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September 2017
Issue 82
Good Afternoon Great Gardeners,

I am sure everyone is wondering when fall is going to come. Well, fall is here and unfortunately mother nature decided to bring back summer. With these 90 degree days, not only is it important to keep yourself hydrated, but your plants as well. Included in this email are some important watering tips. Check out below.

On another note, thank you to everyone that came to the Ladies' Night Out, as well as our Fall Into Autumn event. We hope you had fun.

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

Barefoot McCoy
Painting With Ryan
Ladies' Night Out
Ladies' Night Out
Watering Tips To Keep Your Plants Healthy & Thriving
Balancing plant water needs is like having a healthy diet. Everything should be consumed in moderation. Provide your plants with enough water for good health, but don't flood them with it.
Drainage Test:
The best way to know how water behaves in your soil is to dig a test hole one to two feet deep and fill with water. If it drains away in an hour or two you have excellent drainage. If it drains overnight, you have adequate drainage. If it stands any longer, you have poor drainage.
Rain Gauge:
Set a rain gauge in an open area of your garden to learn how much water your garden receives in a week. After each rainfall, check the depth of the rain inside.
Water In The Morning:
Watering in the mornings gives plants a chance absorb the moisture before the hot sun or strong winds evaporate the water. It also allows the leaves to dry before evening. Frequent wet foliage during the night can lead to fungal diseases.
Water Only When Needed:
Water timers are a great invention, but you should not automatically water your lawn and garden without checking the moisture. Too much water can be just as damaging to plants as too little water. Before watering, check your garden's soil moisture with your finger. Push it into the ground around your plants. You want the top 2 or 3 inches of the soil to be dry, and the soil below that to be moist.
Finger Test:
If the soil clings to your fingers and feels moist to touch, don't water. If, soil falls loosely off your fingers and is dry to the touch, then water.
Water Deeply:
The best way to water is to apply at a rate that the soil will absorb without runoff.  By watering deeply the first season, you'll help your plants to grow deep root systems.  Newly planted plants may need to be watered more often for the first few weeks. Check on them daily, but only water if needed. Continue monitoring water needs until the ground freezes. Roots are still actively growing and need moisture even when the plants have dropped their leaves.
Trees & Shrubs:
In order to encourage healthy root growth you need to provide enough water to soak the entire root ball. An open hose placed at the base of a tree with the water flowing slowly will provide needed water to the root zone. A thorough watering should last 30-60 minutes, depending on the size of the root ball.
In hot weather containers may need to be watered every day sometimes twice a day depending on the size of the pot. Water until the water comes out the drainage hole at the bottom. It is important to remember not to let containers sit in water. Always make sure their saucers are empty and that you have good drainage.  Remember that you will need to feed your container plants frequently as the fertilizer will leach out of the soil ball with frequent watering.
Mulching reduces surface runoff and slows evaporation along with reducing weed problems. As an added bonus mulching may also prevent certain kinds of soil diseases from coming into contact with your plants leaves, and it makes the garden look tidy, too.
Monarch Catepillars
Two weeks ago five monarch caterpillars took up residence on our milkweed outside the front of the store.

One caterpillar made its chrysalis near the exit door and the others are hidden in the flower beds.

Pictured above is the  caterpillar when it was getting ready to go into the chrysalis (left hand side) and now, a day or so away from hatching (right hand side).
Fall Color
Winterberry 'Winter Red'

Abundant large bright red berries persisting into winter. Superior contrast against snow. Dark glossy green foliage turns bronze in fall. Excellent for mass effect and shrub borders. Tolerates moist soils. Use 'Southern Gentleman' for male pollinator.

Native To North America
5-9 Feet Tall
5-8 Feet Wide
What Is That Bug?
Stink Bugs
Also known as the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), or simply the stink bug. It is considered an agricultural pest and can cause widespread damage to fruit and vegetable crops.
Keeping Stink Bugs Out Of The Garden
Keep areas around gardens clear of tall grass, brambles, downed limbs and other natural litter to deny a place to over winter.

Garden Safe Insecticidal Soap Insect Killer and Bonide Neem Oil are also effective against stink bugs, especially early in the season.

When stink bugs are expected, especially as crops approach harvest, use row covers to prevent them from gaining access.

Encourage beneficial insects to the garden. Stinkbugs have many natural enemies, such as praying mantis, ladybugs, lacewings and minute pirate bugs.  Limit their numbers by attracting these beneficial creatures to the area.
Keeping Out Of Home
To survive the winter it invades homes in the fall entering under siding, into soffits, around window and door frames, or any space which has openings big enough to fit through.
Simple tips from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

Caulk windows inside and out

Weather strip entry doors and/or install door sweeps if daylight is visible around the perimeter of the door.

Rake away all debris and edible vegetation from your home's foundation to keep from attracting pests.

Inspect for and seal foundation cracks to block a potential point of entry.

Secure crawlspace entries.

When insulating exposed plumbing pipes around the foundation or the crawlspace of your home, caulk small gaps and fill larger ones with steel wool.

If your home has a fireplace, cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out pests.

The best way to control them - squash them (you'll quickly find out how they got their name!). If you're a little squeamish, vacuuming is another option.
Current Specials
Landscape Sale
$20 Off

for every
$100 (before tax)
or more purchase of
Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Roses, Fruit Trees
& Small Fruits

Does Not Include:
Annuals, House Plants (i.e. Citrus, Cactus, Succulents, Tropical), Herbs, Vegetables, Mums (i.e. Igloo, tricolor or garden), Asters or any other plants not designated.
Sorry, No Prior Purchases Are Eligible!
Sale Ends September 30th!
Herbal Recipes
Catnip Cookies for Kitty
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup soy flour
1 tsp. catnip
2 tbsp. wheat germ
1/3 cup powdered milk
1 tbsp. molasses
1 egg
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together all ingredients, adding flour gradually. Drop on cookie sheet in 1 tbsp. size balls. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
If you have a recipe you'd like to share send it to
Upcoming Events
Painting With Ryan
Saturday, October 14th
Time: 2 pm
Cost: $25

(Limit of 15 participants)

Join us in creating a fall pumpkin or an OSU print-you choose.  We provide all the supplies and step-by-step instruction of the featured art. You go home with your very own masterpiece. Ryan Failor graduated with a BFA in painting and drawing from Ohio State University.
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

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Monday - Saturday:
9 am - 6 pm
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