This morning James and I took ourselves off to Morrisons bright and early to have a look at their bulb selection.
This year I have decided that rather than buy loads of plants to go in the pots on our patio, we will just buy lots of different types of bulbs instead, as if you bring the pots inside during the winter they can bloom again each summer.
We bought the following selection of bulbs:
Which came to about £15 in total as Morrisons were doing a 2 for £3 offer. We bought dahlias, gladioli, lupins and lots of lillies!
When we got home we set about potting up the bulbs:
The best way to pot bulbs up, I find, is to do the following:
1) Line the bottom of your pot with pebbles and stones, so that the bottom of the pot cannot be seen at all (this helps with drainage).
2)Fill the pot up with either shop bought or home-created compost (I.e from your compost bin!) and if you can, mix this with some of your regular garden soil.
3) Using your fingers or a little thin trowel, dib a hole in the soil to the depth that you need for your bulb (the instructions on the packet should explain this but if not, go for a depth of at least 7 centimetres). Drop the bulb in and cover with soil. You can often fit two or three bulbs in depending on the size of your pot and the spacing that they need (again, this will be on the bulb packet).
4) I am trying a new thing this year, which to cover the top ofpots with a sprinkling of sawdust, just to protect them a little from any unexpected frosts.
In other news… James has started chitting some potatoes. This basically means laying out the seed potatoes on a layer of tissue or newspaper inside a cardboard box or egg box, storing them somewhere with plenty of light (ie a window sill or conservatory) and spraying them with water daily:
So we have had a very productive day today. The beds are now full of bulbs and our pots are too!
The next quest: find an old picnic bench that we can use as garden furniture!!!