Sunday, November 03 2013 23:35

Gardening for Kids: Fall Bulb Planting for Spring Blooms...

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Longfield GardensWith Gardening being a part of our regular routine, we've dabbled in annuals, perennials, vegetables, and more... but one thing we'd never worked with previously is bulbs, and this Fall, that changed. I don't know if I've ever mentioned it previously here on THE ROCK FATHER, but waaaaaay back in my past (practically another lifetime), I used to run a couple of garden centers. I sold a ton of bulbs back then, but never had the opportunity to plant some of my own. Fast-forward a couple of decades, and here we are - my Wife and I are homeowners, and I'm finally planting some fresh bulbs. For this project, four-year-old Addie was my Garden Helper. Armed with 200 (!) Fall Bulbs that were sent to us courtesy of the folks at Longfield Gardens, the little one and I set out to prep our home for some Spring color, completing a project that is fun and easy for kids and grownups alike.

Fall Bulb Planting

Planting Bulbs is a simple, three-step process:

1. Dig a hole 3-4 times deep as the bulb height.
2. Set bulbs firmly in place, following spacing guidelines.
3. Cover with soil and water thoroughly.

Really, that's it!

Now, there's some other tips and tricks that can factor in, like picking colors, investigating bloom times, etc., but overall, bulbs are an economical way to start, expand, or just add some cool colors to your garden. Our property has some random bulbs scattered about - ones that have been here for years prior to our arrival. For this, we focused on four distinct areas where we wanted to add some permanent spring flowers.

  1. The landscape of the Step2 Playhouse.
  2. A brand-new flower bed in the corner of our yard near the play area.
  3. The north side of our shed.
  4. The flower beds near our front porch.

Fall Bulb Planting

muscariWe layered our Muscari "Armeniacum" (a blue hyacinth offshoot - pictured right) around and between our Tulips. For the most natural look, you should group the bulbs in circles, pyramids, or clumps rather than a straight line. We did this in our new, corner bed and the front flower beds, but as we were doing a border strip by the girls' playhouse and our shed, we opted for a line, alternating colors.

What will be interesting is that this blog entry has no true ending... and that you'll have to check back to The Rock Father in the spring of 2014 to see what the outcome is. We'll be keeping our eyes open for the first signs of spring next year, to watch as our beautiful bulbs emerge for the very first time. This is just a sampling of what we're hoping to see...


In the meantime, there's till plenty of time for Fall Planting! Check out Longfield Gardens' full selection of Fall Planted Bulbs to start planning your spring garden.

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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