My garden is very crowded, and so I am always wondering where I can plant more spring bulbs without cutting into the existing ones.
One solution is to dig up the entire plant, with root ball, of each of the current year’s annuals. After rain or a good watering, you can pull on them easily, and the hole that is left can then be filled with new bulbs.
If I have big bulbs like those of large daffodils and allium, I will plant them the deepest and place them in a circle. Then I add some soil on top of them and place the smaller bulbs like crocus in a layer closer to the soil surface. Then add more soil to fill the hole completely. Throw some granular or powdered fertilizer into the hole before you plant to give the bulbs some easily accessible food.
Vary your daffodil bulbs so that you have some that bloom early and some that bloom in mid and late spring, for a continuous display. For example, the dwarf tete a tete are very early bloomers, especially early if planted on the south side of a garden, while the perfumed daffodils, with clustered and double flowers on the same stems, come later, and the last to bloom in my garden are the pheasant-eye daffodils.
Never plant tulips if you have a deer problem, as it is a waste of money. Since daffodils are poisonous, thankfully, Bambi lets us enjoy them.
This is Moya Andrews, and today we focused on planting bulbs.