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Issue Twenty Nine
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Add a little under sea life to your bathroom with this Sea Urchin Jelly Fish Air Plant.
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How far do you cut back ornamental grasses?

For taller grasses cut to about 6 inches from the ground. Cut shorter grasses back to 2 to 3 inches. Now is a great time to start trimming them back.
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Upcoming Events
Easter Estravaganza
March 29th
1-3 pm

Bring the kids, grandkids, cousins, and friends. Open to all kids up to age 12. Have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny, receive a goody bag, plant seeds, decorate an egg and make a butterfly.
Easter Bonnet Contest
March 29th
2 pm
Open to all ages!
Break out your Easter Bonnet and join the Easter Parade around the store. Prizes awarded for the Prettiest, the Biggest, and the Funniest.
Jelly Bean Jam
March 29th
2-3 pm
Enjoy musical entertainment for the whole family by Celeste & Friends.
Start Your Own Home Orchard
If you missed out on the "Start Your Own Home Orchard" talk this past weekend,  we filmed it and placed it onto our website.
Follow the link to our page.
How To Make A Tire Planter
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Click on the picture above to view video on how to make a tire planter.
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

March Hours
Monday - Saturday:
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11 am - 5 pm
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We are a family owned and operated garden center specializing in plants that thrive in Central Ohio

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Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

Happy first week of Spring! Thank you to everyone who came to the Spring Sneak Peek. We hope you had a great time. A special thanks to our vendors who made the day extra special.

Have you gotten out into your garden yet? I have. Yesterday's weather was perfect for pulling weeds and cleaning up. I still have a lot more to go, but I feel ahead of schedule versus behind this year.

Don't forget that now is the time to cut back perennials such as butterfly bush, grasses, etc.

Before planting anything make sure you soil is dry enough. Take a handful of soil and squeeze it into a ball. If it crumbles easily it's time to plant, but if it stays in a muddy ball, wait for the ground to dry out more before planting.

In this edition: Growing broccoli, hardening off plants, and what is blooming in the garden.

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

Hardening Off Your Plants
What are we doing? What is that you are putting over the plants?

When nursery plants start to arrive at the store, they often come out of a greenhouse (that has been keeping them safe from winter's wrath and ensuring that they are continuing to grow roots). Sometimes this can cause them to be more "ahead" than what we see in our landscapes.
To protect the new buds or growth from freezing temperatures, we cover them at night with remay or frost covers. This protects them from damaging frosts.

To harden off plants that have been growing inside a warm greenhouse, either at home or bought at a store, you will have to go through a process called "Hardening Off."

Steps for Hardening Off Plants (Trees, Shrubs, Perennials and Pansies) are as follows:
  • Set the plant(s) outdoors in a sheltered area for a couple of hours on nice mild days (50 degrees or more)
  • It is important to protect the plants from strong sun, wind, cool temperatures and heavy rains.
  • Each day, the plants can be exposed to one more hour of outside exposure.
  • Each night, move the plants back to a warm, sheltered environment.
  • The process can take 7-14 days, depending on weather conditions and the variety of plant.
  • After the 7-14 day period, perennial plants that have been forced in a greenhouse will handle temperatures down to 33 degrees but will benefit from a plant cover like a frost cover or an old sheet if there is a chance of frost. Remove once the frost has dissipated.
After the hardening off process is completed, your plants will be able to tolerate most of spring's unpredictable weather, but continue to take steps to lessen their exposure to extreme conditions.
What's Blooming In The Garden?
 Gardens are starting to come out of their winter hibernation. Even now some flowers are showing off their color. Here are a few you may have seen around town blooming. 
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Planted in the fall, Crocus are one of the first harbingers of spring. They require little care and are excellent companion plants for flowering quince, forsythia, and witch hazel.

Fun Fact:
The word Crocus is Latin for Saffron.
Dwarf Dutch Iris
Grown from a bulb instead of a Rhizome, Dwarf Dutch Irises are also planted in fall and bloom close to the same time as crocus.

Fun Fact:
The word Iris means rainbow.
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Dwarf Iris
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Helleborus (Lenten Rose)
Perfect for the shade garden with an added bonus of being Deer Resistant! These beautiful plants are seen blooming even in February sometimes.

Fun Fact:
Also known as the "Winter Rose," "Lenten Rose," or "Christmas Rose."
Growing Broccoli
Did you know? California produces almost all the broccoli sold in the United States. Americans eat an average of 4 pounds of broccoli a year.

Growing broccoli can be easy if you follow simple guidelines.
  • Broccoli is best started indoors 6-7 weeks before the last spring frost.
  • When the broccoli plants reach about 5-6 inches tall and has two to four leaves, they can be hardened off  and planted in the ground. To harden them off place them outside for an hour or so each day to acclimate them to the sun and wind.  Increase exposure time gradually until ready to transplant.
  • Before planting make sure to amend garden soil with compost or soil amendments.
  • Plant in an area with part to full sun. Broccoli grows best when temperatures are between 64-73 degrees.
  • Broccoli can be planted around the same depth as its container. Make sure to space them 18 inches apart with 24 inches between rows.
  • Avoid getting developing heads wet when watering to prevent diseases and rot. Morning is the best time to water.
  • Broccoli can take any where from 50 to 100 days to reach maturity depending on variety.
  • The part we eat is actually the buds of the broccoli flower. If left unharvested, the broccoli head will open into small greenish-yellow flowers. Harvest broccoli when the buds of the head are firm and tight before the heads flower.
  • Harvest in the morning before temperatures get too high.
  • Cut the central stem at a slant five to six inches below the head.
  • If you keep most of the leaves on the plant after harvesting the plants will produce side shoots that will produce a second crop.
Bean Terminology
Beans, beans the musical fruit... the more you eat, the more you...
Beans have been cultivated for over 6,000 years. They are the only cultivated plants that actually enrich, rather than deplete, the soil during the growing process. They are the third most commonly grown vegetable, behind tomatoes and peppers. Here are a few terms to help you understand the different types.

Pole: Pole beans can grow to be 5-6 feet tall. They are usually planted against a trellis or tepee arrangement, which can be placed on smaller plots. Pole beans produce more beans in less space, but take longer to mature. They will continue to produce up until the first frost if harvested frequently.

Bush: Bush beans grow approximately 1-2 feet tall. They are usually planted in double linear rows, and they will support each other as they grow. Bush beans produce all at once and mature quicker than pole beans. Although they take up more space, they require less work  overall.

String: String is an older name for green beans; it comes from the fact that the green beans used to have a strong, fibrous, stringy growth running the length of the pods. With modern technology, most string beans have become stringless.

Stringless: Stringless beans are easy to break or “snap” into pieces; hence they are also called snap beans. Most modern green beans are stringless. They are best harvested while immature.

Beans are sensitive to cold temperatures and frost. They should be planted after all danger of frost has passed in the spring (May 15th)
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