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Issue Thirty Five
Farmers Market
Farmer's Market
Has Started!

Every Friday
from 3-6 pm.

The Farmer's Market is being held in our west parking lot. Parking is available in the front of the store.

Thank you to all who stopped out to visit the first Farmer's Market last week. We had 12 vendors selling their wares. This week we will have even more.

Sign up to win a door prize while you are there, at the information table located at the market entrance.

We are still accepting vendors. Any   interested in participating may contact Michelle or Ruth at 740-763-2873 or office@great-gardeners.com.
Current Special
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Check Out Our BOGO Area!

Prime shrubs & trees that have finished blooming this year, but are healthy and vibrant landscape plants.

Buy 1
Get 1 Free!

Look for the BOGO Sticker On Price Tag

(Free one of equal or lesser value)

These are select items once they run out they are out.

Does not include anything not marked with a BOGO sticker.

For other great specials visit our website or sign up for our "Specials E-Newsletter" sent out once a week with our weekly specials.
Lilac Tree
This tree was blooming last week all over town. It makes for a stunning sight in the garden with its airy panicles of cream to white colored blooms that cover the entire tree. The dark green foliage turns to coppery-bronze in fall.

20 - 25 feet tall & 15-20 feet wide.

This is one show stopper you need to have in your garden.
In the Garden With Abby
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Follow Abby this summer in the garden. With new videos each week on our "You Tube" Page.

You can view these videos on our website, You Tube page and our store app.

Segment 9
Update on Raised Bed

Making Kale Chips
Your Questions Answered!
Something is putting holes in my hosta? What could it be?

It could be slugs which love Hosta. Try taking a lid with beer and sitting it near your Hosta one night. Slugs are attracted to beer and will come for the party.

If there are slugs in the lid in the morning you can buy a product called Sluggo to sprinkle around the garden to get rid of the slugs.
New For 2015!
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Ringsabell Mulberry Rose

Bring home a plant for your fairies today. Dainty, pink bell shaped flowers dangle gracefully over the dark green foliage.

Fairies delight in using them for hats and dresses. Along with playing hide and go seek in and amongst the blooms.
Featured Product
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Tomato & Blossom Set Spray

Contains Kinetin (a natural plant hormone) that promotes blossom set and fruit development in tomato and vegetable gardens.

Works on tomatoes, beans, cukes, peppers, strawberries and more.
Peach Truck
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The Peach Truck
The Peach Truck is back this year with delicious Georgia Peaches.

Saturday, June 27
3:30 - 5 pm

Saturday, July 18
3:30 - 5 pm

Stop by between these times to buy yourself a box of peaches.
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

June 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,

It has rained pretty much every day this week. Most areas have received enough rain that watering should not be an issue.  If you are watering please make sure to check the soil before doing so, by sticking a finger down into the ground to make sure it is dry. Also, make sure that all containers have good drainage so that plants are not sitting in water.

In this issue, flea beetles, trap crops, and three hardy shrubs for sun.

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

Flea Beetles
Flea beetles are, around 1/10 of an inch long, shiny, black or brown beetles that jump when disturbed. They damage plants by chewing small "Shotholes"  in the foliage.

As adults they over winter in the soil or garden debris and become active in spring.

There are many ways to control or kill flea beetles. Here are a few listed below.

In spring time plant trap crops before planting crops that are susceptible to them. (See article below.)

Planting Dill, Parlsey and Lemon Balm will attract Braconid wasps that feed on adult Flea Beetles and sterilize the female from having more children.

Using yellow sticky traps between rows is another way to reduce their numbers.

If numbers become too high using
Diatomaceous Earth or Neem Oil.

In fall remove garden trash and plow under weeds to reduce over wintering sites.
Trap Crop
Unlike companion planting where the plant repels the pests, trap crops are plants that are used to attract pests away from the main crop.  The basic principle of trap cropping is that insects prefer the trap crop more than the main crop.

Different trap crops are planted at different times of the year based on the life cycle of the pests they attract.

Pests are either prevented from reaching the crop or concentrated in certain parts of the garden away from the main crop.

This helps reduce damage to the main plants and to reduce the use of insecticides in the garden. 

Trap crops are usually used on big farms, but can be implemented in home gardens as well.
There are a few different ways to do trap cropping.

One way is to plant several plants of the same species as the main crop. These plants are planted 2-3 weeks earlier than the main crop and become food for the insects.

Another way is to plant a totally different variety of plant from the main crop. One that is more attractive to the pests than the main crop would be.
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When pests become too prolific on the trap crops, the trap crops can then be treated with pesticides or destroyed.

Trap crops can also attract beneficial insects to the garden which feed off of the bad insects.
Lay out of trap plants can be done in many different ways.

Perimeter trap:
The main crop is planted in the middle and the trap crop is planted all away around the perimeter of the main crop.

Row trap:
The trap crop is planted in rows between the main crop.
Some examples of trap plants are:

Scented Geraniums & Four O'Clocks

Planted around green beans and roses they draw away Japanese beetles. The beetles can then be picked off daily from the trap crop and dropped into a bucket of soapy water.

Attract black and white aphids and keep them away from beans and leafy greens.

Planted near cucumbers and squash  lure away cucumber beetles. Plant near members of the cabbage family for flee beetles.

Basil & Marigold

It is important to remember that not all insects can be controlled with trap crops but using a combination of companion planting and trap crops can help cut down on the use of insecticides and damage to your crops.
3 Hardy Shrubs For Sun
By Shelli Berry-McDaniel

One of the most frequently requested plants in the garden center is for a shrub that is sun-loving, low maintenance, one that has color and is hardy.

Does such a plant exist? Something easy, visually appealing, and let’s not forget the other criteria; a plant that will fit in today’s modern, smaller landscapes.

There are many plants to choose from in the present horticulture world that meet these landscape requirements, making it a pleasant challenge to narrow it down to our top picks. Three that have proven worthy of a spot in many landscapes are as follows:
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‘Little Lime’ Hydrangea

This dwarf form (3-5’ x 3-5’) of the popular ‘Limelight’, is a blooming powerhouse! The huge summer flowers start out a unique green shade and as the season progresses, so do the blooms, to white and then parchment pink by fall. The flowers are perfect for fresh or dried arrangements. Another benefit is that ‘Little Lime’ blooms on new wood, so no incorrect pruning snafus to worry about. Excellent for the mixed border, foundation planting or as an accent, this garden gem can do it all!
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‘Golden Ruby’ Barberry

Many folks agree that Barberries add great color, but don’t want to trim the thorny devils. ‘Golden Ruby’ requires little maintenance as it is very slow growing, topping out at less than 2’ x 2’. Another benefit is its sparse fruit set. But what makes this barberry a standout in the landscape is its stunning color transformation throughout the season. The spring foliage emerges a striking fluorescent orange, in summer the leaves mature to a burgundy maroon, with a gold ring around the outer leaf margin. In fall, the foliage changes yet again to flame orange to brick red. Striking as a border or in mass plantings, ‘Golden Ruby’ is also deer resistant.
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‘Daub’s Frosted’ Juniper

This is also a deer resistant shrub, prized for its eye-catching bright two-toned foliage. The new growth is golden yellow, radiating in points above the older feathery bluish-green foliage. The structure of this Juniper lends a fine texture to the landscape, and is great to use where a reliable bit of color is needed. Maturing at 1-2’ high and spreading to 4-6’ wide, ‘Daub’s Frosted’ makes an excellent choice for covering banks and slopes. It is particularly attractive around landscape boulders and rocks with its interesting foliage color.
Adding one or all or any combination of these hardy, sun-loving shrubs, is sure to brighten any landscape; the low maintenance and easy care qualities of each is an added bonus
Summer Solstice Celebration
Summer Solstice Celebration
Sat. & Sun.,
June 20 & 21

Sunday, June 21st, is the longest day and shortest night of the year, and we’re celebrating all weekend!The first 100 people in the door Saturday will receive a special gift
Free gift for Dad on Father’s Day

Both Days:
* Door Prizes Daily * Free Refreshments * Bounce House * Petting Zoo

Saturday. June 20

10:30 am – 11:30 am: Garden Bingo
Bring some friends or come by yourself and try your luck at this annual favorite. 1 card for $.25 or 5 for $1. Monies collected benefit Marne Food Pantry.

11 am – 3 pm: Artisans & Crafters

11:30 am – 2:30 pm – Lunch Served
Free. Donations benefit Marne Food Pantry

1 pm – 3 pm: Kids’ Craft
Come anytime between 1 and 3 and make a bee-utiful craft! Open to kids up to age 12.
Cost: $3

12 noon: The Power of the Pollinators
The most important pollinators in the world are bees! Master Gardener Lori Swihart gives you information about planting a pollination garden to attract bees and nurture the pollination process.
Cost Free: Seats limited, Please register in advance to reserve a seat (740)763-2873. Walk-ins welcome, but may have to stand.

1 pm: Exploring Bee Hives
Master Gardener and Beekeeper Lina Robinson will bring one of her bee hives (without bees) and literally give you a guided tour of the hive and explain its inner workings.
Cost Free: Seats limited, Please register in advance to reserve a seat (740)763-2873. Walk-ins welcome, but may have to stand.

2 pm: Beekeeping 101
Interested in getting started in beekeeping? Beekeeper Leah Latshaw will answer your questions about basic beekeeping. She will show you what equipment you need to get started, and she will also have some of her various honeys for sampling and for sale.
This is not a formal talk, but a question and answer.
Cost Free: Seats limited, Please register in advance to reserve a seat (740)763-2873. Walk-ins welcome, but may have to stand.

3 pm – 5 pm: Entertainment
The Smokey Row String Band

Sunday, June 21

11 am: Plant a Pollination Planter
Plant a combination planter with some of the most popular bee-attracting plants to take home with you.
Cost: $39
Advance registration is recommended as class size is limited. Payment due at time of registration.

11 am – 3 pm: Artisans & Crafters

11:30 am – 2:30 am: Lunch Served
Free. Donations benefit Marne Food Pantry.

1 pm – 3 pm: Kid’s Craft: Herb Planter
Come anytime between 1 and 3 and plant an herb planter. Open to kids up to age 12.
Cost: $3

1 pm – 2:30 pm: Entertainment
The Licking County 4-H Band

2:30 – 3:30 pm: Garden Bingo
Bring some friends or come by yourself and try your luck at this annual favorite. 1 card for $.25 or 5 for $1. Monies collected benefit Marne Food Pantry.

In the event of rain or threatening weather, some activities may be canceled or moved into the greenhouse. Check our website or call us for details.
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