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December 2017
Issue 87
Hello Great Gardener,

From my family to yours have a safe and Merry Christmas.

Wilson's will be open 9 am - 4 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Our hours will change after Christmas; please see below.

Don't forget 2017 Hurry Back Bucks expire December 31st.
As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, hit reply. I would love to hear from you. Have a great-gardening day.

Keeping Your Houseplants Healthy All Winter
Houseplants are a great way to keep the winter time blues at bay. Researchers recommend using one good-sized houseplant in a 6 to 8-inch diameter container for every 100 square feet of your home. Keeping the plants thriving during the winter can be tricky, but here are a few tips to keep them healthy and alive:
Water Only When Needed: Watering can become an issue during the winter time, as many people try to water as they did during the summer. In the winter, plants slow down their metabolism. They don't take up as much water, fertilizer or actively grow as much as they do during the warm summer months. Therefore, it is essential to cut back on watering. To tell if a plant needs a drink, stick your finger down into the soil. If it is moist, do not water.

When watering use warm water, but not hot. Avoid cold water which can shock the plant's system. Do not use water from a water softener to avoid salt build up.
Humidity: If you notice the houseplant's leaves are turning brown on the tips, it may be due to low humidity in your home or from salt build up in the soil. Use a humidifier or create humidity in the air by filling a saucer with pebbles and then adding water to it. Place the plant on the pebbled surface making sure that it is not sitting in the water.

Another way to boost humidity is by misting the plants every few days. Avoid any plants that have fuzzy leaves.
Dusting: Plants breathe through stomata or little pores in their leaves and just like human pores they can become clogged over time. Take a wet rag once a month and wipe off the surface of the leaves to unclog them. Avoid any plants with fuzzy leaves.

Another way to clean the leaves is by sticking the plant into a shower and rinsing it off.
Trimming: As they grow, plants will shed old leaves while new leaves come on. Trim off dead leaves and old blooms to keep the plant healthy.
Classes In The New Year
Ruth, our events coordinator, is thinking Spring. She wanted me to ask through email what you think would be a fun class to attend here at Wilson's?
New For 2017!
Nectar Dots
A new fad that is sweeping the nation is Nectar Dots. Nectar Dots are handheld hummingbird feeders allowing you to sit and feed a hummingbird by hand.
$4.99 each
Now In Stock!
Herbal Recipes
Chocolate Mint Cake
40 fresh chocolate mint leaves
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 tbsp. vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1¼ tsp. baking powder
1¼ tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1½ cups buttermilk

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour 13x9x2 inch baking pan. Layer chocolate mint leaves in the bottom of the baking pan. In a large bowl beat together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy. In another bowl, stir flour, cocoa, powder and soda. Gradually add to butter mixture until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan over the mint leaves. Bake 30-35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Put cake in the freezer and freeze overnight. Take cake from freezer and carefully peel the mint Leaves off of the cake. While the cake is still frozen, slice into three layers. Frost with chocolate mint frosting.

Chocolate Mint Frosting
5 tbsp. light cream
1/4 cup chopped, fresh chocolate mint leaves
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup cocoa

In a small saucepan, combine cream and mint. Heat to almost boiling. Remove from heat and let steep until cool. Strain, pressing all the cream out of the mint leaves. Discard leaves. In a small mixer bowl, add butter, sugar, vanilla, cocoa and cooled cream. Beat until frosting is creamy and of spreading consistency. Spread frosting between layers, on top and around the edge of the cake. Garnish as desired with chocolate mint leaves and edible flowers.

If you have a recipe you'd like to share send it to
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

December 1st - 23rd Hours:
Monday - Saturday:
9 am - 6 pm
11 am - 6 pm

December 24th & 31st:
9 am - 4 pm

Closed December 25th & 26th

December 27th - 30th:
9 am - 5 pm
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