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November 2014
Issue Twenty Four
Christmas At The Store
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Your Questions Answered
I have shrubs and trees I have not planted yet. Can I plant them now? Can I keep them over winter in the pot?

The ideal situation would be to get them in the ground as soon as possible. If this can not happen the next best thing is to place them along an interior wall in an unheated garage. You want to make sure that the soil in the pot does not freeze solid. If it does chances are your plants will not make it through the winter.  Mulching them or placing straw around them will also help to protect them from freezing solid. Water them whenever they are dry.

I had heard that you can cover perennials with leaves to help protect them over the winter. Is that so?

People often mulch their gardens with leaves.  We don't recommend it though. If the leaves on the tree happen to have some kind of fungus or disease that you are unaware of, you may inadvertently transfer it to your perennials. Instead, we recommend placing a coating of mulch down after Thanksgiving when the ground has frozen.
Simple Yule Log
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Learn how to make a Decorated Yule Log of your very own. Click on the picture to view a video.
Making A Holiday Bow
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Bows add panache to trees, decorations, and presents. Learn how to make your own bow by clicking the picture.
Lifelike Holiday Wreath Workshop
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Sat, Dec. 6, 2 pm

Decorate a beautiful 24" lifelike holiday wreath with your choice of adornments to add color to your holiday decor.

Cost: $39.99
Workshop is limited to 10 people.
Fresh Greens Hanging Basket Workshop
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Sat, Nov. 29, 2 pm
Sun, Nov. 30, 2 pm

Nothings says the holidays like the beauty and smell of fresh greens. Put them in a hanging basket, add some holiday accents, and you have a show-stopping holiday creation.
Cost: $39.99
Limit of 10 people per class
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

November Hours
Monday - Saturday:
9 am - 6 pm
11 am - 6 pm
Closed Thanksgiving

December Hours
Monday - Saturday:
9 am - 6 pm
11 am - 6 pm
Christmas Eve:
9 am - 4 pm
Dec 27th, 29th, 30th:
9 am - 5 pm
Dec. 28th:
11 am - 5 pm
New Years Eve:
9 am - 4 pm
Closed Dec 25th & 26th, Jan 1st & 2nd
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Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

From my family to yours Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving. The store will be closed on Thanksgiving, so we can all spend time with family and friends. We will resume normal business hours on Friday (Nov. 28th). Don't forget to visit us on Saturday, Nov. 29th, for Small Business Saturday. See below for offer.

In this edition of our newsletter: House Plants to Grow Indoors, Taking Care of Your Fresh Cut Christmas Tree, & How to Make A Holiday Porch Sitter.

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

Holiday Porch Sitter
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If you missed out on making a  Holiday Porch Sitter at one of our workshops, here is how to make one in the comforts of your own home. Click on the picture to see the video.
 House Plants To Grow Indoors
Fight cabin fever with some house plants. House plants in the home have many benefits:
1) Help fight colds
2) Remove airborne contaminants
3) Stop your headaches
4) Make you happy
5) Improve your mental health
6) Decrease your blood pressure
7) Reduce carbon dioxide
8) Prevent allergies
9) Improve your sleep

Use one good-sized house plant in a 6 to 8-inch diameter container for every 100 square feet of your home.
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Snake Plant
Perfect for the low light and humidity in a bathroom. One of the best plants for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products.

Fun Fact: Also called Mother-In-Law's Tongue.

Aloe Vera
Every kitchen needs an aloe plant. If you happen to burn your hand while cooking, break off a piece and apply the gel to your burn. Not only does Aloe help with burns, but it also helps clear the air of formaldehyde and benzene in the home.
Fun Fact: 6000 year old stone carvings in Egypt contain images of the plant, which they referred to as the "plant of immortality." It was given as a burial gift to deceased pharaohs.
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Peace Lily
One of the most popular plants around Peace Lilies help reduce mold spores that can grow in the home.
One of many low maintenance house plants, the Peace Lily can also tolerate lower light levels in the home. Great for a hall way.
Fun Fact:
The Peace Lily's name is derived from the plant's resemblance to the white flags used to signify a truce during battles.
English Ivy
Homes with English ivy benefit from its ability to remove benzene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide from the air. It is also ideal in homes for people who suffer from allergies as it is effective in removing certain allergens from the air such as mold or even airborne fecal matter.

Fun Fact:
Brought to the United States as an ornamental by English settlers in Colonial times.
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Fresh Cut Christmas Trees
Fresh cut Frasier Firs are
Now Available for Sale!

There is nothing like the smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree to make the Christmas season come alive. I remember when I was younger going with my family to pick out our tree. My mom had to have just the right one.

We would get it home and decorate it with lights and all of our Christmas ornaments while dancing to Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers  'Once Upon A Christmas' Record.

To this day I have continued the music and decorating tradition on with my daughter.

So bring the family out and start your own tradition. Each of our trees have been given a name. My daughter personally has been bugging me to get the tree named "Elsa."

Below are care instructions for keeping your tree lasting until Christmas:

  •  Refresh the tree by making a straight cut, taking one inch off the butt and immediately place in water. This will improve water uptake. (See tip 1)
  • Place the tree in a stand that can hold at least 1 gallon of water. You should expect the tree to take up additional water. Water the new tree until water uptake stops.
  • Always keep the base of a tree in water. If the base dries out, resin will form over the cut end and the tree will not be able to absorb water and will dry out quickly - drying out deters future water uptake and will need a new cut. You don’t need anything other than regular tap water. Commercially prepared mixes like aspirin, sugar and other additives introduce into the water are not necessary. Research has shown that plain water will keep a tree fresh.
  • Check for worn Christmas tree light electrical cords and always unplug at night. Use UL approved electrical decorations and cords. Miniature lights produce less heat and reduce the drying effect on the tree or chance of fire.
  • Take down the tree before it dries out. Many fresh cut trees if properly cared for (using the first five steps) should last at least five weeks before drying out. Some species keep their moisture longer than others.
Cutting a refresh cookie off the tree base is important only when trees have been cut for over 4 hours.

2) For easier watering, buy a funnel and a 3 to 4 foot tube. Slip the tube over the funnel outlet, extend tubing down into the tree stand and water without bending over or disturbing the tree skirt. Hide this system in an out-of-the-way part of the tree.
Valid Small Business Saturday Only!
Free 4 Inch Poinsettia
With a $20 or more purchase
One Free Poinsettia Per Customer
Expires 11/29/2014
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