Dig, Drop, Done
You've probably noticed spring flowering bulbs like daffodils and crocus have started blooming. Bulbs are planted a season before they bloom. To have spring blooming bulbs plant them in the fall. And, now is the perfect time to plant your summer blooming bulbs like Dahlias, Gladiolus, Lilies and Caladiums. With all the recent rain, the ground will be soft for planting.
Planting bulbs is easy too - just remember Dig, Drop, Done.
Dig - Dig a hole that is three times as deep as the bulb is long. A bulb planter is a great tool that makes this easy. There are short planters and there are bulb planters with long handles that you step on like a shovel which really helps if you're planting a lot of bulbs.
Drop - Drop bulbs with their pointy side up. You can plant three bulbs together for a mass look. Be sure you cover the bulb with Pike Planting Mix. Then water them in well.
Done - Finally use a plant marker to mark where you've planted the bulbs - especially if you're going to be playing in the dirt more.
Plant vegetable bulbs and tubers now. It's so much fun picking out which veggies to grow in your summer garden and looking over our selection of veggies just might make you start drooling. We have red, purple, yellow and white potatoes and multiple varieties of onions, rhubarb, horseradish, and green and purple asparagus.
Fun Veggie tip: Plant vegetable bulbs under veggie plants. You can still plant cool weather vegetable plants like lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and collards - try planting vegetable bulbs like onion, potatoes, asparagus or even horseradish under your veggies - It's like planting a salad!
Want more information about gardening in February read February Lawn and Garden Tips.