Friday, November 2, 2012

Dig. Drop. Done.


That’s the new marketing slogan for the Netherland Bulb Company.  They sell bulbs, lots of them.  From the sound of the campaign, everyone still doesn’t realize how easy gardening with bulbs can be.  There are a few things to keep in mind.

Wildwood Farm ordered several hundred bulbs from several different companies.  We also bought steamed bone meal from LeBallister’s Seeds, a local company that specializes in wildflower mixes and fertilizers.  With LeBallister’s, we get 50lbs of powdered bone meal for $36 and that’s it – none of the other fillers that come in the ‘bulb food’ packages.   Most bulbs like a spoonful of bone meal [bulbs absorb powder faster than granular] when they’re planted to get going for spring.

The fun part of planting bulbs is the design.  It takes a bit of imagination to picture what they will look like in bloom!  Planting in lines simplify things. 

They also look great naturalized – planted in random groupings.  Creating drifts of bulbs, whether it’s with color, variety, height, or bloom progression is the opposite of the formal look. 

There are 425 Narcissus Dutch Master, Scarlet O’Hara, and Tahiti going into a bank on our highway frontage.  The goal is to intersperse the orange ones [Tahiti, Scarlet O’Hara] into larger sections of pure yellow [Dutch Master].  

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