planning ahead for tulips
In the fall I plan on replacing the existing soil next to my garage so that it is more suitable for growing flowers.
This spring I ripped out the remaining shrubs (that the previous homeowners planted) and added some compost into the dry soil. Subsequent to that I transplanted annual seedlings (that I started from seed) into the ground and surrounded them with containered flowers and tomato plants. The annuals that are in the ground aren't growing so well as you can plainly see below.
My plan for the Fall is: remove 6 inches of soil. Replace it with a 50/50 mix of ProMix BX and compost. Add tulips in clumps every 2-3 feet in a staggered fashion. Cover the bulbs, lay down 1/2" hardward cloth to keep the squirrels out then cover with the loose soil, followed by 2 inches of mulch.
Once the tulips die off in the late Spring, I will re-create the landscape pictured below in mid-May.
I welcome any suggestions or alternative ideas.