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    Hi all ️
    I am planning on planting some spring flowering bulbs in the next couple of months and I needing to know how do I need to prepare my soil ready for next spring /summer.. Manure? Composting or other treatment?? . Im growing rhubarb, strawberries and Raspberries in one area and flowers in another. So any advice on what I can do to improve my soil during the winter would be greatly received as Its my first winter of gardening
     
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    Bulbs don't generally need manure / compost or feeding well not for the first year , the bulb is a storage vessel so should be good to go for the first year, you can feed them if you wish when they start showing in spring and after they have flowered but if they are in the garden I don't personally bother. Main problem for bulb is drainage if you have heavy soil drainage is essential. Depending on the bulb I put a inch layer of grit or sand underneath the bulb.

    What bulbs are you planting ? and where are you planting them in pots / garden ?
     
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    Having check the soil in my garden. No more wasting money on composts etc. The two conifers have drained all the goodness out. So I will concentrate on containers. The Thuja plicata I will cut most of that down. The Leylandii (70ft) will have to stay put. A self sown Taxus baccata that has grown through a Philadelphus will sady have to go. I have sadly lost several well established shrubs and thought about using the space for another greenhouse. However considering health and that thing called age. Perhaps not
     
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      Thanks for the info guys!
      I am planting
      A variety of Alliums
      Crocus
      Snowdrops
      Narcissus
      Muscari
      Brodicea
      Ipheion uniflorium
      Im planting these bulbs most in beds and whatevers left over in pots
      The ground with the already established rhubarb, strawberries and flowers do I need to put anything on that to help it during the winter?
       
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        Probably the most important thing with Bulbs is to plant them deep enough.

        Follow the packets instructions for the correct depth for each type of bulb and always go a bit deeper rather than shallower.

        No Tulips ?
         
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          A 70ft high leylandii... OMG
          I'd rather have a wild bull in my garden Mike! @Mike Allen
          You could do with the guys shown here..
           

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          Oh sorry yes im planting tulips
          And if hopefully ok ill plant some summer flowering bulbs in the spring
          Yikes the leylandi definitely gives you privacy that size
           
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