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January 2015
Issue Twenty Six
Little Sprouts Event
Garden Markers
January 17th
1 pm - 3 pm
Cost: $3
Your Questions Answered
Are you taking applications?
At this time we are not taking applications. We will be starting to take them around Mid-February.
Window Sill Herbs To Grow From Seed
No kitchen is complete without some herbs growing in the window. Listed below are a few herbs that are easy to grow from seed.
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Sweet Basil
Use fresh basil in tomato dishes, soups, salads, sauces, and pasta.

Basil is easily grown as a window sill herb for fall, winter and early spring harvest. Sow several seeds in a small pot filled with a prepared potting media. Keep moist and place in a full sun location. Harvesting can begin in about 4-5 weeks.
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Oregano is used in sauces, tomato dishes, pizza, Mexican dishes salads and soups.

Thrives in bright light, let soil dry between waterings.

Harvest when 6 inches tall, cut stems as needed leaving at least two sets of leaves.
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Leaves can be used to flavor salads, dips, soups, stews, vinegars, cheese dishes sour cream and butter.

Chives are easily grown in pots placed in a sunny location. Use pots with good drainage and fill with a prepared soil mix. Water to maintain uniform soil moisture.

Harvest once the plant reaches 6 inches tall. Cut as needed leaving 2 inches of growth above the soil.
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Curled Parsley
Parsley is often seen used as a garnish. It also has the unique ability to blend with the flavors of other herbs. It is used to flavor stews, soups and other vegetables.

Grows best if given high light.

Harvest once the plant is established, cut stems at the base leaving at least 2-inch stems to continue growing.
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10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

January Hours
Monday - Saturday:
9 am - 5 pm
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Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

Happy Belated New Year!  There are only 64 days left until Spring. YEAH!

Now is the time to start thinking about your future garden. Planning now will help alleviate headaches when the time comes. Write down the plants you want to purchase, plants that you want to grow from seed, and those that did not perform well for you. Make a list of the items you will need such as potting soil, garden labels, and new pots. That way when your ready to plant you have it at your finger tips.

In this issue, herbs for companion planting, easy herbs to grow from seed and how to make an enclosed terrarium.

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

My Brother, Dad, and Future Sister in law came to visit for Christmas. Its the first time in years that everyone has been able to get together. All at once.
Enclosed Terrarium
Take away Spring Fever by making an  enclosed Terrarium. I made this one for home. It took me around a half hour to make.

Here at the store we carry a variety of miniature plants, along with stones, horticultural charcoal and other decorations.

Click on the picture to watch a "How To" video, then stop in for the supplies.
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What you need:
1. Clear jar with lid
(We do not carry these here at the store. I had to bring one from home to use.)
2. Stones or Broken Pottery
3. Horticultural Charcoal
(You can not use charcoal from a grill it is treated with lighter fluid which will kill the plants.)
4. Potting Mix
5. Leafy Terrarium Plants
(Cactus and Succulent terrariums are made a little different than this terrarium.)
6. Water
7. Decorations
Herb Companion Planting
Organic gardening is becoming more popular among gardeners as people work to protect the environment and what they put into their bodies.

One way of using less chemicals and attracting beneficial insects to your garden is by Companion Planting.

"Companion planting in gardening and agriculture is the planting of different crops in proximity for pest control, pollination, providing habitat for beneficial creatures, maximizing use of space, and to otherwise increase crop productivity." ~ Wikipedia

When planning your garden for the spring, try incorporating some of these Herbs. Not only will some of them help improve flavor, but most of them repel unwanted insects from the garden.

Basil: Improves the flavor and growth of Tomatoes
Repels: Flies, Mosquitoes, Carrot Fly, Asparagus Beetles and White Fly
Plant With: Tomatoes, Asparagus
Enemy: Rue

Borage: Great for attracting bees and more than 100 beneficial insects.
Repels: Tomato Hornworm and Cabbage Worms
Plant With: Tomatoes, Squash, & Strawberries

Catnip: Plant in borders, Cats love
Repels: Ants, Flea Beetles, Aphids, Japanese Beetles, Squash Bugs, Weevils, Cabbage Looper, Cockroaches, & Mice

Chives: Carrots will grow better and improve in flavor
Repels: Carrot fly, Japanese Beetle, and aphids
Plant With: Carrots, Broccolli, Cauliflower, Parsley, & Tomatoes
Enemy: Beans & Peas

Chamomile: Improves flavor of cabbage and onions. Attracts hoverflies and wasps.
Plant With: Cabbage & Onions

Chervil: Radishes grow better and increase in flavor
Plant With: Radishes

Coriander: Enhances flavor of many vegetables
Repels: Aphids, Spider Mites, & Potato Beetles
Plant With: Radishes, Peppers

Dill: Cabbage will grow stronger. Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars eat Dill.
Repels: Aphids, Squash Bugs, Spider Mites, Cabbage Looper, Tomato Hornworm
Plant With: Cabbage, Brocolli, Cauliflower, Corn, Cucumber, Lettuce, Onion,
Enemy: Carrots, Sage & Tomatoes

Fennel: Attracts beneficial insects that are looking for nectar, but can inhibit growth of many plants, so plant away from the garden.
Repels: Aphids, Slugs, & Snails.

Repels: Cabbage Moths
Enemy: Radishes

Lavender: Used for ages as sachets to keep moths from clothing.
Repels: Moths, Fleas, Flies, Mosquitoes

Lemon Balm: Rub the leaves on your skin to repel mosquitoes
Repels: Mosquitoes, Squash Bugs
Plant With: Squash

Marjoram: Improves the flavor and increases vigor of all vegetables

Mint: Improves health of cabbage and tomatoes.
Repels: Cabbage Moth
Plant With: Cabbage, Tomatoes

Parsley: Parsley gone to seed will attract parasitic wasps, which are very beneficial. Also a favorite of the Swallowtail butterfly.
Repels: Asparagus Beetles
Plant With: Tomatoes, Corn, and Asparagus

Repels: Cabbage moth, Bean Beetles, and Carrot Flies
Plant With: Beans, Cabbage, Carrots, and Sage

Repels: Japanese Beetles
Plant With: Roses and Raspberries
Enemy: Basil

Repels: Cabbage Moth, Beetles, & Carrot Flies.
Plant With: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Rosemary, Cabbage, & Carrots
Enemy: Cucumber

Summer Savory:
Repels: Cabbage Moth & Bean Beetles
Plant With: Beans & Onions

Tarragon: Good companion to most plants

Thyme: Attracts beneficial insects
Repels: Cabbage Worms, Carrot Flies
Plant With: Chives, Onion, Parsley, Asparagus, Marigold, Nasturtium, Carrots & Lima Beans

Enemy: It is recommend for enemy plants to be planted either on opposite sides of the garden or at least 4 feet away from each other so they do not effect each other.
Update On Raised Bed Garden
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