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January 2020
Issue 129
Hello Great Gardeners,

I hope you are having a great start to your new year. We spent New Year's Eve at Kings Island. It was the first time in years that I have stayed up until midnight someplace else other than at home. Most of the time, we are in bed before midnight hits.

This year I have a goal I signed up for a program that tracks how many miles you walk and cycle. The program has a 2,020-mile virtual race, and my goal is to complete this race by the time I turn 40 on December 26, 2020. The track goes from Miami, Florida to Maine. So far, I have completed 85 miles. 

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

The other day my dog came into the house with a tick on him, and I realized that I had not updated his flea and tick medicine this past month. Usually, this time of year, ticks are hibernating, and we do not think about them being out and about. With the warmer temperatures, though, they have not gone into hibernation mode, making them a nuisance even now.

Ticks live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas. They also love to live on our pets. To reduce tick populations in your yard, follow the steps below.
  • Mow: Keep your yard mowed and do not allow brush or leaf litter to accumulate.
  • Weed: Remove brush, tall weeds, and grass to eliminate the habitat of rodents and other small mammals, which serve as hosts for ticks.
  • Border: Place a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick migration into recreational areas.
  • Deter Deer & Mice: Deer and mice are the most common wildlife that carry ticks. Take steps to discourage these visitors by choosing plants that deer won't eat, use fences to keep wildlife away, and clean up trash, so it does not attract mice.
  • Love your Opossums: Opossums are resistant to rabies. They can also kill about 5,000 ticks in a season.
In Spring:
  • Plant Tick Repelling Herbs: Due to their smell, ticks tend to avoid these plants.
    • Garlic
    • Mint
    • Rosemary
    • Lavender
    • Basil
    • Sage
    • Wormwood
    • Catnip
    • Chrysanthemums
Covering Roses
This winter so far has not been like years of the past when we get cold, and it stays cold. Temperatures have been in the mid-'40s to 50's for much of December and January. Many people have wondered about covering their roses, but I have been hesitant to say yes cover them. If the covers do not get adequately vented during the day time when temperatures rise, then new growth can start on the plants. This new growth will not survive until spring. It looks like on the weather app that after the 15th of January, the temperatures are going to drop and stay down. If you have not already covered your roses, I would say cover them. Please note: Shrub roses and knock out roses do not need to be covered. If temperatures rise back up, then vent the covers by lifting one side and putting it back down at night.
Boston Ferns
Boston Fern
10 Inch Hanging Baskets

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Boston Ferns make an excellent addition to the home, adding an elegant charm and classic beauty unlike any other houseplant available.
This voluptuous, easy-care, fern grows just as well on porches and patios as it does gracing your front hall or living room. Boston ferns produce graceful arching branches covered with soft, emerald-green fronds. Indoors, Boston ferns will also help remove toxins such as formaldehyde from the air.
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