New England

July, 2005
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Planting Bare-Root Perennials
Peonies are notoriously picky about their planting depth and won't bloom if they are planted too high or too deep. It turns out they aren't alone. According to research at Cornell University, planting depth can make a big difference in how well your plants perform. When bare-root perennials were planted with their crowns (base of the stem where the roots begin) an inch or more below the soil surface, the growth of the plants was reduced by as much as two-thirds. So, to be on the safe side, set bare-root plants with their crowns slightly above the surface of the soil to allow for some settling in.

Tool or Gardening Product

Peta Fist Grip Tools
The handles are what make these hand tools unique, bending at a right angle to the tool head so that your hand stays in neutral position. They are lightweight and comfortable, and are available in a trowel, a weeder, a cultivator, and a fork. The company is in the UK but you can order them state-side through this Life With Ease site: http://www.lifewithease.com/fistgrip1.html.

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