During the last few days the Dutch bulb-growers have been very busy with the last preparations of their large bulb-field along the Westcoast of Holland for the new season in April-May 1960, when hundreds of thousands of tourists will come to look at the colourful fields.
A man pushing a wheel-barrow with baskets filled with bulbs.
Same, man walking towards the camera.
Pan from man to planters on the field.
4 Shots of planters in action.
4 Shots of the trenches being covered with earth again.
2 Shots of the machine being filled with bulbs.
12 Shots of the machine in action.
7 Shots of the fields being covered with straw.
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Background: During the last few days the Dutch bulb-growers have been very busy with the last preparations of their large bulb-field along the Westcoast of Holland for the new season in April-May 1960, when hundreds of thousands of tourists will come to look at the colourful fields.
Visnews cameras filmed the plantation of some 2,250,000,000 tulipbulbs: 350,000,000 hyacinths: 350,000,000 daffodils: 750,000,000 iyison: 2,500,000,000 gladioli and 300,000,000 crocuses, such of which bulb will pay its own tribute to a wonderful view over those colourful fields.
Up till now the bulbs were planted by hand, however, since the last two years a planting-machine has been invented, which has now taken over 2/3 of the process and works about twenty times as quick as when it has to be done by hand.
The slowly moving machine cuts a trench in the soil, puts the bulbs on the right place and afterwards covers the trench again with the removed earth. To prevent the bulbs of frost and also to avoid that the wind would blow the sand away, the fields re covered with straw.
Whereas most bulbs can be planted by this machine, the hyacinths have to be planted by hand, as it is of great importance for the results that the bulb stands right up.
In Spring 1960 it will be 1400 years ago that the first bulb (a tulip-one) was imported in Holland from Turkey.