Fall is the Time to Plant Spring Bulbs

The gardening season is winding down but there are still chores to be done. flower beds need to be cut back and it's the time to plan my spring bulbs!
You should plant your bulbs as soon as you purchase them. Take advantage of those beautiful sunny days to plant your bulbs. The rule of thumb for planting bulbs outdoors is to set them two and a half times deeper than their diameter. For my daffodil bulbs this meant 5-6″ deep.
If you want a naturalizing look to your planting, take a few bulbs in your hand, toss them gently on the ground, then plant them where they have fallen.
Dig a hole in the dirt with a trowel for each individual bulb. Special bulb-planting tools are available at garden centers; they make it easy to dig neat, circular holes. Place the bulb in the hole and cover with dirt. In the spring before growth or flowering begins spread a complete fertilizer over your flowerbeds. The spring rains will carry the fertilizer down into the soil.
Planting bulbs requires patience because you have to wait almost six months before you can enjoy the flowers!

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