Ok, I’ll admit it, I’m falling for Fall. It's easy to Find beauty in the Fall. The crisp air, apple picking and of course pumpkin coffee. Fall is an easy season to look forward to. The leaves are changing color and football is back on TV.
Fall is also a great time for Fall gardening! Spring seems pretty far off but a little preparation this fall will have your garden spring beautiful in no time.
This year I’ve decided to jump in the dirt and plant some tulips that should bloom in early April. My mom used to plant tulips every fall. I remember as a little girl knowing spring was coming when they would begin to shoot out of the ground. I also liked trying to guess what color they would be since my mom liked to mix it up each year. Some years they were a beautiful red, other pinks and yellows and some times they would be orange and dark purples.
After some research on Pinterest I came across an idea. Rather than planting my tulips in the ground, I am going to build a container garden. That way in the spring I can bring the pots inside and enjoy their beauty indoors as well as out.
These light pink roses in a planter are the perfect inspiration for my spring tulip container garden! It’s impossible to see tulips and not smile!
At my local garden shop I picked up the basics for my garden and the best part they were on sale! I picked out the most colorful spring tulips they had available. I selected royal purples, sunshine yellow and a pretty pink along with some mixed boxes to keep me guessing on what colors would appear!
I bought two 16” Red containers that will match my front porch and some Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix. Let’s be honest while I love gardening I need all the help I can get when it comes to watering plants! I choose the Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Mix as it promised 6 months of continuous release plant food rich, organic materials that help improve drainage and air flow with protection against over and underwatering.
I started by filling both of my pots half way with dirt. You will need two bags if you are using larger containers. Each bag will fill two 8” pots. Since I’m using two 16” pots I’m using two bags. A huge perk of the Miracle-Gro bag is the top is a zip close! I can’t tell you over the years how many bags of ripped open dirt I have had to move around. They always spill and make a mess. These bags are wonderful!
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Next up add in your tulip bulbs. My tulips directions state they should be planted 5” under the dirt for best growth, which is why I only filled my pots up half way. I added the bulbs to the container giving each some room. For fun and variety I mixed up all the bulbs first so I wouldn’t know what color I was planting where.
After I had placed the bulbs I added the remaining dirt to each one patting it down with my trowel.
Then waterted the pots. I even had a little help from my little helper!
Since I didn’t plant these outside I reserved a special cool dry place in my basement to store them until spring. I’m excited to see what color flowers sprout in the spring to delight us. And I know the Miracle-Gro potting soil will help me maintain the correct watering cycle for my containers this winter!
I hope to have the chance to share with my boys the fun of guessing the colors of the tulips in the spring! Are you looking for some fun fall planting projects? Spread the love of gardening and the beauty of the fall colors on the Miracle-Gro Facebook page. It's filled with great ideas, inspiration, and gardening projects.
**In full disclosure Miracle-Gro Sponsored this post but all opinions are my own.**