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Trench-Style Planting: Big Color, Little Time

Trench Style Bulb Planting

Many gardeners meticulously plant bulbs in an exact pattern, making sure the proper colors are coordinated and each bulb is placed just right. We think this is a wonderful way of gardening and love seeing the results, but sometimes there just isn’t enough time or there are hundreds of bulbs involved.

In these instances, we highly recommend trench-style planting. What is trench-style planting? Exactly what it sounds like. Grab 100, 200, 500 bulbs (whatever’s your style), dig a large trench to the depth you need to plant your bulbs, drop the bulbs in, quickly make sure the right end is up (the pointy end up, usually) and fill the trench back in. Water thoroughly to get rid of any air pockets and wait for a burst of color in the spring.  

One of our owners, Mike Lizotte (aka the Seed Man), recently did this at his property. He planted 500 mixed tulips in five separate trenches throughout his yard and gardens. With a little help from his daughter, he managed to plant all of these bulbs in under two hours.

So if you’re looking for a quick way to add a huge statement of color to your spring garden, we recommend trench-style planting a variety of spring-blooming bulbs such as Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinths and more.

You can see Mike's process below and just how easy it is to do a mass planting in your own backyard.

Happy Gardening!

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