Planting Bulbs in the Fall

We all want a beautiful garden to bloom in the spring, but did you know most of the work starts in the fall? Our resident Master Gardener, Abbi Singh, gave us the best tips for preparing your spring flower beds in the fall.

If you’re new to gardening, these are the tools you’ll need to get started:

  • A trowel
  • Gardening gloves
  • An apron
  • Top soil
  • Bulbs for Calgary’s hardiness zone of 3-4a
  • Fertilizer
  • Watering can

It is ideal to set the bulbs in the ground but if you don’t have access to a flower bed in the ground, a garden box or pot will also work. Just remember to keep it away from the harsh elements and protect it either in your garage or have it near your shed or home.

Watch the tutorial video with Abbi as he shows us how to plant tulips, crocus, allium and narcissi bulbs so they will be ready for the spring bloom.



Follow these steps from Abbi, for a beautiful spring garden.

  • STEP ONE: Dig the holes approximately eight inches apart and about six inches deep.
  • STEP TWO: Place bulbs carefully in the holes with the flat part on the bottom and the pointy part sticking up.
  • STEP THREE: Ensure they are not touching each other, and they are 1 inch from each other. I like to make a pentagon shape when I place 5 in a hole. It makes a nice bloom when there are odd numbers so I usually do 3, 5 or 7 bulbs together.
  • STEP FOUR: Cover them completely with fresh soil and tap it down lightly.
  • STEP FIVE: Pour some water on top of your newly set bulbs.

Don’t forget to enter this month’s Life at Home Giveaway Nº9 to win your own gardening tools and a $200 gift card to Blue Grass Nursery to help you get your garden ready this fall for the spring. ENTER HERE.