These beautiful fall days are perfect for being outside and I have a great reason to justify spending the day in the yard: it’s time to plant the promise of spring. Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocus need to be planted now before the ground freezes.
While I love to see the color of spring bulbs after the bleakness of winter, digging the holes to plant bulbs is always a chore to me, probably because I tend to put bulbs in places I don’t otherwise dig. Small hand held bulb planters are good for loose soil and smaller bulbs that do not get planted deeply. However, for larger sized, deeply planted bulbs, consider a full sized bulb planter like the Radius Ergonomic Garden Pro Bulb Auger to make digging less of a chore.
A friend of mine also has wonderful results “digging” holes for bulbs using a cordless drill with a bulb auger, which looks like a large drill bit. In fact, she also uses this auger with the drill to make holes for planting other things year round, like tomato plants and annuals. (She’s offered to let me try it, and I just might!)
To get the best display from your spring bulbs fertilize with Espoma Bulb-Tone when planting your bulbs. Bulb-Tone is an organic fertilizer that boosts the growth of roots and blooms. If you have some left over after planting your fall bulbs, it can be applied in the spring to fertilize older, established bulbs too.
The crisp air of autumn is here, but it’s time to plant the signs of spring. (As if we needed an excuse to dig in the dirt this weekend!)