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If you’re like me, you’re looking forward to being greeted with a garden full of gorgeous blooms and plants this Summer. And that’s exactly why it’s the perfect time to grab a copy of the The Lifestyle Diva Shoppe’s SUMMER BULB PLANTING PLANNER.
Summer bulbs are little bundles of plant power tenderly planted as soon as the soil in our gardens warm sufficiently. And, depending on your Planting Zone, that can be anytime between March and June. Then the waiting game begins.
You know those beautiful flowering bulbs peeking out of the ground in early spring? You know, like those pretty crocus and hyacinth in your entryway garden? Those aren’t the kind of bulbs we’re talking about today. Fall bulbs are planted from September-January and are happy in their cold environs until the early Spring arrives.
And I personally am grateful for the “pop” of color these beautiful blooms give when they break out of their winter slumber. No, our subject is Summer bulbs that need lots of warm soil and bright Spring sunshine.
Bulbs to be planted in the Spring are generally tender perennials that won’t tolerate the winter. Rather, they’re planted as annuals or they can be replanted in the Spring when the soil warms. Devoted gardeners will dig them up in the late fall to overwinter in storage before replanting the next Spring.
Most Summer bulbs will need to be planted in a well-drained location to prevent rotting and mold. They like loamy or slightly sandy soil because it provides the drainage and nutrients they need.
Even though summer bulbs have food-stores inside, I recommend adding compost or manure to your garden beds. If you want an amazing and abudantly blooming garden, it’s the true secret to success.
The rule-of-thumb for planting bulbs is to dig a whole three times as deep as the bulb’s diameter. That means a three-inch wide bulb needs to be planted about nine inches deep.
If you’re unsure about a specific bulb’s planting instructions, many times the grower’s packaging will give you the information you need.
Check out which Hardiness Zone you live in and find the month best for planting your Spring/Summer Bulbs. Depending on your geographical location, you could be planting any time between Early-March and Mid-June.
I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina at 4,500 feet above-sea-level, so the oldtimer’s rule of thumb up here is no planting before Mother’s Day. Bummer! But, the one thing that we CAN plant a bit earlier is our Summer bulbs.
The best time to lay your Summer bulbs in the ground is as soon as your garden soil warms enough to be tilled and amended. Depending where you live, that will be anytime between Early March and Mid-June here in most of the United States.
Once the soil has warmed to 60°F, that’s the best time to get your summer bulbs in the ground. They’ll be ready to go in the ground at the same time you plant your vegetable garden!
Don’t dilly-dally, especially if you live in a warmer, Southern state, it’s time to start planning!
This particular graphic contains the recommended Summer bulb planting times for the zones contained in the United States.
Above is the Hardiness Map for the entire Northern American continent for our Canadian gardening friends too.
When the proper Spring month arrives, we lovingly dig holes and bury the Summer bulbs in our garden beds. They enjoy the warmth of the soil and sun while putting down roots and manufacturing the food they will use to feed the plants.
Then the visible parts of the plants begin to grow by consuming the bulb’s nutrients. They begin performing photosynthesis with the help of the lengthening sunlight hours. It won’t be long before you’ll see spiky green fronds poking through the soil, a sure sign your garden will shortly be in full bloom!
Flowering bulbs should to be planted in a spot that has plenty of sunlight and good drainage.
A good rule of thumb is that the area should receive at least 6 hours of sunshine per day.
Summer bulbs like a slightly sandy/loamy soil. It should provide plenty of drainage and some additional nutrients that the plants can utilize for optimum growth and flowering. Don’t neglect amending your soil accordingly.
When we moved to this house, I found that the “garden” was really just a few plants with some soil placed around them. The remaining “soil” was almost all clay and rocks.
I attempted to start removing the rocks on my own, but the task proved too daunting. The gentleman and son that I hired ended up with almost a full pickup truck of my stones! Not much was left…
The last two seasons I’ve bought a truckload of soil at the beginning of the growing season to help build up the garden. A few more loads should do it!
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If you’re like me, I pour over gardening and home magazines looking for inspiration before making any holes in the ground.
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Where, how many, and what varieties of Summer bulbs you use will dictate the “vibe” of your finished garden. What kind of feel would you like your Summer Bulb garden to have?
You can scatter bulbs under your trees for a relaxed “meadow” feel. Not much thought necessary. But, if you want a more structured, or formal garden with borders, it will take some planning.
Be aware that some flowering and ornamental bulbs will naturalize in the area that you planted them and will multiply. But, unlike Fall planted bulbs, Summer bulbs will need digging up and storing if you want them back next season. Otherwise, you can grow them as annuals and plan your garden with that in mind.
So, how are you going to plan your Summer Bulb Garden this year? Would you like a little helping hand from your friend, The Lifestyle Diva? I’ve got you covered!
Let me introduce The Lifestyle Diva Shoppe’s SUMMER BULB PLANTING PLANNER and show you exactly how to use it most effectively.
Start Creating Your Dream Summer Garden today!
Don’t let the thought of planning your garden prevent you from having a fabulous display of flowering plants all Summer long.
I’ve created the perfect planning tool for you! It’s got 14 pages of worksheets, diagrams, plot planners and monthly planting calendars to help you visualize and plant the Summer garden you’ve always wanted.
Here’s what’s inside the SUMMER BULB PLANTING PLANNER:
Most of the worksheets are self-explanatory, but I’ll point out a few of the great features in the Summer Bulb Planting Planner.
When I’m at the very beginning of the planning stage, I’ll look at the types of flowers I’d like to have in my garden and then fill in my Summer Bulb Height Worksheets.
This tells me how tall each kind will grow, thereby helping me position them correctly throughout the garden. Some might not really fit within your final plan and won’t make the cut. That’s why you do this first!
Next I’ll start browsing catalogs and grower’s websites to determine what plants I want and how much they’ll cost. I fill in my Summer Bulb Planting Planner Budget Sheet and then see where I need to cut costs if necessary.
Once that’s done, it’s time to decide where and how many of each plant/color to put into the various plots. I use both the Summer Bulb Planner Journal and Plot Planner in tandem to work out the locations and quantities of my plants.
An important part of the planning process is deciding what plants to pair together and what colors will look great in adjacent areas. That can be tough to do if you don’t know the height of each type of bulb you’re considering for your Summer garden.
Using the BULB HEIGHT WORKSHEETS will help give you the “big picture” for your garden plans.
You’ll quickly see if you need to add some middle-height plantings to round out your garden’s individual beds or planting areas. Do you have enough low plantings for edging the beds?
The process of filling in your Bulb Height Worksheets will help you figure it all out, before you start buying your Summer bulbs.
The two worksheets range in plant heights from three inches to forty-eight inches. You’ll have no trouble entering all the various bulbs you want to have in your garden according to their heights.
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This is the time to figure out WHEN to plant all these gorgeous bulbs in your garden beds, NOT AFTER YOU PURCHASE THEM! Use your Summer Bulb Planting Schedule Calendar pages to enter the dates that the various bulbs need to go in the ground.
Once you’ve determined your planting Zone, you’ll know exactly the right timing for your planting sessions.
I usually have too many bulbs to plant in a single day, so I’ll use the calendar to decide what days will work in my schedule. Of course, that’s up to Mother Nature to decide. Rainy days and soggy ground do not make for great planting!
To the right you can see the Summer Bulb Plot Planner completed with the plans for a South Side Garden plot.
Now you’re ready to start BUYING BULBS! That’s where the Summer Bulb Planner Purchase Log comes in. As you place your orders, fill in the log to keep track of what flowers you have coming and to stay within the budget.
You’ll want to check your Purchase Log against the Plot Planner pages to make sure you’re ordering the correct plants and quantities. What a snap this planner makes the whole process!
If you want to wake up one Summer morning to a garden full of glorious blooms, you need to start planning today!
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