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October 2021
Issue 154
Hello Great Gardeners,

Many questions have come in over the last couple of weeks on winterizing and pruning hydrangeas. I have included a few articles with links attached that I hope you find helpful.

In other news, my daughter is super excited Licking Valley Marching Band made it to state finals this past week. They get to play on October 30th in Hilliard.

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

How To Put Hydrangeas To Bed For The Winter
From Tonkadale Greenhouse & Monrovia

There is a chill in the air and the signs of autumn are everywhere. Soon it will be time to put the garden to bed. All season long hydrangeas reward us with big, beautiful, abundant blooms. It’s fair to say they are givers. Now, it’s time to give back. With goodnight kisses and sweat dreams wishes, the time to tuck in hydrangeas is upon us.

Here in Minnesota, unpredictable winter weather extremes, snow totals, and freeze/thaw cycles can swing as wildly as our vitamin d deprived, cabin-fever-fueled moods. Although many hydrangeas are considered hardy, all of this can throw them for a loop. They need some attention in order to survive the winter and coming back bigger and better next year. While it’s true that hydrangeas grown in warmer climates don’t require as much post-season primping as those grown in our zone, there’s no one who wouldn’t be grateful for a bit of TLC right about now.

Implement these steps to maximize your hydrangea potential so you will be the giver of this time next season!
How & When To Prune Hydrangeas
From Tonkadale Greenhouse & Monrovia

Pruning hydrangeas is actually quite simple once you know what type of hydrangea is growing in your garden. Common hydrangeas belong to four different species but there are 5 common types, each with slightly different pruning requirements. Before you reach for the pruners, determine which species you’re growing. Browse hydrangeas on Monrovia.com or use the filters on My Plantfinder to get help figuring it out. Once you've determined which type of hydrangea you're dealing with, take a look below to find out exactly how and when to prune your hydrangeas.
Cinnamon Glazed Nut Mix
What You Will Need:
1 Egg White
1 tsp. Water
1 tsp oil or non-stick cooking spray
1 pound nuts (plain - not salted or roasted)
1 Packet of Mix

Pre-heat oven to 300°F and lightly grease a baking sheet. In a large bowl, whisk 1 egg white with 1 teaspoon of water until foamy. Add about 1 pound of nuts. Stir, making sure all the nuts are thoroughly coated. Pour entire spice packet over nuts. Stir to coat evenly. Spread nuts in a single layer on greased baking sheet. Bake 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and separate nuts with a form while still warm. Cool and enjoy! Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Or freeze for up to 3 months.
Winterizing Roses
From University Of Illinois Extension

One of the ways to protect roses for the winter is to be sure they go completely dormant. To accomplish this, stop fertilizing early enough so growth slows down. No fertilizer should be applied after August 15. To further encourage dormancy, stop dead-heading or cutting flowers after October 1 and allow the plant to form hips.

There are many methods to provide winter protection for roses. The whole idea of winter protection is to keep the plant uniformly cold and frozen all winter and prevent the damaging effects of alternate freezing and  thawing. Whatever method is chosen, don't begin covering plants too early. Wait until a hard killing frost has caused most of the leaves to fall. You may also want to wait until the temperature has dropped into the teens for several nights. Prior to covering, remove any foliage or  other debris that might harbor disease for the next season.
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