Planting Spring Bulbs

It’s been a bit of a slow week in the garden this week, as I have had a bit of work on and a couple of health issues. I still haven’t sprayed the grass yet! I intend to get the lawn mowed this weekend and then spray next week so I can get things going. I have collected and have been gifted a bunch of newspapers and cardboard so at least that is sorted!

Having a toddler and doing gardening don’t always go hand in hand! But on friday we went outside and he swept up dirt while I cleared out a bunch of old, large pots I had out the back and got them ready for spring bulbs.

I have wanted to grow some bulbs in containers for ages, but last year I just didn’t get around to it. This year however, it was my mission! I bought some Ranunculus and some Anemones to keep things simple. I love both of these spring flowers, especially the ranunculus and plan on harvesting flowers to fill the house. My mother in law loves Anemones so I’ll definitely be giving her a big bunch… well lets not get ahead of ourselves! Fingers crossed they actually grow!

Today I soaked the ranunculus corms and anemone bulbs/corms? in room temperature water for 4.5 hours. By the time they had finished, they had doubled in size! I filled up my containers with Tui Bulb mix with a layer of Tui Bulb food that I dug in and watered them well. I managed to place around 7 corms in each container, and 10 in each of the extra big containers. My son helped me water them, and now it’s time to wait and see what happens!

 

Some bulb growing guides:

Palmers Bulb Planting Guide – with a range of different instructions for bulb planting. I didn’t chill my bulbs, but I did soak them.

Floret Farm’s guides to planting Ranunculus and Anemones

Mitre 10’s Bulb Growing PDF and video.

So hoping that I can get more done in the coming week and really sort that lawn out! haha…

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