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June 2016
Issue 59
Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

Summer is here and the weather is hot, hot, hot. I say this all the, time don't forget to check on your plants. They are alive just like us (Although they can not talk, I wonder what mine would say if they did.) Just like us, plants need water and food in order to survive.

We have had many questions on Japanese beetles this week. I have included information on them again in this e-newsletter.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, hit reply. I would love to hear from you. As always, have a great-gardening day.

Up Coming Events!
Hogg Head's
Blue Smoke Barbecue Food Truck

July 7th
11 am - 6 pm

A central-Ohio based mobile food truck and catering business specializing in smoked meats!

Stop on out and check them out on July 7th.

Bring a friend and pick up some lunch or dinner.
The Peach Truck

July 14th
2 pm - 3:30 pm

The Peach Truck is coming! They’re bringing their fresh, sweet, juicy Georgia Peaches right to our parking lot.
Did You Know?
The sunflower is a native plant of North and South America.  The American Indians used it's seed as a source of food. 

The Incas of Peru, who were sun worshipers, used it in their religious ceremonies. 

Spanish Conquistadors brought the sunflower seed back to Europe where it became popular for it's ornamental beauty and nutritional worth.
3 Gallon

$5 Off
$34.99 - $39.99)
New For 2016!
Shasta Daisy 'Spellbook Lumos'

Will light up any garden with its glowing yellow blooms that do not fade!
Deer Resistant!

12 - 18 Inches Tall
Full Sun
Explore Ohio
Image by H. Petruschke.
Arboretums, gardens and conservatories are a great way to escape from the city, unwind and enjoy all that nature has to offer.  Get inspired by these beautiful places.

Each newsletter I will feature a different place in Ohio for you to check out. Take the family and have fun.

P.S. Don't forget to share some pictures with us.
Holden Arboretum
9500 Sperry Road
Kirtland, Ohio. 44094
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We are a family owned and operated garden center specializing in plants that thrive in Central Ohio

For more information about our store please
Visit Our Website
Photography credit - Gregory Badon.
Just because you don't see them doesn't mean they are not there. Slugs love moist areas and are often found hidden under pots, among plant leaves and in mulch.
During the day they hide away from the sun's hot rays, coming out at night and on cloudy days, where they seek out a variety of different plants, fruits and vegetables to dine on.

To tell if you have slugs look for the silvery mucous trail that they leave behind on the plants. Another way you can tell is by taking a lid full of beer and placing it in your garden at night (sinking to level with the mulch). The slugs are attracted to the beer and will drown in it. In the morning, check the lids to see if there are any slugs in them.

There are many organic ways to help with slug management:
  • Keep your garden weeded.
  • Eliminate areas where they can hide, such as wood piles. 
  • Water in the mornings and not at night.
  • Use slug bait such as Sluggo, Diatomaceous Earth and Slug & Snail Bait.
Japanese Beetles
I am putting this into the newsletter again since the beetles are out in full force. We are getting a bunch of calls asking about them.

What We Recommend:
  •  Hand Pick: Each morning pick them off plants and toss them into a bucket of soapy water. If you get the “scouts” that are the first to arrive, it will greatly reduce the overall population.
  • Neem Oil:  Is an excellent all purpose insecticide, miticide, fungicide for organic gardening. It is also safe to use around pets and children. Just follow directions on bottle.
  •  Diatomaceous Earth: Another organic insecticide. Works by penetrating the exoskeleton of insects and dehydrating them. All natural ingredients that are safe for your family, pets, and the environment.
  • Milky Spore: Prevention is the best medicine. Place down Milky Spore to kill future grubs that turn into Japanese Beetles, following the directions on the back of the bag.

We Do Not Recommend:
  • Japanese Beetle Traps: Many people ask about Japanese Beetle traps which are out on the market. We do not carry them here at the store, reason being is they attract more beetles to your garden than you may have had previously and they are not a very good means of eradication.
  • Sevin: Sevin is highly toxic to bees, earthworms, birds, fish and other animals. Do not use near water, pets or children.
Five Annual Hummingbird Attracting Plants
It is not too late to plant annuals in your garden. We still have plenty of time in our growing season to enjoy their beautiful blooms. If you're looking to attract hummingbirds to your yard here are five noteworthy annuals to try.
Pentas 'New Look Red'
Pentas 'New Look Red'

Sure to draw a fluttering dance of butterflies and hungry hummingbirds, Pentas 'New Look Red' bears star shaped red blooms with white centers. Great for the front border, window boxes and containers. 
6-10 Inches Tall
6-8 Inches Wide
Full Sun/ Partial Sun
Zinnia 'Magellan Yellow'
Zinnia 'Magellan Yellow'

The Magellan series of Zinnias are one of the most popular varieties of zinnias. They come in three different colors, Coral, Yellow and Orange. The blooms are the real show stopper reaching up to 5 inches wide. They are low maintenance, heat and drought tolerant (once established) and have brilliant colors. Deer Resistant!

12 - 18 Inches Tall
12 - 18 Inches Wide
Full Sun
Salvia 'Mojave'
A salvia with long lasting color! The dark green leaves and brilliant red flower spikes will liven up your outdoor space. Ideal for a container on your porch, patio, deck or balcony.

10-14 Inches Tall
8 - 10 Inches Wide
Full Sun
Salvia 'Mojave'
Salvia 'Victoria Blue'

Add a "pop" of color to your garden with 'Victoria Blue' Salvia. 5 to 8 inch spikes of violet-blue flowers bloom profusely from late spring until frost. Among the most rewarding plants to have in the garden. Easy to grow, low maintenance and great in flower beds and as a "thriller" in containers.

18 -24 Inches Tall
12 Inches Wide
Full Sun / Lt Shade
Lantana 'Lucky Yellow'
Watch the hummingbirds flock to your yard this season. 'Lucky Yellow' has dark green foliage which contrasts beautifully with the bright yellow flowers. Ideal for small-space gardens and containers. Deer Resistant!

12-16 Inches Tall
12-14 Inches Wide
Fertilizing Questions Answered
What do the three numbers on my fertilizer stand for?

The numbers shown show the percentage of each of these components that is in the package.

Nitrogen (N): Is the first number. It promotes the green leafy growth of foliage, and provides the necessary ingredients to produce lush green plants and lawns.

Phosphate (P2O5): Is the second number. It helps with establishing root growth and is responsible for flower blooms and fruit production.

Potash (K2O): Is the third number. It helps the overall plant health. Building up strong cells within the plant tissue so the plant can withstand stressful situations such as heat, drought and pests.
Why do I need to fertilize?
There are 17 essential nutrients that plants need in order to survive. Nitrogen, Phosphate, & Potash are the top three most important. Plants derive all these nutrients naturally from the air and soil, over time the plants deplete the nutrients in the soil, if the nutrients are not replenished the plant will then start to become stressed which can lead to diseases and insect problems.  Fertilizing replenishes those lost nutrients helping your garden stay nourished and thriving.
Synthetic Fertilizers
Organic Fertilizers
What is the difference between Organic & Synthetic Fertilizers?

Organic Fertilizers: Are made from naturally occurring mineral deposits and organic material. Most Organic fertilizers are not water-soluble and are released to the plants slowly over a period of months. Organic fertilizer stimulates beneficial soil microorganisms and improves the structure of the soil.

Synthetic Fertilizers: Are made chemically processing raw materials. They are water-soluble and are a fast-acting way to jump-start plant performance but must be applied correctly so they don't injure or burn your plants. They do little to improve the soil's long-term fertility.
How often do I need to Fertilize:
Fertilizing depends on the type of plant you have and the type of fertilizer you use. Always follow the directions on the back of the fertilizer.

Avoid fertilizing during the hottest parts of the day.

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