Summer’s Winding Down, But it’s Time to Prepare for Next YearSeptember 18, 2013
Now’s the perfect time to plant bulbs for next year. Tulips (in all their varieties), Hyacinth, Daffodils and Iris’ are all popular species to plant this fall. And in much of the country we’re just entering the window for perfect planting.
Expert opinion varies, but most suggest you try to plant your bulbs anywhere from 2-6 weeks before the first frost. Look for evening temperatures of high 40’s to high 50’s.
Planting bulbs can be a fun family activity. It allows for creativity and surprise. Most bulbs can be purchased by color, but some offer a random variety, which is fun because you don’t know what to expect. Regardless, the burst of color is always welcome in the springtime.
So, where to plant? According to American Meadows, “Plant bulbs just about anywhere…so long as the soil drains.” Loosen the soil before planting and consider some fertilizer (be it organic or manufactured). Follow the instructions on the label as to planting depth and spacing, but most bulbs can be placed within a few fingers width of each other. Bigger bulbs should be planted deeper.
So now that you know how to plant them, the fun part is creating the look. The internet is full of ideas. Some prefer organized rows and designs while others go for a sporadic color pallet. Whatever you do, bulbs bring welcome color after a dreary winter and are usually the first thing to bloom in the garden.
Oh, and if you want some color over the winter, all these varieties of bulbs can be grown indoors.