Master Gardener Second Saturday in August
By Laverne Fuller
The Master Gardener Second Saturdays series at the Halifax Farmer's Market continues on August 8 from 8 to 11 a.m. with a 9:30 demonstration on how to divide perennials. Perennials are a mainstay of the landscape in that they come back year after year. You can Google native Virginia perennials to find varieties that are suited to our soils and weather conditions. Once a perennial bed is established, little maintenance is required to keep the area beautiful.
After a few years, you may notice that the blooms on your perennials are getting smaller or the plant gets thinner in the center. This is a sure sign that the plants roots are crowded and need some attention. Perennials can be divided in several ways. The entire plant can be dug up and the roots separated into multiple plants to be replanted. Another method is to use a shovel and to dig into the root ball of the plant and remove some of it. Either way provides more space for the roots to spread out and gives you happier, healthier plants. You can establish new beds or share the extras with friends and neighbors.
Join the Southside Master Gardeners at the Halifax Farmers Market for
a special demo at 9:30 dividing this beautiful Japanese Iris, a great
plant for the perennial border.