Fall Bulb Planting

Fall Bulb Planting

Planting flower bulbs and garlic is fast and easy.

Bulbs should be planted as soon as the ground is cool. In most parts of the country, this would be around the time of the first frosts, when evening temperatures average between 40° to 50° F. But you should plant at least six weeks before the ground freezes. You can, if necessary, store bulbs for a month or longer, if you keep them in a cool dry place. When in doubt, however, the bulbs belong in the ground. They won’t last until next season.

Read the label. Try to keep the label together with the bulbs until planting. Without the label, you can’t tell the red tulips from the white ones just by looking at the bulbs.

Where to plant. You can plant bulbs just about anywhere in your garden — so long as the soil drains well. Avoid areas where water collects, such as the bottom of hills. Bulbs also like sun.

Prepare the planting bed by digging the soil so it’s loose and workable. If it’s not an established garden bed, chances are the soil could use the addition of some organic matter such as compost or peat moss.

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