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Planting Perennials the Right Way

Planting perennials may seem easy but there is more to it than you realize. Planting correctly will ensure larger and healthier plants in the long term.

Acanthus hungaricus - planting perennials the right way, by Robert Pavlis

Acanthus hungaricus with 60 flower spikes – planting perennials the right way, by Robert Pavlis

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Growing Bunching Onions

Bunching onions are very popular and can be expensive to buy. Fortunately, they are easy to grow and take up very little space in the garden.

Growing bunching onions

Growing bunching onions

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Growing Subshrubs Like Lavender and Russian Sage

Go into any nursery and try to find lavender and Russian sage; they will be in the perennial section. Check these plants online or in books, and most sources will tell you they are perennials. Lavender and Russian sage are subshrubs, a fancy name for a small shrub. Once you understand they are NOT perennials, they become easy to grow.

Lavender - a common subshrub

Lavender – a common subshrub

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Raised Beds – Pros & Cons

Raised beds are becoming more popular, but do they make sense for the garden? What benefits do they provide? Will they grow more food than convention low beds? Does a raised bed need to have side walls? What is the best building material and soil for raised beds? In this and the following posts I will try to answer all of these questions so that you can make an informed decision about adding raised beds to your garden.

Raised beds with hoops

Raised beds with hoops

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Growing Under Walnut Trees

There is a very common myth that says, “nothing grows under walnut trees”, but that is far from being true. If you have walnut trees in your yard or the neighbors yard, you can still have a very lush garden and grow most things.

Gardening Under Walnut Trees, Garden of Phil Reilly

Gardening Under Walnut Trees, Phil Reilly’s Garden

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