narcissus here, and these are going to come up yellow. And when you are selecting bulbs when you go to the store, one of the things you want to do is be sure that the bulbs are nice and firm, you do not see any mold that would be like a blue or green fuzzy stuff on the bulbs. Where is the top and where bottom is? Well, the furry stuff that you see here is actually the roots. This wants to go down to the bottom. So that is the bottom of it, here is the top.
Some bulbs are tough to tell and the nice thing about bulbs, if you were to plant them upside down, they would end up riding themselves under the ground. It would take a little while but it is okay, now these bulbs are supposed to be put about six inches down under the ground. You measure from the bottom of the bulb, one of the mistakes that people make is they plant this too deep. I am going to plant six bulbs in this particular area. You could plant 60 bulbs and use the same method.
What I like to do is clear out the entire area for where all 6 bulbs will go, or 16, or 60 bulbs and then plant them and then cover them. That way I can see the layout and make it look nice and random. We clear out the area where we are going to have 6 bulbs and we get it down to a depth of 6 inches. Then I will take my 6 bulbs and I am going to plant them in random fashion, and I packed them barely close together. These are little bit closer together than it calls for on the directions but it is okay
The next thing I will do is I will sprinkle a little bit of food around the bulbs according to the directions. It is a little less than a teaspoon per bulb, when I am done. I am just going to cover these up.If you get a few leaves mixed in it is okay, they will break down over the course of them winter. I will pack these down and my final step is actually going to be to carefully water this.
Do not worry if sometime in January and February. You get a warm spell and they pot to the ground, they will be fine. The bulbs will bloom just great, what a great thing to do in the fall to enjoy many flowers this spring.
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