Unfamiliar with planting bulbs? Follow these step by step instructions to have spring blooming success.
Start by filling containers with a high-quality potting mix. Avoid using garden soil because of its density. Potting mix is specially formulated to be light and airy while retaining moisture, and providing a good structure for root growth.
Plant bulbs at the same depth in the potting soil as they go in the ground. This is about 6-7” down for larger bulbs such as tulips and daffodils; 4-5” deep for smaller bulbs such as crocus or grape hyacinth.
Water the potting mix well, making sure to thoroughly wet the entire container.
Spread 2-3” of mulch across the top of the soil surface to help retain moisture and insulate the bulbs.
Move containers to a spot where they are exposed to freezing or really cold temperatures: a patio or deck, or an unheated garage works well.
TIP: To make heavy containers easier to move to the desired location (i.e. in and out of a garden or shed in the coldest part of winter) put them on rolling plant caddies.
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The arrival of autumn and the corresponding end to the summer growing season doesn’t mean that gardeners have to hang up their tools for the winter. Planting bulbs in containers for early spring flowers is a great way to extend the gardening season into fall/winter while getting a jump start on garden color in the spring!
If you’re thinking that something that involves easy care and a sleek look sounds like your type of kitchen upgrade, think about all the ways you could use these shelves around your kitchen. It’s unusual to have empty shelves. It’s not unusual to have unused space that could support some floating shelves.