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July 23, 2014

I don't know about you, but this happens to me every year in July. Now that my perennials and shrubs have filled out I realize that in spite of my annual efforts at combinations of foliage, texture and flower from my garden still needs work. I was sure I'd got it right when I was lifting, dividing and moving things around in April but now I'm not so sure. I suppose it doesn't help when I keep sending you newsletters, introducing all these new plants but we gardeners have long ago learned that a garden is never "finished". It's an ongoing pursuit.

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Dugald Cameron

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“What?” you ask. “We can plant in the summer?” Gardeners often stop planting when summer rolls around for fear that it won’t work. This is a fallacy based on confusion between transplanting and planting. Transplanting in summer is risky: established plants rely on fine “feeder roots” for moisture and nutrients. When these plants are lifted from the garden, these essential feeder roots are destroyed, the balance between roots and foliage is upset and the plant often withers and dies. Not so with potted plants. Their entire root structure remains intact inside the container. To give your container-grown plants a good start, dig a hole that’s wider than the pot, but about the same depth.

Add compost or well-rotted manure. Slip the plant from the container and loosen the roots a bit to encourage them to grow outward, into the soil. Position the plant so the crown is level with the soil surface, backfill the hole with soil, gently tamping it down to remove air pockets. Make a little dyke around the plant to help trap rainfall, water well and you’re done!

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