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September 2016
Issue 63
Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

With cooler temperatures headed our way here in the next week it is time to turn our thoughts back to our gardens. Remove any declining annuals and replace them with fall mums, perennials, ornamental kale or cabbage, and pansies. (Pansies will be available end of Sept.)

Don't forget to add a new tree or shrub to the garden as well. 

Stay alert for yellow jackets, wasps and hornets as you work in the garden. They have been especially aggressive this year.

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

We will close at 4 pm on September 15th for Ladies' Nite Out. Doors will reopen at 5:30 pm for those who have tickets for the event.
Landscape Sale!
$20 off $100
$40 off $200
$60 off $300

or more purchase of Trees, Shrubs, Roses, Fruits or Perennials.

(Does Not Include: Asters, Mums, Herbs, Annuals, House Plants or Bower & Branch Online Trees)

Now Through
September 30th
Did You Know?
Northern Red Oak
One tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles.
Up Coming Events!
Wilson's Community Farmer's Market

Every Thursday
3 pm - 6 pm

There will be no Farmer's Market On September 15th due to Ladies' Nite Out!
24th & 25th
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September  Garden Chores
  • Stop fertilizing at this time to allow plants to harden off for winter.
  • Stop pruning roses allowing old blossoms to form rose hips.
  • Divide any perennials that need dividing.
  • Prepare to bring in your houseplants. Start debugging them by adding a systemic bug killer to the soil (Bonide Systemic Insect Control For House Plants)  and also spraying with insecticidal soap (Garden Safe Insecticidal Soap). This needs to be done before night time temperatures go below 50 degrees.
  • If the season was hard on your lawn, prepare for reseeding or over-seeding. Make sure to water your grass seeding until the grass has emerged and started to grow.
  • Maintain a proper watering schedule.
  • Fall is a great time to plant trees & shrubs.
Perennial Grass
Peppermint Stick
Japanese Blood Grass
Hot Rod
Ornamental grasses can play dramatic roles in almost any garden plot, capturing the radiance of a sunbeam, murmuring in a breeze, and dancing in a ballet. They are never static, weaving in movement and texture throughout the seasons.

Once established, most ornamental grasses are reliably drought-tolerant; many prefer sun, but some thrive in partial shade; they all dislike fertilizers and want little care aside from an annual cutting-back before they start growing in springtime; and deer, disease, and insects generally avoid them.

Listed below is a selection of some of our favorite grasses that we have to offer. There is a size and type for every home garden.

'Burgundy Bunny'

This gorgeous little cutie starts out with bright green, spiky leaves in spring, and then, as early summer arrives, eye-catching carmine and auburn highlights begin to develop at the leaf tips. As the plants grow, the coloration extends to eventually become a really neat looking, upright vase shaped clump of deep wine red foliage. (Grows 12 -16 inches tall)
2 Gallon - $19.99
Burgundy Bunny
Pennisetum 'Hameln'
Showy, silvery to pinkish-white, wheat-like flower spikes arch outward from the clump in late summer like water spraying from a fountain. Flowers that look like 'feather-bristles' truly gives a fountain like appearance. Leaves are deep green in summer, changing to golden-bronze in fall and eventually to beige in late fall. (Grows 24 inches tall)

2 Gallon - $19.99
Pennisetum 'Red Head' 
Is an impressive new grass and is the largest flowering of all the Fountain Grasses! When planted in masses, Red Head creates a dramatic wave of color in the landscape, especially when the wind blows.
(Grows 3-4 feet tall)

3 Gallon - $29.99
Red Head
Miscanthus 'Cabaret'
Rich green blades have milky-white stripes, Making this grass quite showy. Copper-colored plumes appear above the foliage in early fall, age to a cream color on stems that blush pink as they mature. A bold accent or focal point for the garden. (Grows 6-7 feet tall)
3 Gallon - $29.99
Miscanthus 'Gracillimus'
is one of the oldest and perhaps the most widely known of the miscanthus varieties. Desired for its finely narrow foliage and gracefully round form. Blooms are an attractive copper-red color. Excellent for garden, landscape, screening or at water's edge. (Grows 4-6 feet tall)
3 Gallon - $29.99
Growing Garlic
Garlic can be planted in the fall (6-8 weeks before hard frost) or in Early Spring (March or April)

Plant in an area that gets 6 or more hours of direct sunlight per day.

Garlic needs good drainage and loamy, fertile soil in order to grow. Prepare soil a couple of weeks before planting by tilling in compost or bumper crop into the garden bed.

Break heads into individual cloves. Plant only the biggest cloves from the head. One clove per hole, 5 to 6 inches apart, with the tips up. Cover with 1 1/2 to 2 inches of soil. Each clove will grow into one head when mature.

Place a layer of mulch over top of the soil. This helps protect the bulbs during the winter along with keeping weeds at bay in the spring. Garlic is very sensitive to weeds so make sure to keep your garden well weeded.

In spring shoots will emerge through the ground. Be careful not to pull them out thinking they are a weed.

Water garlic regularly during the leaf production state keeping the soil moist, but not soggy.  Lack of water can result in smaller bulb size. Stop watering a couple weeks before harvest.

Fertilize with a high nitrogen fertilizer 2 to 3 times in spring.

Remove any scapes that form by cutting them off at the top leaf. Scapes can be used in cooking

Harvest time usually takes place late July or August depending on when you planted.

The green leaves start to die from the bottom up. When the bottom 3 or 4 leaves are dead and the top 5 or 6 are still green, it’s time to lift the bulbs. If you're not sure, dig a bulb or two and check. A mature bulb is fully swelled, well sized and has some partially decomposed wrappers.

Carefully lift bulbs with spade or garden fork. Do not pull plants out by stems this will damage the heads.

Harvest during early morning or late evening and not during the hottest part of the day.

Bundle the garlic plants in bunches of 4 to 6 plants with twine and hang them to cure in a shady area out of direct sun and rain. In order to cure the bulbs need good air circulation.

Curing can take 2-4 weeks. They are ready to store when the wrappers are dry and papery and the roots are completely dry. It is essential that garlic be well cured before going into storage.

Once the garlic is cured trim leaves to 1 1/2 to 2 inches from the head of the garlic. Trim the roots to 1/4 inch and lightly brush off the outer layer of dirt making sure not to damage the head. Remove only the dirtiest outer layers if necessary.  The papery wrapping protects the garlic and keeps it fresh. Do not break the head until you are ready to use it.

Store garlic in a location with good air circulation will extend its shelf life. Do not store in plastic bags or sealed containers. Keep away from sunlight and moisture to avoid sprouting.

Garlic is used largely as a condiment and as flavoring in gravies, tomato sauces, soups, stews, pickles, salads, salad dressing and breads. Garlic powder is made from ground dehydrated cloves and is used widely as a substitute for fresh garlic. Garlic powder is also used by the meat packing industry in prepared meats.
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