How to Plant Bulbs in a Border

Most bulbs prefer free-draining soil, as they like to be fairly dry when dormant. 

From: DK Books - Learn to Garden
Tulips are Early Spring Flowering Bulbs

Tulips are Early Spring Flowering Bulbs

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 1: Point Tips Upward

Set Out Bulbs with Pointed Growing Tip Up

Set Out Bulbs with Pointed Growing Tip Up

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Position the bulbs in the hole with their pointed tips upward. Discard any bulbs that show signs of disease or rotting.

Step 2: Add Soil

Soil Over

Soil Over

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fill in the hole with soil, firming as you go with your fingers, taking care not to damage the bulbs’ growing tips.

Step 3: Protect with a Barrier

Critter Barrier

Critter Barrier

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Chicken wire over the planted area will prevent animals from digging them up. Remove it as soon as the first shoots appear.

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