The Gardener's Weed Book: Earth-Safe Controls, by Barbara Pleasant (Storey Publishing, 1996; $14.95), is a good starter book to help identify the plants gardeners love to hate. Some 70 common weeds are included, with time-saving tips for weed management.
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Peonies are among the easiest and most long-lived perennials to grow. With just minimal care they will provide many years of enjoyment. Plant them where they'll receive full sun daily. Give the plants plenty of room (3 to 4 feet) between plants.
If planted too deeply, peonies will fail to bloom so set them carefully in the garden and water them deeply during the growing season. In spring peonies benefit from a topdressing of a slow-release fertilizer. Stake plants with tomato cages to keep the stems and foliage from drooping.