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The store will be open 7 am - 5 pm on Memorial Day
May 2017
Issue 75
One of our former employees said that she got 10 inches of snow where she lives in Wyoming last week. I am glad it was there and not here.

For us, our frost date has passed; it is now safe to plant warm crops and annuals. Trees, shrubs, roses, perennials and fruits can all be planted safely as well.  

Remember when planting that newly planted plants need a little extra love and attention. Make sure to water them when planting and check on them every few days for any watering needs. Plants are living and will die if not given proper care.

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

What Is OUPS?
Oups is a communication link between utility companies and homeowners or businesses planning any digging activity. Examples: Trees, shrubs, pools, ponds, and new gardens.

Is It Ohio Law To Call OUPS before Digging?
Yes, her in Ohio, by law you have to contact OUPS before digging. If Wilson's is planting we will contact OUPS for the homeowner. Otherwise it is the homeowners responsibility to contact OUPS.

How Long Does It Take?
Oups needs 48 hours but no more than 10 working days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) before planting can happen.

What Happens If OUPS Is Not Called?
If OUPS is not called and a line is hit the business or homeowner will be fined for repairs.
Creating Hummingbird Havens
Provide food, water and nesting sites.
Although migratory, hummingbirds will remember your garden location if you provide a consistent source of food. Hummingbirds are extremely active with high calorie requirements.  To maintain their rapid metabolic rate, they must feed often.  Food is obtained from nectar rich flowers, feeders filled with a sugar water solution and protein in the form of tiny insects.

Plant a hummingbird garden.
In addition to providing them a natural diet, a hummingbird garden is an excellent way to attract birds to your feeder. Hummingbirds’ inquisitive nature will quickly lead them to investigate any possible new food source.  They follow regular routes and feed by sight, this process is called “traplining”. If you plan carefully and select a variety of plants that flower throughout the season, you will be rewarded with happy hummers.  When designing your garden, remember that what is pleasing to our eye is also great for catching theirs.  Arrange plants with variation in heights from shortest to tallest and group varieties and colors together for the biggest impact. 

Supply “liquid love” in hummingbird feeders.
Even the most nectar rich plants may not be able to fully deliver the amount of nectar required by hummers.  Providing a sugar water solution in a special feeder can supply an unlimited food source.  Hanging feeders will also bring these dazzling beauties into easy view from a window or deck.  Hanging a red ribbon near the feeder early in the season will help attract hummingbirds until your flowers begin to bloom.  (You do not need to add red food coloring to the sugar water solution.  Doing so is potentially harmful to the health of the hummingbirds.)  .

Lay off the chemicals.
Remember that hummingbirds eat insects. They need more than your nectar sources to survive. Do not use pesticides to wipe out the bugs in your yard. Tiny spiders and tiny flying insects might not appeal to you but they are "meat and potatoes" to a hummingbird.  In addition, hummers might directly ingest pesticides sprayed onto flowers, which could sicken or kill the birds.  If you are thinking about attracting hummingbirds to your backyard, your first step is to cease using chemicals.

Present a place to perch.
Although hummingbirds appear to be active every minute of the day, they actually spend around 4/5ths of each day perched in trees or shrubs near nectar and other food sources.  Plants with dense foliage offer protective shelter from weather and predators, providing a safe place to roost for the evening.  If you are lucky enough, you may even encounter females incubating eggs on the nest they have built!
Hummingbird Attracting Plants
  • Aesculus hippocastanum (Horsechestnut)
  • Albizia julibrissin (Mimosa)
  • Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree)
  • Prunus autumnalis (Flowering Cherry)
  • Aesculus hippocastanum x carnea (Red Horsechestnut)
  • Malus baccata, M. floribunda (Flowering Crabapple)
  • Robinia pseudoacacia (Black Locust)
  • Abelia grandiflora (Glossy Abelia)
  • Chaenomeles speciosa, C. japonica (Flowering Quince)
  • Hamamelis virginiana (Common Witch Hazel)
  • Kolkwitzia amabilis (Beauty Bush)
  • Azalea
  • Ribes aureum (Golden Currant)
  • Ribes speciosum (Red-Flowering Currant)
  • Syringa vulgaris (Lilac)
  • Weigela florida (Cardinal Shrub)
  • Aesculus pavia var. pavia (Red Buckeye)
  • Cephalanthus occidentalis (Buttonbush)
  • Elaegnus umbellate (Autumn Olive)
  • Hibiscus (Rose Of Sharon)
  • Rhododendron
  • Ribes sanguineum (Gooseberry)
  • Symphoricarpos albus (Snowberry)
  • Viburnum
  • Agastache (Hyssop)
  • Aquilegia (Columbine)
  • Chelone (Turtlehead)
  • Delphinium (Larkspur)
  • Digitalis (Foxglove)
  • Heuchera (Coral Bells)
  • Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker)
  • Lobelia (Cardinal Flower)            
  • Monarda (Bee Balm, Bergamot)
  • Phlox
  • Silene (Pink)
  • Saponaria officinalis (Soapwort
  • Alcea rosea (Hollyhock)
  • Asclepias (Butterfly Weed, Milkweed)
  • Buddleia (Butterfly Bush)
  • Crocosmia (Crocosima ‘Lucifer’
  • Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Hosta
  • Liatris (Gay Feather, Blazing Star)
  • Mertensia viginica (Virginia Bluebells)
  • Penstemon
  • Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant)
  • Alstromeria (Princess Lily)
  • Canna
  • Impatiens
  • Pentas
  • Comfrey
  • Lantana
  • Nasturtium
  • Salvia
  • Tihonia (Mexican Sunflower)
  • Zinnia
  • Snapdragon
  • Gladiolus
  • Sage
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Herbal Recipes
Sliced Baked Potatoes
4 medium potatoes
1 tsp. salt
2 to 3 tbsp. melted butter
2 to 3 tbsp. chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, chives and thyme
2 to 3 tbsp. dried herbs of your choice
4 tbsp. grated cheddar cheese
1½ tbsp. parmesan cheese

Peel potatoes if the skin is tough, otherwise, just scrub and rinse them. Cut potatoes into thin slices, but not all the way through. Use a handle of a spoon to prevent knife from cutting all the way. Put potatoes in a baking dish. Fan them out slightly. Sprinkle with salt and drizzle with butter. Sprinkle with herbs.
    Bake potatoes at 425 degrees for about 50 minutes. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with cheeses. Bake for another 10 to 15 minutes until lightly browned, cheeses are melted and potatoes are soft inside.
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Growing Sweet Corn
Besides its popular use as corn-on-the cob, sweet corn can be used in scalloped dishes, succotash, relishes, fritters, soups and chowders.

Sweet corn should be planted after the danger of frost is past. Plant seeds 1 inch deep and 9-12 inches apart in rows 30-36 inches apart.

For sufficient pollination do not plant long rows, but instead plant in short blocks at least three to 4 rows wide.

When plants are 3 to 4 inches tall, thin them so they are 8-12 inches apart.

Plants require at least 1 inch of water per week when temperatures are warm. and growth is rapid.

Keep garden free of weeds. Be careful when weeding to avoid damage to corns root system. Use mulch to conserve moisture and to keep weeds at a minimum.

Corn is ready to be picked as soon as the ears have completely filled out. Feel the end of the ear if it's rounded or blunt rather than pointed, the ears are ready. The silks will also dry up when the ears are almost ready.

If you don't trust your judgment, you can pull back a bit of the husk and check to see if the ear looks well filled and the kernels are creamy yellow or white. Pierce a kernel with your thumb nail to test for ripeness. If the liquid inside is watery, the ear isn't quite ready. If the liquid is white or "milky," then it is ready to pick.

As a warning once you open an immature ear, it's susceptible to insect and bird attacks as it continues to ripen. It is best to judge by feeling the ends of the ears.
Pull ears downward and twist to take off stalk.

After Harvest:
Sugar loss from harvested sweet corn is rapid at high temperatures; therefore, the crop should be cooled as quickly as possible if kept for any length of time. Keep in a moist environment and at a temperature as close to 32 degrees F as possible.
Gardening Terms
Epiphyte: A plant which grows on another plant but gets its nourishment from the air and rainfall. They do no damage to the host plant.
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