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What you need:
  • Bulbs
  • Bone meal
  • Shovel
  • Rake

The proper planting depth for bulbs is usually between 3-5 times the height of the bulb. Plant deeper in light soil than in heavy soil.
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The first step in planting bulbs is to dig an appropriately sized hole. Add a little bone meal, and place your bulbs in the hole with the growing tip facing up. Placement of the bulbs in a random fashion is very important. Not only will they look more natural when they start to grow, but if one or two bulbs fails to grow, there won't be obvious holes in your design.
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Next, cover the bulbs with soil. Be careful not to dislodge the bulbs. The growing point should remain pointing upwards or the bulb will not grow.
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Once you have backfilled all the soil, use the back of a rake to firm it in. It is important to not walk on the area that has been planted, so that you do not damage the bulbs.