Game-Changer Bulb Planting Tool

Yay! I finally got my tulip bulbs planted!

This week I would like to share a helpful gardening tip with you! Awhile back, a fellow blogger mentioned a cool drill-bit for planting tulip bulbs. In turn, I mentioned it to my hubby. Next thing I knew, he was on Amazon ordering two garden auger bits that would fit his cordless drill. The bits arrived not many days later then just sat in the garage waiting.

  • Waiting for it to stop raining.
  • Waiting for the wet earth to dry a bit.
  • Waiting until my garden was sufficiently weeded and tidied.
  • Waiting for a nice day to coincide with a day off of work.

Waiting, waiting, waiting! One day last week all the things I was waiting for aligned and I was soon happily tearing open the bags of tulip bulbs. Wayne offered to help me — God bless him!

He popped the smaller of the two bits onto his cordless drill and started drilling holes wherever my heart desired. I followed along popping the bulbs into the ground and covering them with the loosened earth the auger had pulled out of the hole. [Note: the larger auger bit would be perfect for planting larger bulbs such as canna, and would also be a great for digging holes for bedding plants.]


I’m a few days late (again), but joining The Propagator and fellow garden bloggers from around the world for our Six on Saturday weekly meet-up to share photos of what’s going on in our gardening endeavors. I’ll end this week’s page of my garden journal with a little slideshow of last year’s tulips…hoping this year’s efforts will add to the cheerful mix next spring!

Addendum: A word of caution – this is a power tool, so the usual safety precautions should be taken. Knowing what lies beneath in the soil is of utmost importance. You don’t want to be drilling into existing bulbs, viable roots of nearby trees and bushes, buried rocks and gravel, buried watering system lines, invisible fence, etc. It’s also my inexpert opinion that it helps to have a fairly robust cordless drill (with a decent torque rating) and an extra fully charged battery. In my case, though I could have done it on my own, it helped to have someone adept at using the drill to assist me in the process.

Author: barefootlilylady

I love sharing about my barefoot gardening adventures, hence my blogger name. As I write, some of my other passions might spill out -- like fun with grandkids, baking and sewing endeavors, what I'm studying in Scripture, and the like. My readers will notice that one of the primary things I write about is Alzheimer's. May what I write be an encouragement to anyone who is a caregiver for someone they love with memory loss.

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