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Posted on February 24th, 2015 at 12:45 PM by Newark Ohio Garden Club

DATE:                   March 13, 2015

LOCATION:       Heath United Methodist Church, 1149 Hebron Rd, Heath ,OH 43056

PROGRAM:        Culinary Herbs-Linda James, Licking County Master Gardeners, President

ROLL CALL:       Who introduced you to the love of gardening?

 

 

Posted on February 10th, 2015 at 9:53 AM by Newark Ohio Garden Club

Thinking ahead about good eats?  Why not grow your own lettuce (s) ?

Imagine yourself going to the front porch or patio and reaching up instead of reaching down for the makings of a fresh salad!  The link below provides an easy-to-follow sheet of directions. Plus, it looks like fun!

hanging lettuce basket

Posted on September 1st, 2014 at 11:35 AM by Newark Ohio Garden Club

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.

Selecting 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.

Planting bulbs

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.

References

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


October 23

Lasagna Gardening
Posted on October 23rd, 2011 at 8:10 PM by Newark Ohio Garden Club

Lasagna gardening gets its name from layering, layering, layering! It is a no-dig, no-till garden that results in rich soil with very little work.

You can start your garden at any time of the year. However fall is the best time because the layers will break down over the winter. In the spring you will have good rich soil in which to plant your flowers or vegetables.
Materials that can be used in lasagna gardens are: leaves, dried grass clippings, fruit and vegetable scraps, aged manure, compost, peat, pine needles, spent blooms and trimmings from the garden, newspaper (no glossy sheets or magazines) and cardboard (remove packing tape). DO NOT use any protein materials such as meat or dairy products.

Starting your Lasagna Garden:
1. Put down newspaper – use about eight sheets and overlap them a couple of inches. Wet the newspaper thoroughly.
2. Put down a layer of brown materials: fall leaves, peat, pine needles or shredded newspaper.
3. Put down a layer of green materials: fruit and vegetable scraps, garden trimmings or dried grass clippings.
4. Repeat layers #2 and #3 until your lasagna garden is about 2’ deep. The height will shrink as the layers decompose.
5. As a general rule your brown layers should be twice as deep as your green layers.
6. The final layer should be either aged manure or compost.
7. The top may be lightly sprinkled with bone meal and wood ash for added phosphorus and potassium.
8. When you are done layering wet the garden so that it is moist through all of the layers.

Chop your brown and green materials as small as possible so that they will break down quicker.

Benefits of lasagna gardening include fewer weeds, better water retention, less need for fertilizer and soil that is very easy to work.

By Sherry LeMaster

September 1

September Garden Tips
Posted on September 1st, 2010 at 2:02 PM by Newark Ohio Garden Club

September is a good time to divide or split many perennials. Dividing perennials helps to

  • renew plant vigor
  • promote better blooming
  • control spreading

A good rule of thumb is to divide perennials which bloom in spring or early/mid-summer in early fall.

A few examples are: astilbe, coreopsis, dianthus, hostas and salvia.