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Day Three - Planting the Bulbs!

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by , 05-12-2009 at 11:54 AM (2566 Views)
The rain was looming overhead. I knew it was going to rain today but I figured it would have already started. I took the chance and decided to get out this morning and plant before it started to rain.

First, I decided to start my tomato seeds inside. I know I should have started them a month ago, but with the weather being weird and it seeming like Spring was a month behind, I thought today would be great to do it. Those are sitting in my windowsill as we speak, watered ever so slightly and sitting on top of a piece of cardboard with some tin foil wrapped around the board.

Second, I went out and measured a space about 6-8 inches from the foundation in the front garden. I dug a trench about four inches deep all the way from one end to the other, except for where we're putting the tomato plants and the rain barrel. I put the Gladiolus bulbs 6 inches apart from each other, keeping the spacing from the wall at about 6-8 inches. I fit 16 Gladiolus bulbs in the back row, then covered each bulb with some Miracle Gro potting mix that had fertilizer in it. I watered the potting mix and covered the rest of the spot with the dirt from the garden. I figured it would give the bulbs a nice healthy start in their lives if I enriched the soil around them with the potting mix.

Next, I dug another row about 4-6 inches from the Gladiolus row and made sure the trench was 3-4 inches deep. I then measured two feet from each side of the garden because I only had 12 Freesias and I wanted them centered. Basically, I had two feet of free space from the right side of the tomato plot, then the 12 bulbs, then two more feet to the left side of the other tomato plot. I put the Freesias about 10cm apart (about 4 inches) and covered those with the potting mix as well. I then watered the potting mix and put the last layer of dirt overtop of that.

Here's some pictures of what I got done:

The rain was looming overhead. I knew it was going to rain today but I figured it would have already started. I took the chance and decided to get out this morning and plant before it started to rain.

First, I decided to start my tomato seeds inside. I know I should have started them a month ago, but with the weather being weird and it seeming like Spring was a month behind, I thought today would be great to do it. Those are sitting in my windowsill as we speak, watered ever so slightly and sitting on top of a piece of cardboard with some tin foil wrapped around the board.

Second, I went out and measured a space about 6-8 inches from the foundation in the front garden. I dug a trench about four inches deep all the way from one end to the other, except for where we're putting the tomato plants and the rain barrel. I put the Gladiolus bulbs 6 inches apart from each other, keeping the spacing from the wall at about 6-8 inches. I fit 16 Gladiolus bulbs in the back row, then covered each bulb with some Miracle Gro potting mix that had fertilizer in it. I watered the potting mix and covered the rest of the spot with the dirt from the garden. I figured it would give the bulbs a nice healthy start in their lives if I enriched the soil around them with the potting mix.

Next, I dug another row about 4-6 inches from the Gladiolus row and made sure the trench was 3-4 inches deep. I then measured two feet from each side of the garden because I only had 12 Freesias and I wanted them centered. Basically, I had two feet of free space from the right side of the tomato plot, then the 12 bulbs, then two more feet to the left side of the other tomato plot. I put the Freesias about 10cm apart (about 4 inches) and covered those with the potting mix as well. I then watered the potting mix and put the last layer of dirt overtop of that.

Here's some pictures of what I got done:

http://yfrog.com/6cdsc00936rjx

All in all, I am very happy with what I have in so far. The Freesias will grow to about 45cm (which is 18 inches tall) and the Gladiolus will grow to 90cm tall, which is why I have them in the back. I figured that if I staggered a plant three feet tall, then another plant that's 18 inches tall, I can then put more flowers in that are about 12-18 inches tall when fully grown. I wanted a nice and lavish flower garden in the front that wouldn't make me go broke. I figured I got that so far. I still have four Gladiolus bulbs left over, so I may save them for next year.

All in all, I am very happy with what I have in so far. The Freesias will grow to about 45cm (which is 18 inches tall) and the Gladiolus will grow to 90cm tall, which is why I have them in the back. I figured that if I staggered a plant three feet tall, then another plant that's 18 inches tall, I can then put more flowers in that are about 12-18 inches tall when fully grown. I wanted a nice and lavish flower garden in the front that wouldn't make me go broke. I figured I got that so far. I still have four Gladiolus bulbs left over, so I may save them for next year.

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  1. Debbie-cat's Avatar
    Looks great! It will be nice when you can harvest!
  2. IndigoMom's Avatar
    From your description and the photos - I really think it's going to be absolutly beautiful!