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Issue Thirty
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Petunia 'Salmon Ray'

Salmon Ray is one of the many varieties of new petunias that you can add to your garden this year.

Stunning salmon colored flowers bloom all summer long.

Available for sale in a couple of weeks.
Know anyone with a food truck?
Please have them contact Wilson's if they would like to set up in Wilson's parking lot during late April or May.
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Upcoming Events
Herb-Tastic Weekend
Sat. & Sun.,
April 25 & 26
All Herbs on Sale!
Door Prizes!
Herbal Refreshments
Staff Available to Answer Questions and Provide Ideas
Little Sprouts:
Plant Your Old Shoes

Sunday, April 19
1 - 3 pm
(Come any time between)
Cost: $5
Bring a pair of your old shoes to plant
Save The Date!
Summer Solstice Celebration
Saturday and Sunday, June 20 &21
Free Refreshments, Door Prizes, Entertainment for All Ages
More details to follow.
The Peach Truck
will be at Wilson's on two dates again this summer.
Saturday, June 27, 3:30 - 5 pm
Saturday, July 18, 3:30 - 5 pm
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

April Hours
Monday - Saturday:
9 am - 7 pm
11 am - 6 pm
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Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

Our frost free date is fast approaching (36 days left), it is still too cold though to plant warm season crops and annuals, but you can plant perennials, trees, shrubs, and cole crops. Make sure before planting that the ground is workable and not too wet. (i.e. Handful of soil, muddy ball = too wet, wait to plant, Crumbles = just right for planting.)

Want to brighten your front porch? Add a splash of color with pansies. They are frost tolerant and are absolutely gorgeous right now.  Plant them in a container and you will have instant beautification.

In this issue, April Garden Chores, In the Garden, and Growing Asparagus.

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

April Garden Chores
Complete any March tasks delayed due to weather.

Prune evergreens after new growth has emerged; do not prune to the bare wood part of the plant. Prune Roses, once the buds start to swell.
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Plant perennial veggies such as asparagus, rhubarb, horseradish, etc. Root crops such as potatoes and onions can be planted. Continue planting cole crops, spinach and peas. Plant at 2 week intervals for a succession of harvests.
Apply pre-emergent crabgrass control if not applied in March.

Fertilize fruit and shade trees, evergreens, shrubs, roses, and lawns.
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Keep turning the compost pile.

Dethatch and overseed lawn.

Apply broadleaf weed control in late April (Greenview Step 2).

If over-seeding your lawn, wait several weeks to apply weed controls or the grass won’t come up properly.
Dead-head (remove flowers) of spring blooming bulbs but leave on the green foliage. These leaves provide the bulb with food for beautiful flowers next year. Remove foliage once it has browned out.
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This is the time to start resurrecting the water lily pool. Bring marginal plants back up to ledges, get pumps working, and do any necessary cleaning.
Spruce up your beds by adding new perennials. Spring is a good time to renew and add variety to your landscape.
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Celebrate Arbor Day-Plant a Tree!! Trees add so much to our environment and is a legacy for anyone planting them.
In The Garden
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"A host of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, fluttering and dancing in the breeze."
~ William Wordsworth

Planted in the fall, Daffodils announce the beginning of spring and waking of nature. They are one of the rare species of plants that are able to successfully grow through the snow. 
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
Cornelian cherry dogwoods are one of the earliest blooming spring flowers and offer four seasons of interest for your garden. Small yellow flowers appear mid March followed by tart, edible red fruits mid summer. The leaves turn a vivid reddish-purple in the fall.  Exfoliating bark  adds rich visual interest to your winter garden.
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 Red Maples
Did you know Maples bloom?

Not only do maples make great shade trees they are among the earliest blooming sources of nectar and pollen for honey bees. 

Growing Asparagus
France’s King Louis XIV dubbed asparagus the “king of vegetables” (or the “food of kings” depending on who tells the story) and was the first to have them cultivated in greenhouses so he could enjoy it throughout the year.

You too can have a great harvest by following some simple planting and  harvesting tips.
Asparagus is best planted as one-year-old crowns.
 In our area, mid-April to late May is the appropriate time to install asparagus beds, once the soil is at least 50 degrees or more. Growth will not only stall when planted earlier, but also the crowns are more susceptible to rotting if exposed to the cold, wet soils of spring.
A well draining bed is a must for growing healthy asparagus.
Dig a 6-Inch furrow and add a layer of starter fertilizer to the bottom of the furrow. We recommend using Organic Plant Magic.

Lay the asparagus crowns in the furrow and back fill to the original soil level.
Do not harvest the planting year, but cut in following seasons when the width of the emerging stalks are larger than a pencil diameter.
Harvest in the morning when air temperatures are cooler.
Harvest when 7 to 9 inches tall. Selecting firm, crisp spears with compact tips and tight scales.
Length of harvest season will vary from year-to-year depending on air temperature, stop the harvest when the diameter of 3/4 of the spears becomes small (less then 3/8 inch).
When harvest season is finished, snap all the spears off at ground level.
After harvest is completed, apply a high Nitogen fertilizer.

New spears will then emerge, fern out, and provide a large canopy to cover the space between the rows. Once a dense fern canopy is formed, weed growth will be shaded out.
Inspect the ferns throughout the season for insect feeding and fern dieback. Asparagus beetles chew on the fern, causing the stem to turn brown and reducing the yield the next year. Spray the ferns with an approved insecticide when beetles are seen. We recommend Captain Jacks Dead Bug Brew or Diatomaceous Earth, both of which are labeled for Organic Growing.
Do not cut down the fern growth at the end of the growing season. Leave the dead fern growth intact over the winter. This gives your asparagus an added layer of protection.
Remove the old fern growth by cutting or mowing as low as possible during the first week of April in central Ohio.
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