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Virginia CooperMonday, July 9, 2001

Question: I need to move my perennials in late summer. Although this is not the right time for all of the plants, can you give suggestions of how to keep them alive? How should I prepare them? Should I trim them back?

Answer: Water everything really well at least a day before digging. Moist soil will cling to the roots better than dry and allow you to keep a good root ball around each plant. Dig generously around each plant, don't try to get it out with one shovelful, take your time and loosen the soil around the plant before the final lift.

Have ready several different sizes of pots, buckets or boxes lined with plastic bags, some plants' root mass may be bigger than you thought. Have some potting soil ready to add to your pots; enough so that all exposed roots will be covered by soil. If you have a lot of smaller plants go ahead and put them together in one larger pot and cover roots with extra soil.

Moving a household is a lot of work and getting the garden planted can take backseat to more important things like setting up beds and kitchen. You may need some time to prepare your new garden. Give your plants all they need to get by for a few weeks.

If something is blooming at moving time then cut back any flowers or buds, but otherwise I would wait till after transplanting to cut back anything, then I would only cut back foliage that has browned or wilted. Keep plants well watered after planting.

It's a good time of year for moving spring blooming bulbs; they are dormant now and should do just fine. Most other perennials will transplant well, I would be extra careful with peonies. They don't ever like to be moved and may not bloom again for several years.

Dig really deep for Lillies (lillium, not hemerocallis). No matter how deep you think they are, they are probably a bit deeper. Check the root mass and make sure you got the bulb otherwise you may have chopped it off. If it is late enough in the year you may be able to replant just the bulb and have it survive.
Dictamus or gas plant is another plant that doesn't like to be moved, if you have one take caution to get a big root mass.

All plants with taproots or deep woody roots, will be a challenge. This includes hollyhocks, elecampange, balloon flower, poppies, lupins or baptisia. You may just save some seeds from these to start in your new garden or buy new plants.

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A Stickler for Reality

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By Wayne PikeMonday, July 16, 2001

Having been home from our trip to Colorado for a couple weeks, I have had time to reflect on some of the events and observations that we made. Traveling to another state can hardly be considered exotic, but i ..... 
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It has been quite awhile since I was a volunteer coach. My first opportunity came in my early twenties when Bob, a friend of mine, and I were coaxed into coaching soccer to a mixed group of six and seven year olds in a YMC ..... 
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To the Editor,
Monday, July 16, 2001

Does anyone remember the phrase, Lets Keep America Beautiful or how about Dont be a Litter Bug? Maybe these slogans date me, but I can remember when there was an emphasis placed on not litte ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

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