Planting Daffodils and Saving Time

How this low-maintenance gardener plants daffodils

by Susan Harris

I’m embarrassed to tell you how I used to plant daffodils – one at a time, all spaced about a foot apart.  Here’s what’s wrong with that approach:

  • To state the obvious, to get hundreds of daffs in the ground meant digging hundreds of 8-inch-deep holes.  Lots of work, lots of time involved.
  • And not quite so obvious is the rather boring-looking result.  Boring and unnatural – because plants never grow evenly spaced like that.  Not coincidentally, what looks best to our eyes is usually what mimics (but improves on) the way plants grow in nature.

So, here’s technique I’m using these days – planting 3-8 bulbs per hole for a nice little clump, and a lot less work for this aging gardener.

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