Answer : 28,000!!!
Did we plant them all by hand?
Answer: Absolutely not!!! We hired a bulb planter which we attached to the back of the tractor. This had a hopper for the bulbs and as the tractor drove along the bulb planter cut a slit in the ground and a conveyor belt fed the bulbs into the trench.
It was a team effort – my husband drove the tractor, my father-in-law filled the hopper and kept prodding the bulbs with a stick to keep them moving so that the hopper didn’t get jammed, and I walked along behind, kicking the turf back into place.
It was tiring work particularly on the legs! It is heavy clay soil on our farm which is not the easiest to work with.