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March 2020
Issue 144
Hello Great Gardeners,

It has been a while since I last have written an e-newsletter. We are gearing up here at the store for our spring season.

We have had a ton of questions here in the last few weeks. I hope to answer some of them here for you.

1. Are you open?
Yes, we are open year-round. Through March 14th, our hours are Monday - Sunday: 8 am - 5 pm. Starting March 15th, they will change to Monday - Sunday: 8 am - 6 pm.

2. Are we allowed to shop inside the store?
Yes! You can walk into the store, shop to your heart's content, check out with our friendly cashiers, and head home. We are also still doing curbside pickup for those who do not want to come inside.

4. Do you have vegetables?
Not yet. Cole crops (i.e., lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc..) will be ready at the end of March. Warm crops (i.e., tomatoes, peppers, squash, corn, etc...) will not be ready until the end of April beginning of May.

5. Do you have nursery stock?
Our fruit trees and small fruits are now in stock. Over the next two weeks, shipments of trees and shrubs will be arriving. Some early perennials will also be coming in. Please note: Not every item we have on order will be coming in. We do receive shipments throughout March, April, and May.

6. Are you going to carry?
A great way to find out what we have on order or are growing this season is through our website. Click on the photo gallery. We can not guarantee every item we will receive, as we are at the mercy of our suppliers, and sometimes items do get canceled. It does give you an idea though of what we have ordered.
As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, hit reply. I would love to hear from you. Have a great-gardening day.

Is It Time To Plant?
Many gardeners are getting that itch to get out the tiller and work up their garden soil. But many areas are still soggy from snowmelt and rain, making soils too wet to work.

It really is best for your garden's long-term health to resist the urge to work the soil when it is still wet. Whether you use a tiller, plow, or just a garden spade, working wet soil can badly compact soil, and the negative effects will last for many years.

To determine whether your garden's soil is dry enough to work, use the "squeeze" test.

With a spade, turn over a slice of soil about 6 inches deep. Pick up a handful of soil and squeeze it. If the ball crumbles, your timing is perfect. Grab a glass of lemonade and your spade and get to work. If the ball sticks together in a muddy ball (like the picture below), wait a few days and check again.
Early Bloomers
Pansies: The first harbingers of spring. Pansies are perfect planted in containers on your front porch. They can be planted now, but make sure to cover them if we get a hard freeze to protect the blooms.
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Primrose (Primula):
These flowers burst forth in colorful joy as early as February, making them ideal for bringing a bit of spring into your home long before your garden or flowerbeds may be blooming. Their compact shape does well in pots, and they come in a wide assortment of colors ranging from paler hues to bold shades of yellow, blue, pink, white, red, and purple. They’re also fragrant and have fun, crinkly textures to their foliage, making them a delight for all the senses.
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Helleborus (Lenten Rose):
Hellebore plants are among the earliest perennial flowers to bloom, welcoming spring with their rose-like blossoms.
Different varieties offer a range of flower colors, from white to black.
We will be receiving these here over the next week or two.
Fruit Tree Spray Schedule
To produce top-grade tree fruits, professional growers follow a complete spraying routine like the 13-step schedule shown below. Home Gardeners may be willing to settle for less than perfection, but even they will probably need to apply at least the basic sprays to get an edible crop. Because the times at which flowers and fruits form vary from year to year, spraying is scheduled not by the calendar but by key stages of blossom development, pictured below. These stages, and the type of spray to use at each one, are indicated for various types of fruit trees in the chart below; at the bottom of the chart are the insects and diseases
controlled by the sprays, with the span of time each is apt to be in evidence.

While trees are dormant at the first development stage and before their buds begin to swell, a dormant oil spray is applied in early spring. The temperature is between 45-85 degrees F. It smothers many insect eggs and hibernating pests before they can get started. On certain trees—peaches, nectarines, apricots, and almonds—that are susceptible to a disease known as peach leaf curl, the dormant oil treatment should be preceded by one with the fungicide called Bordeaux mixture. It can be applied at any time during the winter, but no later than a week before you apply the dormant oil. Subsequent spraying of fruit trees varies from fruit to fruit, as indicated below until the petals fall. There-after, all trees require a series of treatments with one of the multi-purpose sprays, applied at the intervals shown
Boston Ferns
Boston Fern Hanging Baskets

2 for $30
(Regular $21.99 each)
Pickup In Early April
Click Here To Order
Online Store:
Wilson's App
The Wilson’s Garden Center app is designed to help you have more fun in the garden and at our garden center.

Each time you visit the garden center, present your phone at the register, and you’ll receive another ‘punch.’

After 5 punches, you’ll earn a reward. Click on the rewards tab, and you’ll see all the rewards you’ve earned and all those you are eligible for.

Use our handy links to access our app on the Apple iTunes store and Google Play (for Android devices). Just follow the prompts to download, activate and enjoy the app.

Our app works on all Apple iPhones, iPads, iPad minis, Android smartphones, and tablets.
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

Now Through March 14th:
Monday - Sunday:
8 am - 5 pm
March 14th - May 2nd:
Monday - Sunday:
8 am - 6 pm
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