It is that time of year to clean up our gardens for the upcoming winter. Now is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs. First make sure you choose a spot with at least 6 hours of sunlight. Bulbs like soil that is rich in organic matter or compost, and well drained soil. Plant a bulb three times as deep as the bulb is tall, make sure the pointy end is facing upwards. For bulbs that bloom in the spring , plant in the fall. For bulbs that bloom early summer or later, plant them in the spring.
Wait until you start to see the first shoots of spring, this tells you that the roots are growing and ready for nutrients. Do not fertilize after the bulbs start to flower, this will inhibit bulb growth. Plant daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and other early spring bloomers.
Also the best time to plant fall bulbs is when the soil is below 60 degree F, about 6 weeks before a hard frost is expected. This is usually October and November. Tulips are an exception, you can plant as late in winter as you can get them in the soil.
If you have deer and squirrels you may want to make a cage out of chicken wire to deter them. Have fun and enjoy!