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October 2014 
Issue Twenty One
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Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Fruits, and Roses are on sale from
10 - 40 % Off
(Regular Prices)
(Does not include Asters)
Now through
October 15th
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8 Inch
5 or more $5.99 ea.
(Regular $7.99)
(Does Not Include Tricolor Mums)
Pansies & Snapdragons
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99¢ a pack
$9.99 flat
NEW FOR 2014!
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Have you ever tried Apple Syrup? What about Apple butter? Just thinking about them makes my mouth water.

If your in an apple mood we have everything you need to cure it, from apples, apple butter, apple syrup, apple chips, and apple bread mix.

I think I am all appled out.
Shrubs For Awesome Fall Color
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Fall Color
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Summer Color
'Wedding Gown' Hydrangea

Large, double white flowers illuminate the summer garden, turning a brilliant red in fall.
3-4 Feet Tall
3-4 Feet Wide
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Burning Bush

Sensational accent or hedge desired for the intense scarlet red fall coloring. Interesting compact, mounded form displays attractive rich green leaves spring through summer.

4-5 Feet Tall
4-5 Feet Wide
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Winterberry 'Wildfire'

Offers multi-season interest in the garden with tiny white flowers in the spring, dark-green foliage, and abundant bright-red fruit in the fall and winter. Southern Gentleman is recommended as a pollinator.

 The fruit is a favorite of Cedar Waxwings. The birds will eat the fruit throughout the winter and into spring.

6-7 Feet Tall
6-7 Feet Wide
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

October Hours
Monday - Saturday:
9 am - 6 pm
11 am - 6 pm
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We are a family owned and operated garden center specializing in plants that thrive in Central Ohio

For more information about our store please
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Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

Happy rainy day! Today is a good day to curl up in a chair and read a good book or Wilson's latest e-newsletter.

In this issue I will be talking about digging up spring bulbs, saving sunflower seeds and some shrubs for awesome fall color.

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

Digging Spring Bulbs
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My grandma has always had a knack for saving her Geraniums over the winter. She buys half of a new flat in the spring and then she has some of the old that she has saved over winter. She has done this for many years.

In the fall she digs up the half flat she bought new in the spring and removes all the dirt from their roots. She then hangs them upside down in her basement on a clothes line.

Now I can't guarantee anything on trying this, but it is fun to see if it works.

Most people stick with digging up their Cannas, Dahlias, Gladiolus, and Tuberous Begonias. If you want to try to keep any of these for next season, here are some tips for best success.

After the leaves have yellowed, died-back or have been killed by frost, is the time to dig.  Each one has a different requirement for storing for the winter.
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After digging, cut off stems and gently shake off any excess soil. Do not clean with water as it will take longer for the corms to cure. Dry (cure) corms in a well ventilated place for two to three weeks out of direct sunlight at about 70 degrees.

Once dried, carefully remove any other soil remaining on the bulb and divide the corms. Remove husks, and older shriveled corm at the base of the cluster.

Before storing corms inspect for insects or diseases. Discard any ones that are bad.

Corms can be stored at temperatures between 35 and 55 degrees. Store in labeled paper bags.

They must not freeze, but cooler is better, since temperatures below 45 degrees will kill over wintering thrips, a common gladiolus pest.
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Dig your dahlia clumps a week or two after the first hard frost of fall. Be sure you do not let the ground freeze, or you will have lost your dahlia bulbs.

The plants will blacken and become unsightly so cut off all the stalks to about 6" above the ground. Leave your clumps in the ground for at least a week before digging. This will force the eyes to develop and will make dividing much easier.

Once dug, remove loose soil by hand or with a garden hose and discard all damaged or diseased root portions and place upside down in the sun for several hours to dry. Be sure they are protected from rain or damaging weather conditions.

Divide dahlia tubers by cutting them with a sharp knife. Each section needs an eye in order to produce a new plant. The eyes are located near the end where the tuber joins the main stalk. Allow cut tubers to dry for 24 hours before storing.

Store dahlias at 40 degrees in a shallow container covered with sand, vermiculite or peat moss. Sprinkle with water during the winter if the roots begin to shrivel.
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Cannas & Begonias:
After digging, hose down your tubers or rhizomes removing all soil. Let air dry in a well ventilated area at 70 to 80 degrees for one week for Cannas and two to three weeks for Begonias.

Once dried remove any foliage. Place in paper bags or a cardboard box and cover with perlite, vermiculate, peat moss or sand. Store them in temperatures that range between 40 - 50 degrees.

The most important thing to remember is that they need to be stored in a cool, dark place with good ventilation. Check regularly to make sure they do not dry out completely. If overly dry Spritz tubers or rhizomes with water and let dry before placing back into storage.
Saving Sunflower Seeds
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Saving your sunflowers seeds is as easy as 1-2-3.

1. Cut your flower about 12 inches from the flower head after it has lost its petals and the head droops.

2. Place a paper bag or nylon stocking over the top of the flower head.

3. Hang upside down in your garage or shed. Area needs to be dark and dry. This may take several weeks. 

4. The seeds are ready once the flower head turns completely brown. Take your hand and brush the seeds into a bag or bowl.

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October 11th: BYOB Succulent Garden
Time: 10 am
Cost: $5 plus plants & materials

Join us this Saturday and have some relaxing fun creating very your, own one of a kind succulent garden. Drive away the winter blues and garden all winter. Bring your own Boot – or Bowl – or Bra – or purse or shoe or any container and re-purpose it into a planter. Or you can pick out a container at Wilson’s to fill with an assortment of easy-care succulents.
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