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For Quick and Easy Bulb Planting, Use an Auger

20161013A.jpgIf digging individual holes for your fall bulbs putting you off, try a bulb auger.

It’s simply a spiral bit that attaches to a hand drill (preferably cordless: who wants to drag a power cord all over the garden?) and thus converts it into a mini-auger.

The new tool allows you to dig a hole to the desired depth in seconds and is especially useful when you want to plant bulbs (tulips, narcissus, hyacinths, etc.) in tight spaces, such as between two perennials.

If you can’t find one in your local garden center or hardware store, they’re easy enough to locate on Amazon and Breck’s Canada also offers one.

The Laidback Gardener: yet another tip making gardening a snap!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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