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Issue Thirty Seven
Peach Truck
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The Peach Truck
The Peach Truck is back this year with delicious Georgia Peaches.

If you missed the Peach Truck on June 27th, there is still another chance to get these delicious treats.

Saturday, July 18
3:30 - 5 pm

Available in 25 lb. boxes for $39. Stop by between these times to buy yourself a box of peaches.
New For 2015
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"Dorothy & Toto" Daylily
"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more."
~ Wizard of Oz

Beautiful blooms of salmon and peach rise above the foliage early summer.
Group in groups of 3 for a stunning effect in the garden.

28 - 32 Inches Tall
14 - 16 Inches Wide
Farmers Market
Every Friday
from 3-6 pm.

The Farmers' Market is being held in our west parking lot every Friday, until September 25th.  Parking is available in the front of the store.

The Farmers Market takes place rain or shine.

We have had people asking about whether or not some of the vendors take the Senior Farmers Market Coupons. Yes, some of the vendors participate in that program, but not all of them.

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

Any questions regarding the Farmer's Market  can be addressed to  Ruth at 740-763-2873 or office@great-gardeners.com.
Current Special
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Vegetables, & Herbs

Buy 1
Get 1 Free!

(Free one of equal or lesser value)

(Does not include perennials, house plants, succulents or terrarium plants.)

For other great specials visit our website or sign up for our "Specials E-Newsletter" sent out once a week with our  specials.
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.

Wilson's Garden Center: Straw Bale Update

Wilson's Garden Center: In The Garden With Abby: Segment 12: How to harvest Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cabbage

Wilson's Garden Center: In The Garden With Abby: Update On Rapunzel & Tomtato
Featured Product
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Deer Stopper II

Keep the deer from eating your garden with our most popular brand of Deer deterrent.

Organic and safe to use around fruits and vegetables.

Just spray on plants and let dry. Smells like cinnamon and not like harsh chemicals. Touch up after a heavy rain.
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

July Hours
Monday - Saturday:
9 am - 6 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

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Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

Your not alone if you have suffered some losses at the hands of mother nature. Many people have been calling in asking what they can do to save their garden. Unfortunately, in some cases it means having to replant.

There is still plenty of time in the growing season to plant some varieties of vegetables such as okra, peppers, tomatoes, beans and cole crops. At this point in the game though, you will want to start off with potted plants versus seed, unless you are planting cole crops.

Annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees can all be planted safely to spruce up holes in your landscaping.

In this issue, Japanese beetles, how to identify poison ivy and a few photos from my Michigan journey.

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

Japanese Beetles
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This year the Japanese Beetles are wreaking havoc in gardens all around Central Ohio. Unfortunately, they do not discriminate on what types of plants they feed on. Leaving behind skeletonized leaves and completely defoliated plants in their wake.

One beetle may not cause much damage, but they like to feed  in groups.

There is hope for your garden. Although it is impossible to get rid of Japanese beetles entirely, there are some controls which can be used that with a little time and patience will keep them in check.
  • Hand Pick: Each morning pick them off plants and toss them into a bucket of soapy water. If you get the "scouts" that are the first to arrive, it will greatly reduce the overall population.
  • Neem Oil - Is an excellent all purpose insecticide, miticide, fungicide for organic gardening. It is also safe to use around pets and children. Just follow directions on bottle.
  • Milky Spore - Prevention is the best medicine. Place down Milky Spore to kill future grubs that turn into Japanese Beetles, following the directions on the back of the bag.
Many people ask about Japanese Beetle traps which are out on the market. We do not carry them here at the store, reason being is they attract more beetles to your garden than you may have had previously and they are not a very good means of eradication.
How To Identify Poison Ivy
There are many different varieties of Poison Ivy that grow through out the United States. Here in Ohio the most common variety is the Eastern Poison Ivy.

Poison Ivy is very dangerous especially if a person is highly allergic to it. So knowing what the plant looks like is extremely important. These little rhymes will help you to know what to look for the next time you are in your garden.

"Leaves of three, let it be" - This old rhyme refers to the grouping of leaves that are most commonly associated with poison ivy. Though there are many other plants with three predominate leaves, this can be a good starting point for identification.

"Berries white, run in fright" & "Berries white, danger in sight." - The berry-like fruit mature by August to November with a grayish-white colour. Fruits are a favorite of some birds and other animals. Seeds are spread mainly by animals and remain viable after passing through the digestive tract.

"Red leaflets in spring, it's a dangerous thing." - In the spring new leaflets may have a red shiny appearance. Growing into summer, the leaflets turn green. Followed in fall with bright reddish - orange foliage.

"If butterflies land there, don't put your hand there." - Some butterflies land on poison ivy, since they are not affected, which provides them protection as their predators avoid eating the plant.

"Hairy vine, no friend of mine." & " Raggy rope, don't be a dope!" -  Poison ivy vines on trees have a furry "raggy " appearance. Old, mature vines on tree trunks can be quite large and long, with the recognizable leaves obscured among the higher foliage of the tree.

"Longer middle stem, stay away from them." - This refers to the middle leaflet having a notably longer stem than the two side leaflets and is a key to differentiating it from the similar-looking Rhus aromatica - Fragrant sumac.

"Side leaflets like mittens, will itch like the dickens." - This refers to the appearance of some, but not all, poison ivy leaves, where each of the two side leaflets has a small notch that makes the leaflet look like a mitten with a "thumb."
Vacation Photos
The Bavarian Belle Boat and covered bridge in Frankenmuth.
Last week we went to Michigan for a working vacation, as I like to call them. We stopped in Frankenmuth before heading over to Grand Rapids for a two day conference.

Frankenmuth is one of my favorite towns to visit. There are tons of shops to shop in, but the best part is just walking down the street and seeing the beautiful flowers and the architecture of the buildings.
Fountain in Frankenmuth.
Fountain In Frankenmuth.
After we were done in Grand Rapids we decided to go to Fred Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Last year we had thought about visiting, but ended up not stopping. So this year we actually went.
Front of conservatory.
Fred Meijer Gardens is situated on 158 acres of land split between indoor and outdoor gardens. They have outdoor statuary along with a Japanese Garden, Children's Garden and more. It took us most of the day to go through all of the areas and even then I think we missed some.
Barrel Cactus at Fred Meijer
My daughter is the purple shirt.
So if you are ever in Michigan and looking for places with beautiful flowers and scenery, you might want to check these areas out.
Doesn't this look kind of like the Whomping Willow from Harry Potter?
Giant Trowel
Can you guess what this is made of? If, you guessed driftwood, your wrong. It is actually made out of steel.
The beautiful Japanese Garden that was finished this year.
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