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December 2020
Issue 142
Hello Great Gardeners,

Lordy, Lordy, look who is going to be 40 (Dec. 26th). I can't believe that it is coming up in a few days. I technically wasn't due until the 29th, but my mom got mad at my Grandma. Long story short, she got so upset she went into labor on Christmas day, and the rest is now history. I was stubborn, though, and didn't make my appearance until 8:00 pm on the 26th.

On another note, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas. Please stay safe and don't drink and drive.

The store will be closed on December 25th & 26th to allow our employees to spend time with their families. See below for store hours after Christmas.
As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, hit reply. I would love to hear from you. Have a great-gardening day.

Fungus Gnats On Houseplants
The adult fungus gnat is about 1/8 inch long, a delicate, dark-colored fly that may be seen flying around the soil. Fungus gnat adults do not cause damage; their larvae (white and about ¼ inch long) cause plant damage by feeding on houseplants' tender roots.

  • The most important strategy to minimize fungus gnat problems is to allow the growing medium to dry between watering, especially the top 1 to 2 inches. This not only kills larvae and inhibits the development of eggs, but it also makes the soil less attractive to egg-laying females. Fungus gnats like damp soils; be careful not to overwater during winter months when plants are mostly dormant.
  • Sticky Stakes & Strips: This natural pest control trap contains no pesticides and is fully disposable.
  • Mosquito Bits: Can be used as a top-dressing or soil additive to kill fungus gnats without harming people, pets, or plants.
  • Bonide Systemic Houseplant Insect Control: This product is absorbed by the roots and moves through the entire plant. Avoid using it if you have animals that like to chew on plants.
Mealy Bugs On Houseplants
Mealybugs are hard to get rid of once you have them. Early detection is the key to plant survival.

Severe infestations look like patches of cotton on the plant. During the feeding process, they excrete lots of wax (known as honeydew) and can lead to the growth of sooty mold if left on the plant. The excretion is used for protection while they suck the plant juices. It is also a place where they hide their eggs. It takes about ten days for the Eggs to hatch, producing crawlers or nymphs.

What To Look For
  • Look for a fluffy white wax produced in the leaf axils or on the stems and branches of the plant.
  • The plant will start to lose its vigor, and the leaves will turn yellow and eventually drop. As a result, it may the plant may be stunted or even killed.
The best control for mealybugs is defensive. Healthy, vigorous plants are less likely to be infested than weak ones.
  • Water: Works well in the early stages of infestation. Blast the bugs off with a steady stream. Repeat every day until they are gone.
  • Insecticidal Soap: Such as Natria Insecticidal Soap RTU. Follow instructions on the back of the bottle. This product is a contact spray, so bugs have to be present for it to work. Safe to use around pets and children.
  • Bonide Neem Oil: Safe around pets and children. It can be sprayed on plants following directions on the back of the bottle. Bugs must be present for it to work.
  • Bonide Systemic Houseplant Insect Control: This chemical gets soaked up into the plant, and if the bugs chew on the plant, they will die. The bottle says it can prevent bugs for up to two months. Just follow directions on the bottle for use. This product is not organic and needs to be kept out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw Out Plant: If infestation is to the point of beyond control. Your best option is to pitch the plant into the garbage. Do not compost.
If left untreated, mealybugs will spread to other plants in the house.
New Years Tradition
Eating Sauerkraut on New Year's Eve is a long-standing tradition in Germany. It is believed that eating Sauerkraut will bring blessings and wealth for the new year. Before the meal, those seated at the table wish each other as much goodness and money as the number of shreds of cabbage in the pot of Sauerkraut.
Hurry Back Bucks
2020 Hurry Back Bucks
expire December 31st
Garlic Bread Dee-Light Butter
1 - Stick Softened Butter
1 - Package Garlic Bread Butter Blends
1 - Loaf French Bread

Blend mix and one stick of softened butter.
Blend until smooth. Refrigerate for one hour before serving.

Slice loaf of french bread lengthwise or in slices, spread blended butter on cut sides. Broil for a few minutes until bread is lightly toasted and butter melted.
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Wacky Twists Bacon Cheddar Pretzel Seasoning
1 Package Of Seasoning
1/2 Cup Vegetable Or Canola Oil
1lb Bag Of Pretzels

In a mixing bowl, combine contents of package with 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil, blend till smooth.

Add 1lb bag of pretzels to the mixing bowl and stir until all pretzels are coated with the oil mixture. Let rest for 20 minutes, then stir again to redistribute the oil mixture. Repeat until no longer wet.
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Cheese & Veggie Tostaditas
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 12 to 15 minutes 

* 1/2 cup Mrs. Renfro’s Craft Beer Salsa
* 1/2 cup shredded Pepper-Jack or Mexican blend cheese
* 1/3 cup coarsely chopped ripe olives
* 2 tablespoons frozen or canned corn kernels
* 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
* 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
* 24 round seasoned or plain tortilla chips
Sour cream and guacamole
Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Stir together salsa, cheese, olives, corn, cilantro and green onions in a small bowl
Place tortilla chips on baking sheet and top with equal amounts of vegetable mixture
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until chips are crispy and lightly browned.
Makes 8 appetizer servings.
Recipe courtesy of Patty Mastracco, http://idofood.com/

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Newark, Ohio. 43055

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Closed December 25th & 26th
Store Hours:

Sunday Dec. 27th
8 am - 5 pm
December 28th - 30th: *
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New Year's Eve:
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Closed January 1st & 2nd
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