September 1Monthly Program Reminder
Date: September 12, 2014-Noon
Location: Licking County Public Library-101 West Main St. Newark
Program: “Shrubs and Small Trees for the Home Landscape” by Michelle Thomas
Roll Call: Name your favorite gardening book.
September 1Garden Tips for October
October is the time to plant bulbs for spring beauty and color. Daffodils are a favorite of many Central Ohio gardeners because they are so versatile and hearty. Daffodils naturalize year to year. Deer will not eat the daffodil plants or flowers and, squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits will generally not dig, move, or chew daffodil bulbs.
When selecting daffodil or other bulbs, pick only dry hard bulbs. Always try to pick the largest bulbs- the larger the bulb, the larger the flower.
Selecting a planting site
1. Good drainage is critical -a slight slope helps drainage
2. Plant where bulbs will have some sun. Ideally, select a site with at least half a day of sun. Planting under a tree should work because daffodils bloom before foliage appears.
Preparing the soil
Lewis Turner in his publication Let’s Grow Daffodils, says, “Many people make the mistake of planting a $50 plant in a 25 cent hole.” Good preparation improves drainage. Lift soil the depth of a shovel to break up large lumps of soil -especially if clay based. OSU Extension recommends amending heavy clay soil by adding amounts of 1/3 to – 1/2 sand, compost, peat or aged bark.
Plant about 4 times the height of the bulb–6-8 inches for daffodils.
Plant daffodils in groups of 3 ,5 or 7.
Water bulbs after planting.
Lewis P. Turner’s, Let’s Grow Daffodils A handbook on Daffodil Culture-1994, Turner’s Patch, P.O. Box 697, Walkersville , MD 21793
Ohio line.os.edu/hyperfact sheet 1000/1237,html
For more information
www. our ohio.org>hardy bulbs in Ohio fact sheet HYG -1237-98
August 1Monthly Program Reminder
Date: August 8,2014
Location: Home of Lina Robinson
9601 Fallsburg Road , Newark, Ohio
Program: Exploring the Beehive with Lina Robinson
Carpools will leave Ollie’s Parking Lot at 11:30 am sharp