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October 2021
Issue 153
Hello Great Gardeners,

If you have not brought your houseplants into the house, you need to do so now. This week temperatures are going to start dropping below 50 degrees. Generally, we have already had a frost or two by this time, but this year has been extra warm.

There is still time to get trees and shrubs planted into the ground. Stop in and check out the fall color!

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

First Homecoming
Winterizing Basjoo Banana
After the first frost has hit your Basjoo Banana tree, cut the hardy banana to a foot from the ground. Don’t let it rot back because it can continue rotting down into the roots, which will kill the plants.
  • Cover with a good 6 to 8 inches of mulch or more until the crown is covered. In the early spring, before growth starts, remove most of the mulch and let the plant come back when the ground warms up. We do this here at the store and have had great success with our bananas out in front. 
  • Take chicken wire and form a circle around the banana, and fill with leaves. This works if your banana is planted in a more open area. Just make sure that the leaves are not from a diseased plant. We have had many customers have great success with this method.
  • Cover with mulch and then with plastic to prevent the mulch from getting wet. We have never tried this method before and do not know how it will work.
What works for one person may not work for another; trial and error is the best bet.
Winterizing Your Fig Tree
  • After a hard frost, remove all remaining leaves and unripe figs.
  • Mulch the base of the plant with 6-12 inches of leaves, straw, or mulch
  • Prune back the branches to a manageable height.
  • Tie or bungee the branches together.
  • Cover with burlap, canvas, row cover, or an old quilt. Do not use plastic.
  • Take cardboard boxes and encase the whole tree.
  • Fill loosely with straw.
  • Place a tarp over the top opening to keep moisture out.
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Aspen Mulling Spice Cider

1 Gallon Apple Cider or Juice
1 Carton Original Spice Blend

Mix together. Serve hot or cold.
Winterizing Houseplants
Before bringing your houseplants into the house, follow these steps.
  • Remove any dead or diseased leaves and branches from the plant and the soil surface.
  • Give plants a good washing to prevent spiders, whiteflies, aphids, and other bugs from coming into the house. For large plants, use a garden hose—clean smaller plants with a damp sponge.
  • Soak pots in a tub of lukewarm water for about 10 minutes. Soaking forces insects out of the container.
  • Treat appropriately if an insect infestation has occured.
Insecticidal Soap - An organic contact spray

Bonide House Plant Systemic - An Insecticide absorbed through the plant's roots into the plant's system. Do not use if you have animals that may chew on the plants.
  • Wipe dirt and other debris off the pots with a moist rag.
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

September & October Hours:
Sunday - Thursday:
8 am - 5 pm
Friday & Saturday:
8 am - 6 pm
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