How to Plant a Bulb Garden

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Planting a bulb garden is something that you would do with a product called a bulb planter. Plant a bulb garden with help from an experienced garden and environmental professional in this free video clip.

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This is Mindy McIntosh- Shetter. And I'm going to show you how to plant a bulb garden. And the first step of this process, is you need to make sure that you clear away any grass area in preparation for your garden space. Now, if you're going to plant a lot of bulbs, I have a gardening tip for you. Instead of using the traditional hand manual type of bulb planter, that you push them in the ground and you lift up. You can use a bulb auger or a plant auger, as this is called. And you can also put a piece of tape on the depth that you need to go as far as planting your bulbs. Because each type of bulb has to be planted at a certain depth. And you can get that information on your bulb package. Now, once you have your area selected that you want to plant. You're going to need to remove any mulch. And in this garden bed, this has already been prepared for the winter. So, we're going to move the mulch away from the area that I want to plant. And once you get it down to the ground, you can use your bulb auger to dig the hole. Now, if you have landscape cloth underneath here, you can just go right straight through that landscape cloth. And that will give an opening by which your bulb can germinate. So, I'm just going to take the bulb auger and I'm going to do my hole to the depth that I need and I'm going to lift up. Once I have that done, I'm going to plant my bulb, making sure I have the bottom on the bottom and the top on the top. The top is always the pointed end. I'm going to place it in the hole. Now, here's another gardening tip. To encourage additional blooms, make sure that you add a little bone meal to each hole. The bone meal will provide the nutrients that this bulb needs for bloom development., Once I have placed the bone meal in the hole, I'm going to cover up, gently tap down. Now there's no need to water because these particular bulbs are going to be planted in the fall. If you're planting spring bulbs, you might consider going ahead and watering at that time.


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