Perfect time to plant a bulb

Gardening expert Martyn Cox reveals how to get your tots planting this autumn

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The temperatures may be getting cooler and the winter is nearly among us, but that doesn’t mean we should pack up our gardening tools just yet!

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September is the perfect time to plant bulbs so why not pop along to the Garden Museum on September 30, where The Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Centre and gardening writer Martyn Cox are hosting a free bulb planting master class.

Martyn will show children how to plant narcissus bulbs ready for blooming in the spring and help them decorate pots for their bulbs to grow in.

You’ll need to reserve a place by visiting the Garden Museum or calling 020 7915 4776.

If you can’t make it to London, Martyn (who’s author of Gardening with Kids and 101 Plants for Problem Places) has tips for MadeForMums’ little ones on planting the perfect bulb.

  • Children can spell out their initials, name or make a pattern with crocus bulbs. To do this, create a design by trickling sand out of an empty washing up liquid bottle onto grass or soil. Place bulbs fairly closely together on the sand, then plant to two and half times their size. In spring their design will appear like magic from the ground.
  • Compact varieties of daffodils are great in pots, but perk up boring terracotta containers by giving them a paint job. First apply an undercoat of white emulsion than let your tots decorate the pots with acrylic paint. Put the pot in a prominent position so they can see the pot and flowers clearly from the windows of the house.
 
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  • Have fun planting up recycled containers with small bulbs, such as fritillaries, crocus, dwarf iris and miniature daffodils. Plant into old tea pots, plastic sea side buckets, saucepans or anything else that takes your fancy.

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