This summer, I just adored the new perennial garden that I planted along the southern side of my home. The phlox and some of the lilies are still blooming, but the sunflowers are long gone. That’s why today when the kids come home, I plan to enlist their help in planting some spring bulbs. Now is the perfect time to plant spring bulbs like daffodils and tulips, which bloom in the spring.
Since it’s necessary to plant spring bulbs in the fall before the soil freezes, I plan to get an early start by doing my planting today. I usually wait until October to plant my bulbs, but I’ve read that planting spring bulbs earlier in the fall helps bulbs’ roots to develop before the cold weather sets in.
Prep a Spring Garden
To prepare my flower garden for the spring bulbs, I plan to pick up some peat moss or garden soil to amend the dirt in my garden bed for the bulbs. Before my daughters get home, I will dig about an 8-inch-deep trench in my garden to accommodate the bulbs and will add in some peat moss or garden dirt. That way, all my kids will have to do is plant the bulbs and cover them with some dirt and mulch. Planting the bulbs will be a great lesson for my kids, as they have never planted bulbs before! I will make sure to show them how to plant the bulbs with the pointed side up, so the bulbs get a good start!
Tips for Planting Bulbs
To prepare for planting today, I gathered some tips on how to plant spring bulbs. I thought I’d share them in case you would like to do some planting for spring, too!
- Plant spring bulbs early in the fall before the soil freezes.
- Amend your soil with garden soil or peat moss before planting the bulbs to provide nutrition to the bulbs.
- Plant your bulbs in a hole that is 2 times as deep as the height of the bulb.
- Follow the spacing recommendations for how much space you should have between each bulb. (The recommendations should be on the bag of the particular type of bulb you purchased.)
- Cover the bulbs with dirt.
- Water your bulbs well.
- Cover the bulbs with at least 3 inches of mulch to keep the bulbs warm during the winter months.
The bulbs we will be planting today are yellow daffodils and red tulips. I’ve learned in the past that bulbs look great when groups of the same type of bulbs are massed together. So today, I will encourage my daughters to plant each type of bulb in big groups, so we will get large impressive bursts of color in the garden next spring when the bulbs bloom.
My daughters will be so excited when the flowers that they planted bloom next year!