You may be thinking garden cleanup rather than garden planting, but autumn is the best time to get those flower bulbs in the ground. Here’s a few tips to help ensure your gardening success:
Select the best-quality bulb you can find. In this case, you do get what you pay for. A larger bulb provides larger flowers so look for specimens that are plump yet firm with no mould or soft spots. When planning the garden, keep in mind that most bulbs do best in areas with plenty of sun and good soil drainage. And, for a longer display of colour, it’s good to plant early blooming, mid-season and late blooming all in the same bed.
September/October is the perfect planting time as the temperatures have cooled down but there is still enough time for the bulbs to establish themselves before the first hard frost.
It’s important to plant the bulbs deep
enough. A common rule of thumb is two to three times the height of the bulb but always follow package directions to be certain. And, a tad bit deeper is always better than too shallow.
It may sound like a joke, but plant the bulb right side up. Usually, that’s the pointy side. If there is no pointy side, as on crocus or gladioli, plant root-side down.
As with any gardening task, good soil, appropriate watering and weed control are just as important.