I just got done planting a bed of Regal trumpet lilies and threw in one
Easter lily to see if it might come back next year. First the lilies
came by FedEx and were sprouted and some bent at right angles. Will
they straighten out?
Second, since I can't spade (back and getting too old for deep spading)
and the soil has some hard spots in it, ran into roots (hope the lilies
can adjust), I did it this way. I got one of those four-tined forks and
worked the ground over, then mixed a little peat and old topsoil in
that. Then I have this drill bit for taking soil samples and planting
bulbs so I used that. It is not all it's cracked up to be, but with
that and a trowel, I got the holes as deep as I could. Instructions
said five inches, I thought it should be eight but was lucky to get
After I got all the bulbs planted (forgot to mention I put a 1/2 tsp
bone meal and covered it with a little soil in the holes that I could,
some were too shallow), I dumped all that funny stuff they come packed
in thinking it will mulch and degrade. Then I threw some fresh planting
soil over that, soaked it well with the hose, finally topped it off with
a half a bag of cypress mulch. Will give it a second soaking after it
settles awhile since the area hasn't been planted for a long time.
I hope I didn't do anything too terrible. I'm afraid to add any more
bone marrow at the surface right now, maybe in the fall or next spring.
Now I am worried about rabbits, chipmunks and squirrels ruining all my
hard work and investment. Has anyone tried a product called Liquid
Fence? My other alternatives are ugly, chicken wire and old screens
screwed together, and maybe some chicken wire over the top until they
start getting taller.
Another option I read which I have plenty of is thorny rose cuttings.
If I spread a bunch of those in the bed, do you think it would help so I
could skip the ugly fencing? They take quite awhile to biodegrade.
Any suggestions appreciated that don't cost too much and don't involve
digging them up and replanting.