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Time to plant spring bulbs

Updated Friday, October 25, 2013
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 I love the sight of spots of colour shooting up through the snow in the early spring. The bright colours signal the end of winter and the beginning of warmer weather.


The beauty of spring bulbs isn't just in the flowers that bloom. They're also one of the easiest kinds of garden that you can grow. Dig a hole, sprinkle in some fertilizer, put them in the ground now, add water, and pretty much forget about them. They'll start establishing roots in fall's cool, moist soil, and then lie dormant over the winter until spring's warmer temperatures and frequent rains prompt them to sprout. 

Crocus, daffodils, and hyacinth are favorites for spring color, with dozens of varieties that will come back year after year .These types of bulbs will even multiply and spread as time goes by. 

Bulbs should be planted as soon as the ground is cool, right around the time of the first frost but at least 6 weeks before the ground freezes.

You can plant bulbs anywhere in your garden but try to avoid areas with standing water, bulbs don’t like to be in too wet. They do like sun so choose a sunny area to plant them. Dig the soil so that it is loose, add some mulch or peat moss to the soil, plant the bulb pointy end up and just leave them alone. 

Take the time now to plant some bulbs and you can enjoy the sight of flowers peeking through the snow in the early spring.


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