Garden Guides on Bulbs

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Fall planted bulbs for Spring Beauty

Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths,
Crocuses … the bulbs of spring … are plants in miniature,
having within them the flowers, leaves, etc.. waiting
only for warmth and moisture to start rapid growth toward
a complete blooming plant.

WHERE TO PLANT BULBS: Bulbous flowers
can be used in. many places in the garden-on the lawn,
at its edges, in various borders, in annual and perennial
beds and border the rockery in window boxes, and in
formal gardens and plots. If you have a woodsy garden
or garden corner, bulbs planted naturalistically will
make it charming.

Bulbs are easy to grow, too, delighting
both in the sun and partial shade, and asking for only
a very little attention. If you have a garden, you might
set aside a plot for a cutting garden of bulbs alone,
or include them among annuals, perennials, and biennials
you are growing apart for cut flowers.

SOIL PREPARATION: Most of these
plants grow well in a sandy loam. Heavy clay soils should
be loosened by adding sand and humus materials. Bulb
beds should be spaded deep-some 12 to 18 inches. Heavy
clay soils should be loosened by working sand and humus
material into the soil. If the soil is of a wet nature,
place small rocks, broken pots, or gravel in a layer
some 10 to 18 inches deep. Extremely sandy soils will
benefit from the addition of humus material. When spading
up the bed, it is wise to mix in complete plant food
with the soil. Here is a chance to get plant food deep
in the soil and thoroughly mixed to increase the general
fertility level. Use 1 pound of Fertilizer per 25 square
feet of bed.

HOW TO PLANT BULBS: Follow directions
that is provided when you purchase you bulbs. Understand
depth and distances apart requirements. These are general
rules and in certain plantings and specific soil they
may need to be varied. If the soil is very sandy, bulbs
should be planted deeper. Choice bulbs should be set
on a layer of sand 1 to 2 inches deep. Always place
1 teaspoonful of Fertilizer 3 or 4 inches under each
bulb with soil or sand between the bulb and the plant
food soil mixture. Be sure bulb-rests firmly in the
soil, without an air space under the bulb.

CARE OF BULBS: After blooming you
have a choice of taking them up and storing or leaving
them in the ground or dividing them. Don’t dig, cut
back, or divide until the tops are brown. Give the plant
time to grow and mature the bulbs that will produce
good bloom next year. Bulbs left in the soil should
be fed in the early spring. Scratch and water Fertilizer
into the soil at the rate of I pound per 25 square feet
of bed (or feet of row). For individual plantings use
1 tablespoonful per plant.


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