I love tulips. They are my hands down favorite flower. When Brian and I honeymooned in Holland, I packed away a large variety of tulip bulbs to bring back with me. We said goodbye to them in Illinois, but don't worry. Both sets of parents have our honeymoon bulbs blooming in their yards every Spring, too. But our current house had one lonely tulip that bloomed last spring, so I had to remedy that! I have a quick tutorial on how to cut your planting time in half. Of course it involves a power tool.
You'll need a hand drill with 1 1/2 inch drill bit. You'll also need bulbs of your choice, and either bulb food or bone meal. If you don't have a hand drill, you could use this old standby, but it will take a lot longer.
The standard for planting bulbs is to dig a 4 to 6 inch hole. So get to drilling! I taped my drill at 4 inches so that I knew where to stop, but it's not necessary, really.
Drill your holes, spacing them about 4 inches apart. I worked with 3 to 4 holes at a time. Sprinkle in a tablespoon of bulb food.
Cover the food with a thin layer of dirt, and stick in that bulb!
Fill the hole back in, tamp down, and you are finished! I planted 50 bulbs yesterday in less than an hour. Special thanks to Brian, who always shares his power tools with me. And while I was planting? My visiting mother in law raked leaf piles for the littles to jump into.
Those leaf piles occupied them for the rest of the day. Hooray for Grandmas!
Are you planting bulbs? What are your favorite spring bulbs?