If you have difficulties with small rodents eating your bulbs from underneath or cats and other animals digging up your bulbs, chicken wire may be the answer.
Simply lay small-meshed chicken wire in the planting hole under your bulbs and place chicken wire just under the soil’s surface once your bulbs are planted.
Make sure to keep the wire far enough beneath the soil line so that shallow weeding is not hampered. You may also use bulb baskets, especially for the more tender bulbs that must be stored inside over winter. If slugs are a problem, break up washed and dried egg shells and sprinkle the pieces around the base of the plants. Besides contributing a small amount of calcium to the soil, soft-bodied slugs will avoid the jagged edges of the shells.
Lily Bulbs in Winter
If your bulbs need to be stored over winter make sure they can be kept in a very cool place that does not freeze.
Store them in a brown paper bag, a bin of dry peat moss or in a bulb basket.
Keep them away from apples or other fruit. The ethylene gas given off by the fruit will cause bulbs to rot and die.
If you leave your bulbs in the garden you may want to place “remember rings” around your bulb plantings to mark the spot and keep you from accidentally digging up your bulbs when readying the spring garden.
Mulch with straw, hay, leaf mould or even partially rotted horse manure.