Gardening Basics for Canadians for Dummies (For Dummies by Liz Primeau

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People can easily pop inside for additional food, drink, or supplies; to use the restroom; or to dispose of trash. Screened-in spots may be necessary if you have a mosquito or other bug problem and still want to be comfortable outside. ) If you want to place your outdoor living space away from the house, such as at a gazebo or under a pergola or in a poolside entertaining area, make sure it’s well stocked with beverages and snacks to spare yourself long treks back and forth to the house. Outdoor storage units and shelves should do the trick.

A typical perennial emerges in the spring, grows and often produces flowers and seeds as the seasons progress from spring to summer to fall, and then slows down or dies back in winter. But the plant doesn’t actually die; it just rests. The following spring, your perennial returns in glory to repeat the cycle. Unlike annuals, you don’t have to replant perennials every year. Once should be enough — well, if you choose wisely and take good care of your perennials, you ought to get many good years out of them.

In the figure, the taproot is the main root of the plant; the stolon, or runner, is a horizontal stem that spreads through the ground to help some perennials propagate. When you know the parts of plants and the differences among all the plant names you run into, you’re ready to get the lowdown on the types of plants out there! qxp 12 1/8/08 11:18 PM Page 12 Part I: Preparing Yourself (And Your Garden) for Planting Flower Stem Seed head Leaf Stolon Figure 1-1: The basic parts of a perennial plant, above and below ground.

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