Monty Don shares his ‘bulb lasagne’ recipe for a gorgeous display11/16/2023
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A bulb lasagne is a gardening style which is a great way to give maximum flower power in a small space, ideal for patios.
It involves planting layers of bulbs in pots, just like making lasagne, and the result will give a beautiful display.
Speaking to Nick Grimshaw, Monty said: “The thing about a bulb lasagne is that you can grow bulbs and it could be just tulips, it could be three different types of tulip.
“It could be daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, irises, muscari, scilla, lots of different types of bulbs, and in layers.
“So you get a big pot or container and put some compost in the bottom, well-drained, all bulbs except for snowdrops, for tree lilies, and camases need good drainage.
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“Then you put a layer of bulbs and you cram them in. As long as they’re not touching, get as many as you can in, cover them up, so now the pot is half full, and put another layer.
“Then on top of that, I mean it is lasagne, it’s rightly called lasagne, then put more soil on top of that, and then another layer, more soil on the top.”
Monty said the earliest ones will grow, and then they will all grow through each other to create a beautiful garden container.
He added: “A sort of good recipe is crocus first, and then you have daffodils.
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“So crocus will flower in February-ish, early March, and then you have daffodils that will come mid-March.”
According to the gardening expert, tulips will come last, flowering in April, so make sure to put these and daffodils at the bottom.
Monty also recommended planting a bulb lasagne now for it to be ready in time for spring.
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He continued: “Tulips will flower for about three weeks to a month, depending on the weather and which tulip it is, I treat them all as annuals.
“The thing with all bulbs, you must let them die back, because of the foliage, when it dies back through photosynthesis, it’s feeding next year’s bulb.
“So if you cut all the foliage off, you won’t get flowers next year, so let it die back.”
Series 4 of Dish from Waitrose & Partners, hosted by Nick Grimshaw and Angela Hartnett, is available on all podcast providers now.
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