Thursday, 23 May 2013

Daffodil Thursday

Today in Australia is the official Biggest Morning Tea to raise money for cancer research.

This week I decided that I would plant some bulbs into some of the garden beds. I started with daffodils (the logo of the Cancer Council of Australia) and yellow jonquils.

Although the soil looks rich and red (see the spot on the bottom right), it is actually quite dry and poor. So I had to do some serious soil improvement using compost.

Step by Step Guide to Planting Bulbs

1. Pull the weeds.

2. Break up the soil.

3. Dig holes for the bulbs according to the  directions on the packet. The daffodils and jonquils needed to be placed 10cm deep and at least 5cm apart.

4. Pack the bulbs with composted soil.

5. Cover the soil with sawdust rich with broken down chicken manure. Water in.

6. Spread mulch over the soil to prevent weeds. I used sugar cane mulch. Dampen.

7. Mulch again with leaf litter or recycled wood chips.

8. Admire the preparation and wait for Spring.

9.  Enjoy a cup of tea and make a donation for cancer research.

Linking up to New to Me in May at Celtic Thistle Stitches with Fiona


  1. this is a great post! Very informative and colorful! Here in the northeast we used to do seriously HUGE plantings and in order to naturalize the bulbs we would stand and bowl them out, planting them wherever they landed! It took two gardeners to plant like this.

  2. They will be lovely when spring arrives :)

  3. Gosh you have been busy! Love daffodils - that'll be so beautiful in Spring!

  4. fun! I gave up on gardening a long time ago - I managed to kill everything! I took up quilting instead and have been a little more successful!

  5. Daffodils are among my favourite flowers. Your flower beds will look lovely come spring.


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