How to Plant Bulbs Outdoors

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    • 1). Spread 1 to 2 inches of compost over the planting bed. Mix the compost into the top 12 to 18 inches of soil.

    • 2). Dig the planting holes to a depth three times the width of the bulbs. If you are planting a large bed, remove the soil from the bed to the required depth, placing it in a wheelbarrow or on a tarp outside the bed.

    • 3). Apply a bulb fertilizer to the bottom of the planting hole, or over the entire bed if you removed the soil. Apply 5 tbsp. of fertilizer and 2 cups of bone meal to every 10 square feet of planting area.

    • 4). Cover the fertilizer with 1/2 inch of soil. Either sprinkle the soil into the hole or reapply a 1/2-inch layer of the removed soil to the entire bed.

    • 5). Plant the bulbs in the holes or set them on top the soil if you used the soil-removal method. Space large bulbs 4 to 6 inches apart and small bulbs 2 to 3 inches apart. Set the bulbs so the pointed end faces up.

    • 6). Replace the soil in the planting holes or over the entire bed. Water thoroughly, moistening the top 8 to 10 inches of soil.

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