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July 2016
Issue 60
Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

The temperatures by next week are going to be rising into the upper 90's. If you have to spray any kind of insecticides or fertilize you want to do it in the early morning or late evening when temperatures have gone down. Spraying or fertilizing during the hottest part of the day will cause the plants to burn and cause undue stress on the plant. It is best to wait until daytime temperatures drop back to the 80's to do any spraying.  I hate to constantly harp about watering, but it is important to water, especially newly planted plants.

This past week we went to the Cultivate Trade show in Columbus for the Greens Industry. I will be posting pictures throughout next few months on our Facebook page of all the new and exciting things we saw there. Check out our Facebook page to see them.

I have had many questions lately asking about my daughter. She is doing well. We are going for a checkup this week with the neurologist. We will not know until her next MRI if the radiation has actually helped yet or not.

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

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Did You Know?
Today's gardeners are always trying to grow the biggest tomato, watermelon or pumpkin.

  Back in the 1800's the prize of every gardener was a gigantic turnip. 

Thirty pounders were quite common and a grower in California was said to have grown a turnip of over 100 lbs. in 1850.
New For 2016!
Cardinal Flower 'Starship Deep Rose'
Features showy spikes of rose flowers rising above the foliage from mid summer to early fall.

This native bloomer will attract hummingbirds and butterflies into your garden and landscape.
Deer Resistant!

20- 24 Inches Tall
12-24 Inches Wide
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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.

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Stanley M. Rowe Arboretum
4600 Muchmore Rd
Cincinnati, Ohio. 45243

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Tomato Hornworm
Tomato Hornworms are the caterpillar to the sphinx or hawk moth.

They are one of the most destructive pests in the garden, quickly defoliating tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and peppers.
Their protective markings make them very hard to see and damage may be seen long before you actually find the culprit.
The best way to get rid of them is to pick them off and squish them, drown them, or cut them up. A lot of people say to feed them to your chickens if you have them.
Tomato Hornworm's natural enemies are parasitic wasps which lay their eggs on the hornworm’s back. If found, such worms should be left in the garden so the emerging wasps can parasitize other hornworms.

As a last resort use Diatomaceous Earth or Captan Jack's in the garden. They are both organic and can be used around vegetables.
Blossom End Rot
Blossom end rot is not just a tomato thing, it can happen to peppers, cucumbers, and eggplants as well. 

Blossom end rot is caused by calcium deficiency, usually induced by fluctuations in the plant's water supply.  To help prevent blossom end rot follow the tips below:
  • Maintain consistent levels of moisture in the soil throughout the growing season by giving your plants adequate water. Water thoroughly at root zone in the morning to prevent diseases. Tomato plants need about 1.5 inches of water per week during fruiting. Extreme fluctuations in soil moisture can result in a greater incidence of blossom end rot.
  • Mulch will help maintain even moisture.
  • Allow soil to warm before planting; cold soils limit nutrient uptake.
  • Avoid fertilizers high in nitrogen. Fertilize tomatoes with Tomato-Tone which has additional calcium needed by tomatoes. It works great on peppers, as well! Master Nursery Bumper Crop Fertilizer is another fertilizer that can be used on both Tomatoes and Vegetables.
Five Deer Resistant Perennials
For The Sunny Area
Deer populations and deer taste preferences are variable, and if you have large herds with limited food supply, you are more likely to experience deer damage.

We can not guarantee that a plant will not get eaten, but these plants tend to be less "tasty" to them.

Yarrow is a hardy and versatile perennial with fern-like leaves and colorful blooms. The flowers are also favored by crafters, as they are easy to dry and arrange into a number of artistic pieces.

According to legends Yarrow was named after Achilles, the Greek mythical hero who was said to have brought the plant into existence.
  It has also been used through out the years as a talisman to protect oneself and others from evil.

Yarrow works well in borders, rock gardens, or wildflower meadows.

Coneflowers are native to North America and were considered the jewels of the prairie where they would be seen mixing and mingling with grasses and other wildflowers.

Their abundant blooms attract butterflies and birds to the garden and are great for arranging in bouquets.

Coneflowers are considered a symbol of strength. Giving one to someone as a gift, means that you are wishing them well.
Butterfly Bush

Hummingbirds and butterflies are seduced by the nectar rich flowers.
Just when we need a breath of fresh air in the late summer heat, they happily burst into bloom. At a time when many other plants are already spent, Buddleias are just beginning their show.

Prized for its dependable nature and colorful, daisy-like flowers. These easy-to-grow natives bring vibrant color and bloom time to the summer garden.

Coreopsis is considered a relative to the Sunflower and symbolizes cheerfulness. 

Provide a sunny, well-drained site and you'll be rewarded with bountiful flowers.

Speedwell is a carefree and easy to grow perennial with long spikes of purple or blue flowers. Great for hummingbird and butterfly gardens.

In old folklore, people believed that these plants attracted lightening, and that having Veronica in the home during a storm might lead to the house being struck and catching fire.

In modern times Veronica is associated with "Marital Fidelity" and is often given as a gift on anniversaries and at wedding ceremonies.
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