Easy Steps to a Host of Daffodils

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You know that sick feeling when you feel your shovel going through a bulb already in your garden bed? It’s a tricky flower bulb planting challenge to remember where the heck you planted them last year. Or the year before. Here’s a great method to get some bulbs in the ground and allow you to increase your spring display without endangering any bulbs planted previously.

We’ll talk about daffodils and crocus here, because they are the garden gift that keeps on giving, if you have the right conditions, mainly, a sunny spot. Unlike tulips, that tend to run down (get smaller and stop blooming) daffodils will increase where they are happy. Full sun allows leaves to fully ripen in the spring and enrich the bulbs, which then double by creating offsets, giving you many more daffodils to spread around. And all for free! Here’s how to do it:

1. Use your empty vegetable garden or any corner of your garden that’s bare, to plant daffodils in clumps of five (crocuses, grape hyacinths, scillas too). The soil is already worked, so planting is easy.
2. In spring, dig them up, bulbs, leaves and all, and replant in spots in the garden where you have bare patches. The other bulbs will be in flower, or leafed out, so you know you won’t damage any. You’ve now created the beginnings of your host of golden daffodils.

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