By Martha Stewart
Armed with the right tools and a very simple planting technique, anyone can grow masses of colorful, spring-blooming daffodils. Fall is the time to get startedâ€”and whether your goal is to install dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of bulbs, youâ€™ll be able to get the whole project done in one autumn afternoon.
For larger plantings, use a no-dig method. Look for a natural depression or hollow on your property where you can place the bulbs eight inches below ground level. Or, in smaller flower beds, remove the top layer of soil to the proper planting depth. Scatter bulb fertilizer or amendments such as bone meal over the area and work in. Mark the plan directly on the soil surface with lime.
My new daffodil bed bursts into bloom from April through May with waves of yellow, white, orange, and even peach-colored blossoms. Notice how the flowers (shown here at dawn) generally grow to face the prevailing afternoon sun. I chose my varieties carefully to obtain the longest period of bloom and the most interesting mix of sizes, textures, and color combinations.
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