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January 2018
Issue 89
Hello Great Gardener,

There are only 47 days until Spring is officially here! If you feel like I do, it can't get here fast enough.

Mother nature has been pretty brutal this winter, with many cold and snowy days. Do not be surprised if some of your plants show winter damage. Plants are living beings, and not all of them have the same hardiness (the ability to survive unfavorable growing conditions).

In this edition of the Wilson Buzz, I am going to talk to you about Zones and how to read a plant tag. This is important information for you to know when looking for new plants this coming Spring.
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 Are Zones?
Have you ever looked at a tag on a plant and wondered what the term "Zone" actually means?

Each area and state has different weather conditions when it comes to growing plants. Just like the country being divided up into different time zones, there are also different growing zones called Hardiness Zones. They are a guideline by which you can determine which plants are most likely to survive in your area year round.

Example: Plants that survive year-round in Florida such as citrus and oleanders will not survive in Ohio outside during the winter. They would die.

There are 13 different zones in the United States, and each separate zone is broken up into smaller categories (a) and (b).

The map shown above is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10 degree F zones and the smaller (a) and (b) categories by 5 degree F zones.
According to the map, Newark Ohio is considered zone 6a. This means that plants that survive down to -5 to -10 degrees below zero can live through our winter. We do however, tell people to err on the side of caution when buying plants for zone 6. Especially since some of our winters can get down to -20 below. Generally, an little extra winter protection will help get those plants through a colder winter.

So when looking at the tag, zones 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 can survive in our area through the winter. Zone 6 depends on the winter, and any other zones are considered annuals and will not survive our winters.

For more information on other states hardiness zones check out the link below.
Reading The Plant Tag
There are many terms to understand when it comes to gardening. When shopping for plants, it is essential to read the tag that comes with it before purchasing. The tag contains all the necessary growing information.

Here are some terms you may encounter:

Annuals are plants that grow only one season. They will not survive our winters here in Ohio. Examples are; Petunias, Impatiens, and Marigolds.

Perennials are plants that come back year after year. Some examples are Hosta, Coneflowers, and Daylilies. Please be aware; some plant companies make a universal tag that goes with the plant. Yes, it may be a perennial somewhere in the country according to them. We have no control over this kind of tag, so always make sure to check the zone of the plant you intend to buy.

Biennials are plants that grow foliage the first year, flower the second year and then die away after the second year. Biennials ten to reseed themselves in the garden, but not always in the same spot they were originally located. Examples of some biennials are foxgloves and hollyhocks.
Deep Or Dense Shade, Full Shade:
Look for this on the north sides of buildings and walls or under trees with low branches and dense leaves. Less than 3 hours of direct sunlight each day, with filtered sunlight during the rest of the day. Full shade does not mean any sun. There aren't many plants that can survive in the dark.

Partial Shade:
Find this in areas that get direct morning sun (on the east side of buildings) or afternoon sun (on the west side of structures) but none at midday, from about 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Light Shade, Dappled Shade:
Look for this under trees with high branches or sparse foliage.

Part Sun:
Same as partial shade - except plants that like part sun also tolerate midday sun.

Full Sun:
These places receive direct sunlight for at least 6 hours or more each day, including some or all of the midday hours.
Height and Width:
The height and width are the estimated size that the mature plant will become. Growth may take many seasons if it is a perennial or only one season if it is an annual.

Spacing tells how many inches or feet the plant needs between another of the same kind of plant. If plants are planted too closely together, they can hinder each other from growing.

Habit indicates the shape of the plant. Some plants grow straight up, others are mounding and some trail along the ground.

Other things you might find on a plant tag are watering conditions and fertilizing requirements.
Pantone Color Of The Year
This years Patone color of the year is
Ultra Violet

Violet is linked with royalty and symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It communicates wealth and extravagance. Violet signifies wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.
Pre-Order Roses
Get a jump start on your rose garden for Spring 2018.

You can now pre-order Roses on our website.
Pre-Order Boston Ferns
10 Inch Boston Fern Hanging Baskets
Pre-Order Online For Pickup Between
April 9th – 15th 2018
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2 for $25
(Regular $19.99 each)

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Stock Up On
Enviro Bricks
EnviroBricks are additive free, kiln-dried, compressed hardwood bricks used for home heating fuel in wood burning stoves, wood burning fireplaces, outdoor firepits, camping and cooking.
Easy, clean storage with no bugs and less debris.
Burns hotter, longer and creates less smoke, ash and creosote than cordwood.
96 pkgs = 1 skid
1 skid = 1 cord of wood

$3.19 a Package
3 Packages for $9
10 Packages for $27
Skid (96 Packages) $229.00
Herbal Recipes
Beef Mushroom Stew
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2½ to 3 lb. beef round steak, cut into cubes
2 tbsp. cooking oil
1 cup burgundy wine or beef broth
3/4 cup water
1 8 oz. jar whole mushrooms, drained
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 bay leaves
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp. dried parsley flakes
Cooked rice or noodles
Place flour, salt and pepper in a plastic bag. Add beef cubes and shake to coat on all sides. Brown beef in oil in a large saucepan. Stir in burgundy wine or broth, water, mushrooms, onion, bay leaves, garlic and parsley. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1½ hours or until meat is tender. Thicken if desired. Serve over rice or noodles. 8-10 servings.
If you have a recipe you'd like to share send it to
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10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

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