Three easy tips to enhance rose bushes this spring PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 15 May 2014 08:57
After a long, cold, bunkered-down winter is there anything as heart-gladdening as the signs of spring? Bare trees begin to bud up ready to blossom or unfurl their leaves. The bulbs emerge to promise color and scent, and the days start to fill with birdsong. It's all wonderful, but seeing the waking rose is always a sure sign of the warmer weather.
Of course this happens at different times depending on where you garden. The deeper the winter cold, the later the moment when your roses start to pop, but come it will. And to make the most of your roses, these tweaks are designed to bring on a glorious summer-long display.
Here's how:
1.   Pick the right rose in the first place. It's easy to fall in love with a rose at face value - literally by its flower - but slow down long enough to check how it grows below the neck before you make a decision. Look to fill your garden with rose bushes that are lush and softly mounded because you also want the plant to look good in the landscape. Also, pick a rose that's super easy to grow so you don't have to fuss with complex pruning, or spraying to deal with aphids and black spot.
Plants find new homes at annual BG plant exchange PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 08 May 2014 08:35
Bill Hale carries a variety of plants out to a customer's car near the end of the Bowling Green plant exchange. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
As many as 1,000 or more plants found new homes at the recent plant exchange conducted by The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Wood County. The spring event was held in the Home and Garden Building at the Wood County Fairgrounds.
More than 250 people brought in plants they no longer wanted or had divided from their current gardens during the first hour. Each was entitled to two free plants plus one in exchange for each one brought by them.
Organizers were able to provide the free offerings from donations from their own "master gardens" as well as generous donations from Simpson Garden Park, Schedel Gardens, the and the City of Bowling Green to name a few. More than 500 plants were donated to the cause. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:32
Trees are important to garden landscape PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Garden Editor   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 09:29
Chess Venis (from left) Eric Jahns, and Tad Eynon plant maple trees at North Branch Nursery in Pemberville. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PEMBERVILLE - When people consider gardening many only think of vegetables and/or flowers. That would be a mistake.
The right tree, shrub or bush can make a huge difference in the landscape and appearance of one's property and enhance the garden(s).
Like smaller plants, the variety available is endless, according to Laura Esker, the Garden Center manager at North Branch Nursery in Pemberville, it is much better to have lengthy discussion with a professional before doing anything else.
If one plants a $2 or $5 plant in the ground and it dies a premature death, you have not lost much; however plant a $50 and up tree and it is put in the wrong place and doesn't make it, now you have lost something more significant.
"Fall is the nicer time to plant, but you also can plant in the spring as long as you will be there to water," she said cautioning against extended vacations.
Hosta and Daylily Society plant sale set PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 08 May 2014 08:31
The Black Swamp Hosta and Daylily Society will be holding its 19th annual plant sale on May17 at Walt Churchill's Supermarket parking lot on 26625 N. Dixie Highway, (Ohio Route 25) in Perrysburg.  
The sale will begin at 8 a.m. and run until sold out. In past years, the sell out point usually has occurred by noon. The sale will be held rain or shine. Organizers suggest to get there early for the best selection of hostas, daylilies, ferns, wildflowers, companion perennial plants, and more. All plants are from the gardens of members, and are offered at very reasonable prices.
Plant a Row for the Hungry PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 09:27
Following a successful 2013 gardening season raising fresh vegetables, Oberlin (College) Community Services looks forward to another productive gardening year.
Local gardeners are pitching in again by growing an extra row for the Plant a Row for the Hungry program.
This year's event will be Saturday. For details call (917) 753-2263 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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