The Essential Tulip-Planting Companion

In the spirit of putting down roots in our new home, Travis procured over 400 tulip bulbs for us to plant around the house. I think his purchase was inspired, in part, by the magical experience that I had a few years ago when I visited him in Washington at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival that takes place a short drive north of Seattle….

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Tulip Festival 1The festival included fields of tulips that stretched as far as the eye could see, lighting up the grey day in a kaleidoscope of luminescence. It was UH-MAZING. If you’re a flower nerd like me, you can go here to find out more about the festival.

Not surprisingly, when our box of 400 tulip bulbs was delivered, excitement swelled in my chest as I thought about all of the wonderful colors that would greet us next spring. Then I realized that 400 tulip bulbs meant digging 400 holes, and my excitement shriveled up like a raisin in the sun.

9855446Fortunately, Travis had a plan! Cue drill-powered planting auger, stage left.

This little tool is a tulip-planting HERO. Powered by a cordless drill, it makes extremely quick work of digging perfect 4-6″ holes for tulips and any other bulb that has to be buried sufficiently below the ground. In less than forty-five minutes, we planted the first hundred bulbs in a sweeping wave around our side door.

It probably would have taken even less time if someone other than me was planting the tulip bulbs, but I have to measure the holes at least twice to be sure they’re the appropriate depth, gently tuck each little bulb into its hole, possibly sing to it, and then ever-so-carefully cover it back up with dirt and peat moss. There’s no rushing this process.

So, in summary, I’m not a huge fan of mono-tasking tools, but this one was absolutely worth every penny of it’s $19.95 asking price on Amazon. Soon we’ll get the rest of the tulip bulbs planted and then sit back and wait for the rainbow come spring!

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