A well-known adage is “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”; gardening does require patience and hope while you wait for the moment your hard work and plans come to fruition. Now that fall has arrived, it’s time to plan, plant and wait for your spring garden.
September is the perfect time to begin getting ready for early spring flowers. Hardy bulbs (or spring bulbs) like tulips, and crocus, and allium should all be planted in fall before the ground freezes. Planting this early ensures that they have time to root and develop in time for spring.
Here are some tips to get started this fall:
- Remember to read the labels! Always ensure that you read the labels for the proper depth you need to plant your bulbs. A general rule of thumb is to plant big bulbs about 8″ deep and small bulbs about 5″ deep, or another way to gage your depth is to plant the bulb 2 to 3 times as deep as the bulb is tall.
- Plant the bulbs with the pointy-end up and with the roots down.
- Cover the bulb with soil and a light layer of mulch, and water the newly planted bulbs well to help them get settled.
- Unfortunately, bulbs are a favorite snack of backyard creatures like squirrels and chipmunks. A way to protect your newly planted bulbs is to plant them in bulb baskets, wire cages or to stake down wire mesh over the beds.
Have more questions? Find the closest independent garden center near you to speak to a local expert!