Posted on March 2nd, 2015 at 3:03 PM by Newark Ohio Garden Club

Do you have broken flower pots sitting around? Click the link below to try an easy idea to re-purpose the pots!

December 26

Posted on December 26th, 2014 at 2:22 PM by Newark Ohio Garden Club

The great info presented by Lina Robinson at our November meeting about “what’s happening” this time of year in the garden, is now up on the website. Check the Monthly Educational section on the top bar.


Posted on October 6th, 2014 at 11:13 AM by Newark Ohio Garden Club

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Rosie Lerner, extension consumer horticulture specialist at Purdue University, shares tips for bulb planting.

Plant spring bulbs in the fall before the ground freezes—ideally, when soil temps are between 40 and 50 degrees. “This gives them a chance to get roots established before going into winter,” Rosie says.

Find a sunny spot. Generally, bulbs do best in full sun and well-drained soil.

Plant bulbs in groups for a loose, natural-looking display. “I like to plant lots of a particular variety for a massing effect,” Rosie says. Place five or six bulbs in each hole, making sure the hole’s depth is two to three times the bulb’s height. The pointy end should face up.

Protect bulbs from critters with a layer of gravel or mulch or a sheet of wire mesh over holes. You can remove the wire mesh when bulbs begin sprouting.

Plant with other perennials, such as hydrangeas, peonies or daylilies, that will help hide the bulbs’ foliage after blooms fade.  “For them to make a good comeback, they need their foliage to live as long as possible,” Rosie says. Don’t cut back foliage until it’s yellowed.







September 24

Container Drama
Posted on September 24th, 2014 at 10:49 AM by Newark Ohio Garden Club

Peacock kale and mums fill this planter in the front garden. Dried pampas grass and iris pods add height and texture. Why not give it a try, or something similar, for a quick fall arrangement to draw others to your front door!

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Posted on September 29th, 2013 at 4:56 PM by Newark Ohio Garden Club

If you already have a favorite successful way of storing dahlia tubers, you do not need to read any further. If you would like to try a new easy space- saving method, read on.

The American Dahlia Society suggests trying the following method with perhaps a few of your tubers. If this method works for you , you can use it with more or all of your tubers in the future.

Clean, inspect for rot and fungus, and then dry the tubers for at least 3 days in a basement or other area ( temperature above freezing but below 50 degrees.Try this new method of storing: Wrap each tuber in Saran Wrap or similar type plastic wrap. Place in a box in your storage area.

With this method you save space and the cost of vermiculite or other storage material. A second advantage is that you do not need to check the tubers over the winter as is necessary when storing in vermiculite.

Source : Greater Columbus Dahlia Society website

September 23

Preparation for Fall
Posted on September 23rd, 2012 at 2:26 PM by Newark Ohio Garden Club

There are many tips for taking care of perennials in preparation for fall and winter. One good site we found is the U of Illinois. Scroll down and read their advice on “Some Favorite Links”. Quite simple and easy to follow.

Posted on October 23rd, 2011 at 11:30 AM by Newark Ohio Garden Club

Don’t cut those dried stems! Mature seed pods provide a natural food source for the birds throughout the winter.
Leave the seed heads from your sunflowers, cone flowers, black eyed Susans,salvias, phlox, thistles and ironweed.

Small seed eating birds like chickadees and gold finches will feed straight from the pods. Ground feeding birds like cardinals and sparrows will find seed that has fallen to the ground.

Leaving your seed heads also adds appeal to a garden in winter. Leaving the mature seed pods saves time and work while helping your feathered friends
If leaving the stems is not appealing to you, then cut the stems and make a bouquet and hang it from a fence or tree . The birds will find the food.

August 4

Posted on August 4th, 2011 at 3:01 PM by Newark Ohio Garden Club


If you are lucky enough to  enjoy the beauty of irises in your garden in spring, you will want to take time now to assess whether your plants need to be divided. August and September are the times to divide your irises if they need it. You will want to divide your plants when the soil is still warm but the air has begun to cool. It is important to replant at this peak time when the disturbed roots have time to re-establish themselves without placing a severe demand on them to supply a lot of moisture to the leaves.  Wait until day time temperatures drop from the 90’s!

Irises do not need to be divided every year -usually every 3-4 years is the norm.

What are the signs that my irises need to be divided?

1. Irises that do not bloom as profusely as they once did. Overcrowded  rhizomes will produce fewer flowers.

2. Overcrowded rhizomes may also start to heave from the ground.  The plants may start to push on each other resulting in a mass that looks like a pile of snakes or spaghetti.


November 2

November Garden Tip
Posted on November 2nd, 2010 at 2:28 PM by Newark Ohio Garden Club

Frost can crack terra-cotta pots. To prevent this, empty contents, scrub with water and stiff brush. Store upside down in shed or garage. Don’t stack.

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.