Maybe your feeling kind of done or like you’ve missed the window to get those bulbs in the ground….
…but guess what? You haven’t!
As long as the ground isn’t frozen you can still plant bulbs.
And in a few short months when spring springs you’ll be glad you did!
I decided to put some daffodils and dutch iris along this little walkway in my herb garden.
I used simple bags of bulbs from a big box store. You can be fancy and order them, or buy organic or whatever you like… or, you can just go buy some up the street like I did.Here’s the key.. Read the label and plant as directed. Be sure to take note of the planting depth and light requirements.
Considering the light requirement is so important, just like it is when you plant everything else!
The correct light, soil type and water, that’s what does it!I like to loosen up the soil well then place my bulbs a few inches apart. Next I dig holes to the depth indicated on the package and gently place the bulb in, pointed side up. In this case the daffodils are planted six inches deep and the iris 2-4 inches. I’ve also seen gardeners layer them with the deeper bulbs sitting under a layer of soil with another layer on top. I was working in and around the herbs so I planted them randomly but if your grouping them together to fill in an open space they’ll look great if you use the layering method.
Does that make sense? I hope so…
You can add a handful of bonemeal as you plant if you have some. I didn’t have any on hand but it helps!Fill back in with soil, and their all set!
I chose to scatter bulbs along the sides of this pathway, in between and around the herbs. Most of the herbs are perennials so they should be part of the arrangement when spring comes.
And now we just wait!
One last quick tip… don’t add manure of any kind to a bed where your planning to plant bulbs in the near future. Some lighter compost will be fine, but manure will burn your bulbs and you’ll never see them again.
Let’s just say that I learned this lesson the hard way ;)
Hope your inspired to grab a bag of bulbs off of the sale rack and spend a few minutes brightening up a corner. Look for a spot near a doorway where you’ll enjoy them often!
Hurry, before the polar vortex sinks down and gets us all!
ps/ Since I wrote this post this week the weather systems have ramped up and the snow is coming, so I’m clicking publish and telling you to hurry! You can do this!