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What you need:
  • Large plastic pot
  • Shovel
  • Hardware cloth

Crocus and tulip bulbs are favored food for rodents, but a few easy steps will protect bulbs for your enjoyment. To guard against burrowing invasion, select an appropriately sized pot and bury it in your garden. For most plantings, a 5-gallon pot is large enough. Place the rim flush with the ground.
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Add some soil to the pot, and plant your bulbs normally. See our tutorial on Planting Bulbs In The Open for additional information.
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Backfill soil around the pot, until only the top of the rim is visible.
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Once you have finished backfilling the soil into the pot, cover it with 1" metal hardware cloth to keep rodents from digging up the bulbs. Secure the wire in place with bricks or rocks. Uncover the bulbs before they emerge in spring, or they may be damaged.