It's Bulb Planting Time!
Just because the weather has begun to turn cooler, it doesn't mean it's time to stop gardening - on the contrary,
it's time to start planning for spring bloom by planting bulbs!
Planting bulbs is the best way to extend the bloom life of your garden.
While most perennials do not start blooming until late April, most bulbs begin blooming in early March, adding almost a whole month and a half of bloom time to your garden!
There are many different types of bulbs available for planting. Things to consider when purchasing bulbs are: bloom time, site location, and drainage.
Bulbs like Crocus and Galanthus (snowdrops) are some of the earliest spring blooming bulbs and will appear in your garden even when there is a little snow on the ground. Daffodil bulbs will start to bloom in mid to late March and will continue to bloom until the end of May depending on the variety. Daffodil and Tulip bulbs bloom time may be listed as early, mid or late spring on the package. Purchasing and planting bulbs from each of the bloom times will give you the longest show of color in your garden.
Bulbs should be planted in a sunny, well-drained location. Don't overlook a spot that seems shady in the fall. Remember that deciduous trees (trees that have leaves and not needles) will drop their leaves in the fall and not leaf out again until late spring allowing enough sun for bulbs to grow and bloom.
Bulbs should be planted pointy side up- You might be able to see roots on the bottom side of the bulb. If you really can't tell which end is up, don't worry about it, the bulb will figure it out on its own.
Bulbs should be planted at a depth of 2 to 3 times their diameter. For Daffodils that's about 6-8 inches below the soil. Smaller bulbs like Crocus should be planted to a depth of approximately 3-4 inches.
At planting, mixing some Espoma Bulb-Tone in the soil will help to encourage root growth. You can also use Superphosphate or bone meal but be aware!
If you have a dog do not use bone meal as most dogs will smell the bone meal and dig up your newly planted bulbs.
Water your bulbs after planting to settle the loose dirt around the bulb and then sit back, relax, and have some hot cocoa while you are waiting for spring.