Have you ever planted Tulips and got a flagging big lot of nothing? In case you haven't put two and four together, Tulips are Squirrel Crack. Skippy will sniff 'em out, dig 'em up, and grill 'em up on the barbie (if he's an Aussie squirrel anyway). All the while, he'll be laughing like the gopher on Caddyshack!
Its the time of year to be planting bulbs in the garden for a nice spring show and Skippy can't wait for lunch to be served. He will dig up your treasure and have a snack. He knows you're going to plant again next year, cause you want the glorious show!
Riding' the Tulip Pony!
Beam me up, squirrelly!
Tulip Balls of Glory!
Tulip Balls of Glory!
Bet you know what comes next?
That's right, to quote every good mobster movie...dig a hole! I don't use the bulb planter tool, I prefer an auger bit on a drill. As seen in the picture, the auger bit is about 1" in diameter, perhaps you can find a bigger diameter, because you'll need to work to get a big enough or deep enough hole. How do you know if the hole is deep enough? Well, if a Texan is staring up at you (because you're planting in China silly) keep digging. Seriously, you're shooting for 6-8" and you can't get that from the circular bulb planting tool.
Gopher hole? I think that looks like a Tulip hole. Be careful, they bite.
Next, because the blood meal/cayenne pepper mix won't last forever, we have to implement phase two. Skippy is going to try to dig up the bulb if he smells it. Some will attempt to use chicken wire, but I find that a bit tricky in that you can do it if nothing else has been planted. I prefer gravel. Skippy is going to find digging through gravel as a it difficult. So we are going to add about 2-3" of gravel on top of the bulb. This should deter him sufficiently from digging down to the gold.
Last, with any great undertaken, something should end up on the angry end of your boot. Push the dirt that was previously dug out of the hole back in and give the whole thing a good stomp.
Last step, Skippy has a sick sense for when you've disturbed the ground. It's like he's some land surveyor and he knows every hill and valley. We have to make him look away from our recent burying. Another good use for our Cajun bulb mix is to dust the areas around the fresh holes. This won't last forever, but should last long enough to put Skippy off the trail.
So, thus endeth my lesson. I hope thus will bring many years of Tulip color to your garden.