Winter in the garden is a time to clear away dead leaves and prepare for the coming spring. Planting bulbs can be carried out during November and December but it’s important that you plant your bulbs deep enough to protect them from frost.
- Preparing the ground
Ground preparation is an important part of gardening; if you use a product from Spalding Bulb you will be sure of an amazing range of colours in the spring. Raking dead leaves and twigs away from any areas where you have planted bulbs will ensure that the bulbs do not rot. Also you will need to plant before the frosts arrive as described on the BBC website.
- Choosing the right bulbs
Your choice of bulb will determine the look of your garden in the spring and the variety of colour as the months progress. If you choose the right bulbs and plant them so that they bloom in succession, then you will have a constant flood of colour.
- Getting your bulbs the right way up
Many people think that you can plant a bulb in any position but the fact is they do prefer to be placed the right way up, if you are unsure what end of the bulb is the stem end then plant them on their side.
- Using good quality soil
When you’re planting your bulbs you’ll need to use the appropriate compost to pack around them, if you pack them down firmly then you can be sure that they won’t rot. Good soil is a necessity for the coming months and will save you having to feed your plants once they have started to grow.
- Protecting your plants
An article in the Telegraph shows the problems that can be caused by rodents, including the lovely squirrel, loved by some but hated by many. They can cause a vast amount of damage to bulbs and seeds, so covering the area with chicken wire will help keep them safe.
- Planting in pots
If you only have a small garden or balcony you could always invest in some plant pots and prepare them in the winter months ready for spring. It’s quite simple to go to your local garden supply centre and obtain the right compost, pots and bulbs.
- Planting in the lawn
You may have the perfect lawn but don’t have enough room for borders, so why not try planting some of your favourite bulbs in clumps or lines across your grass. It will not only add some colour but will also save you having to mow so much grass.
- Layering bulbs
Planting bulbs in layers is an excellent way of making the most of a small patch of ground and having constant colour for the spring and summer months.
- Marking your plants
There isn’t much point planting bulbs and then forgetting where you’ve put them, so by just pushing some doweling sticks into the ground with a plastic label on will solve the problem.
- Filling in the gaps
Once you’ve planted your bulbs in the ground it’s a good idea to plant some extra bulbs in pots so that when the spring comes you can fill in any gaps.