Transplanting And Reorganizing - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Kathy Miller
Pearisburg, VA
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Question by kathym4
December 31, 2000
Last Spring I planted all types of perennials against a newly built privacy fence after buying the house. I have blueberry bushes (2), Bush Cherries (2), Old Fashion Rose bush, pampus grass, fall planted bulbs, herbs, etc. I'm in zone 7 (almost zone 6). We are building a garage on last summers garden spot and need the only all day sunny area for a small garden. I need to move those perennials around to allow some space for 6 tomato plants, cucumbers, green beans and peppers. The area is approx. 40' long x 10' wide with room to flow out into the remaining shady/sunny yard. Any suggestions on how to approach this project? I'll need to move some perennials so the tomatoes and beans can have FULL sun. How much shade will other garden plants need - like cucumbers, peppers, etc.) When should I transplant the perennials?

Answer from NGA
December 31, 2000
Most perennials can be moved successfully in very early spring and should then be cared for like any other newly planted plant. Unfortunately, the perennials you listed prefer full sun as do nearly all vegetables including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and beans. Although full sun all day is best, many sun lovers will tolerate a location with at least six hours of sun daily as long as the hours include twelve noon. Perhaps you could consider growing some of the vegetables in containers in another (sunnier)area of the yard.

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