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planting bulbs and flowers

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I know these are not veggies but they do draw good bugs to the garden,so I felt compelled to add this.I am in the process of filling a new raised bed just for flowers and have found I have an excess of bulbs.tulip and daffodil I need to know if I can keep them dormant for the remainder of this year and into next in the bags they came in till I find or make a place for them? If not what should I do with the extras? Or how can I keep them till a place comes up to put them?
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I have planted bulbs in both the fall and the very early spring. If you are not ready to plant them this fall, then I would just recommend keeping them in the fridge until spring when you are ready to plant them. I have done that before (bought when on sale in the fall but then never got around to planting) and they still grew and bloomed just fine in the spring.
Tips for Planting Bulbs

Tulip Bulbs - Pointy end up
Plant the pointy end up. That's about all you need to know. It's easy to spot the pointy end of a tulip; tougher with a crocus. But in most cases, even if you don't get it right, the flower bulb will still find its way topside.
Plant big bulbs about 8" deep and small bulbs about 5" deep.
No fertilizer is necessary for the first year's bloom. Bulbs are natural storehouses of food. They don't need anything to flower the first year. For bulbs that are intended to naturalize or perennialize (return for several years) or for bulbs that are coming into their second year, spread an organic fertilizer such as compost or well-rotted cow manure, or a slow release bulb food on top of the soil.
If you do fertilize, never mix fertilizer in the planting hole. It can burn the roots. Also don't follow the old adage of adding bone meal. Modern bone meal adds little nutritional value. It can also encourage pests and even dogs to dig up your bulbs looking for bones!
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I have always had really great success by adding bone meal and epson salt to any plant. You can tell the difference in a plant that has it and one that doesn't. Guess I'm just lucky but I have never had a dog to dig them up. I dont think dogs around my neck of the woods care about powdered bone meal. bone meal nor epson salt will burn roots. I even add a little rabbit poop in the hole and it will not burn roots. But if anyone would like to add a little starter fertilizer in the hole, all you need to do is put a couple inches of compost on top of the fertilizer, here is the nutritional values of bone meal in raw form..Nitrogen=2-6, phosphorus=15-27, potassium=0 and bone meal steamed..N=0.7-4, Phosphorus=10-34, potassium=0, so this is some good stuff as most of you know that phosphous is what makes a plant be it flowers or veggies makes blooms and sets fruit.
have a great day gardening
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