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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Harvest garlic bulbs when the leaves fall over. Dig it up with leaves attached, brush off the dirt, and lay them out to cure on newspapers in a cool, dark, dry place for a month. Then cut off the tops and clean up the bulbs. Now your garlic is ready for the kitchen, but be sure to save some for fall planting. Buy squares of sod to match your lawn grass and cut your own plugs to replant areas that didn’t rebound well this spring. Work up the area, add compost, and cut a 2” plug right before you plant it to limit drying out. Use a starter solution and keep the areas watered well until they begin growing. Perennials and Ornamental Grasses. Fill in any empty space in perennial beds and borders with plants that don’t just take up space. Assess what’s missing in each season, color group, height, and flower type to make the most of planting now. Make the most of reblooming daylilies – use them to carry vibrant color and noble trumpet shape flowers through summer and fall. Stokes aster (Stokesia laevis) bridges the bloom gap from spring to summer with fringed, daisy-shaped flowers that are usually blue, pink, or white. You can remove the spent flowers to encourage rebloom, but let a few go to seed. Stokes clumps will increase in size with more flowers each year until they become crowded. New seedlings can be dug up or left in place to thicken the planting faster.

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