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Fall is here now and we must say goodbye to the wonder of the garden for the coming winter. This is the perfect time of the year to begin planting for next springs bounty of flowers. During the fall season, you can decide on the bulbs that you would like to plant to spruce just the right place in your yard or garden. There are so many varieties to chose from that deciding what to plant will be the hardest part.

If you didn't know it, flowers from bulbs are perennials which means that they come back year after year. Most flowers like this multiply so you will want to pick an area for them to spread. A part of the yard that is not easily accessible makes a perfect spot since they come back every spring. So once they are planted they are virtually maintenance free. You will need to pick a spot that is well drained, has a ph of 6.0 to 7.0, and is privy to a lot of sunlight. Once that you have done this you are ready to begin planting.

Now that you have picked your spot it is time to prepare the flower bed. You will want to till the earth to about 8 to 10 inches for large bulbs and at least 5 inches for smaller bulbs. The rule of thumb for deciding the depth to plant is whatever size the bulb multiply this times 3. If your bulb is 2 inches, then you will want to plant it 6 inches down. Larger bulbs need to be spaced 6 inches apart, whereas, smaller bulbs only need 3 inches between them. Be sure that the tips are pointing up. Before you do this add some compost or fertilizer and mix with the soil. Once planted you will need to water the bulbs thoroughly. Place at least 3 inches of mulch over your plant bed so that it will retain its moisture and keep the soil cool. This will also protect the bulbs, prevent weeds, and provide nutrients for the plants. If the fall days are still a little hot, you will want to make sure this area is well watered, but don't chose an area that holds water. They will not do well in a soggy area of the yard.

During the winter, the bulbs will go into a state of dormancy. In the spring, during the growing season, water the bulbs at least once a week. You will want to provide them with an inch or more of water. When the plants began emerging up through the soil make sure that they are fertilized by every third week. Use a quality water soluble fertilizer to promote additional flowering. Smaller bulbs will emerge in early spring, larger bulbs will bloom in late spring. After the blooming season ends, flower spikes should be removed and the leaves should be allowed to die back naturally. They will begin to prepare for their state of dormancy, and you can expect to see bigger growth in the next spring season.