Bulb Season

This time of year is perfect to get some bulbs prepped and ready for spring flowering. Make sure you get them in before the ground hardens and the frosts set in!

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I found a cheeky offer in the newspaper (worth checking out – anything from The Daily Mail to The Independent) for 150 bulbs for just a fiver. Bargain. They arrived via post and I got to work planting them up with the help of my friend Lewis.

Why not try yourself? You don’t need to plant them in the ground directly if you don’t want to/have the space. Pots or large containers are ideal too. I’ve done both, a raised bed and some pots.

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Make sure the pots keep from being water-logged. Try placing a brick under the pots so they are off the floor which will help drainage.

Step 1 – Prep the space. My raised bed not only had tons of concrete in (seriously, what were these people thinking!), but had loads of stones and mess from the tree above it.

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Step 2 – Read the cultural care instructions. For example, how tall are they going to ultimately grow might determine where you plant them. How far apart and how deep do they need to be planted?

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Step 3 – Get stuck in. Get some good quality compost and bury them tightly in the soil. Cover over with a layer of compost.

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I’ve planted 2 varieties of Alliums, Anemone and Oxalis. I’ll post how they get on in spring!

What bulbs are you folks planting? Let me know how you get on, and any tips are more than welcome!

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