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Issue Thirty One
Current Special
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Arbor Day Week!
$20 Off when you purchase
$100 or more in Trees & Shrubs
Sale Ends April 26th!

For other great specials visit our website or sign up for our "Specials E-Newsletter" sent out once a week with our weekly specials.
Win A Redpointe Maple!
Contest Procedure:
Purchase $50 or more at any one time during Arbor Week to be eligible to enter. Fill out form at the register after making your purchase. Drawing takes place on April 26, 2015.
New For 2015!
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'Cherry Falls'

If you don't have much room for growing vegetables this tomato is perfect for you.
Cherry sized tomatoes are perfect for kabobs or snacking fresh off the vine.
Tumbles out of containers and hanging baskets loaded with fresh fruit.
Featured Product
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Organic Plant Magic

 Is an All Purpose Organic plant food alive with beneficial Micro Organisms. 

Safe, versatile and easy to use.
Safe for the Environment!
Safe for around Pets and Children!

Plant with it, Water with it
Plants will love you!
Upcoming Events
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Herb-Tastic Weekend
Sat. & Sun.,
April 25 & 26
All Herbs on Sale!
Door Prizes!
Herbal Refreshments
Staff Available to Answer Questions and Provide Ideas
Farmers Market Coming To Wilson's
Farmers' Market
will be held at Wilson's on Fridays from 3-6 pm starting June 12th.

Any interested vendors may contact Michelle at 740-763-2873 or office@great-gardeners.com.
Your Questions Answered
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When do I prune my Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea?
You can trim them now, but do not prune more than 1/3 of the plant to prevent shock.
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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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,

This week calls for some cooler temperatures and a chance of frost.
If temperatures drop into the thirties you will want to cover your plants with a light sheet (no plastic) to protect them from getting hurt. Bring in your hanging baskets at night to protect them, such as ferns or other flowering hanging baskets.

In this issue: raised bed gardening; growing strawberries; and plants in bloom.

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

Give your plants a chance. Even though your plant may not be showing signs of life yet, it may not be time. All plants break dormancy at different times in the spring. So wait until we have consistent warmer temperatures, allowing the ground to warm as well, before digging up a plant you may think is dead.  If your plants have not broken dormancy by the end of May, then it is time to take action.
Raised Bed Gardening
Wilson's Soil Formula for Raised Bed Gardening
1 - 4 cf Vermiculite
1 - 1.5 cf Dr. Earth Compost
1 - 2.2 cf Peat Moss
1 - 3.8 cf Peat Moss

This will be enough soil for two 4'x4' gardens, 6 inches deep.
Raised bed gardens make it easy for anyone to garden. They take up less space and provide higher yields than planting in the ground.

They can be any size, shape or height and made from many different materials.

Be it that you are making your own or buying one pre-made, there are a few tips and guidelines to follow.
  • Make sure you can reach the middle without standing in it. Most raised beds are no greater than 4 feet wide.
  • Choose a spot in your garden that receives full sun, meaning at least 6 hours of sun per day.
  • Make your own growing medium (see above) or use a potting mix, such as our Wilson's Potting Mix.
  • A north-south orientation is best for low-growing crops, allowing direct sunlight to reach both sides of the bed.
  • For taller crops such as pole beans, peas and tomatoes a east west orientation works best.
  • Leave enough space in between beds to easily maneuver around.
  • Pay attention to how you space your plants in the bed. Plants should ideally just touch, forming a canopy over the soil when they are mature.
Guideline for spacing:

1 Plant per 2 square feet
Watermelon, Zucchini, Winter Squash, Summer Squash, Melon, Pumpkin

1 Plant per square foot
Broccoli, Peppers, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Eggplant, Tomato, Cabbage, Cucumber, Okra

4 Plants per square foot
Swiss Chard, Lettuce, Parsley, Potato, Strawberry, Turnip, Basil, Corn

9 Plants per square foot
Bush Beans, Spinach, Beet

16 plants per square foot
Carrots, Onions, Radish, Small Beets
  • Use trellises for vine crops. Such as tomatoes, cucumbers, pole beans, melons, etc...
  • Keep good gardening practices such as watering, fertilizing, crop rotation, composting and sanitation.
Use your imagination and have fun!
Growing Strawberries
June-bearers (Standard) are varieties that produce a full crop the season after planting. In Ohio, the ripening season ranges from late May to the end of June.

Day Neutral Strawberries / Everbearing produce a full crop the first season they are planted. They have multiple crops through out the growing season. They are also the most used varieties in container gardening.
Planting Site:
Strawberry plants require full sun for the most awesome tasting strawberries. Best growth and fruit is obtained when the plants are grown in loose, fertile soils containing large quantities of organic matter. Strawberries are sensitive to excessive soil moisture and should be planted in raised beds or on ridges, if drainage is a problem. Also, avoid planting in areas where potatoes, tomatoes, or sod were recently grown. 
Early spring is the best time to plant your strawberry plants as long as the soil is not too wet. When planting, make sure to cover the roots and only half of the crown with soil. Make a trench deep enough to set the roots vertically. Do not bend roots horizontally.
Space June bearing plants  12-24 inches apart. In rows 36-40 inches apart.

Plant Day-Neutral strawberries  2-12 inches apart in rows with 30-36 inches between rows.  Remove runners through out the first season and remove flowers for the first 6 weeks after planting
Mulching and Weeding:
Mulch the plants with 2-3 inches of straw or wood chips to conserve moisture and to maintain an essentially weed-free planting.
Blossom Removal:
Remove the flower stalks of June-bearing plants as they appear throughout the first growing season. More production can be expected if the plants are allowed to attain large size before fruiting. Remove the blossoms of Day-Neutral types as they appear until about the middle of June (first year only). Then allow flowers to set fruit for harvest during the remainder of the season (August through October).
Insect and Disease:
Many problems due to insects and diseases can be avoided by selecting sites where sod, tomatoes, or potatoes have not been recently grown; planting disease-free and disease-resistant planting stock; and using good cultural practices.
Frost Protection:
In addition for weed control, mulching is necessary to provide winter protection for the plants. Apply straw that is free of weed seeds two to three inches deep over the plants after they have been subjected to several sharp freezes in the low 30s or high 20s in fall. Generally this is between November 15th through the 3Oth, but no later than December 15th. Strawberry flower buds are very susceptible to spring frosts. Mulches used for winter protection should be removed from plants in early spring, before there is mulch leaf yellowing. The mulch should be left in the alleyways and used to cover blossoms in the spring when frost is predicted, especially with early blooming varieties.  Frost protection could be the difference between a good crop and no crop.
Protect your upcoming harvest from birds, bunnies, squirrels, and chipmunks by using netting over the plants.

Strawberries are ready to harvest when they turn a bright red with no green on them. Harvest first thing in the morning before the heat of the day hits. 

When picking, pinch the stem behind the strawberry, do not squeeze the strawberry itself or you will have strawberry jam in your hand. Check for ripe strawberries every two to three days.
Blooming In The Garden
What's blooming in the garden? These are the most asked about plants that are blooming at this time.
Ornamental Pear
If you're wondering what this white tree is that is blooming now, it's Ornamental Pear. Known for its dazzling display of white flowers in early spring, this beautiful ornamental tree is perfect for smaller areas, growing 30-35 feet tall and 15 feet wide.
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Ornamental Pear
Creeping Phlox
Creeping phlox produces a colorful carpet of blooms in the spring followed by beautiful green foliage all summer long. Great for erosion control on a hill or in the front border of a garden.
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Creeping Phlox
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Magnolias have existed for over 95 million years. Since they appeared before bees, magnolias have slowly changed their flowers to become more attractive to them. They do not produce nectar. Instead, they have pollen enriched with proteins which bees use as food.
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