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Bulb Planting Tool Kit

Martha Stewart Living, October 1996

When you order bulbs this season, don't forget to assemble all the tools you will need to plant them: Take stock of your tool shed, and purchase what is missing, so that when your bulbs arrive you will be well equipped and ready to get to work. Small bulbs such as snowdrops are easily slipped into a shallow crevice in the soil made by a dibber, also called a dibble (the pointed, T-shaped hand tool), or the tip of a trowel. Larger bulbs, like alliums, need to be sunk deeper, in holes bored with a short- or long-handled bulb planter or dug with a shovel. To keep beds weed-free without injuring bulbs, keep a cultivator handy throughout the season.