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Rural greenhouse blossoms at market PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Garden Editor   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 09:30
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Linda Joseph, of Joseph's R&R Greenhouse holds one of many pots and mums. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
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Joseph holds a young chrysanthemum ready for planting.
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A shopper visits Joseph's stand at the Farmer's Market in BG.
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Blueberries and tomatoes were among Wednesday's offerings at the Downtown Farmer's Market in BG.
Revising an old adage, "big things come in small greenhouses," at least at Joseph's R & R Greenhouse.
"We are not big, but we plant everything ourselves," said Linda Joseph who operates the rural Bowling Green business along with her husband, Ron. "We take a lot of care with what is grown here, not shipped in."
She said much of what they sell is planted from seeds, though some begin with tiny shoots.
A first glance at the modest greenhouses on Housekeeper Road does not convey the lush foliage, flowers and vegetables which it produces.
Because of their personal care and touches, Joseph says they are proud of the quality of everything they sell.
"People are very loyal to us," she added noting a great volume of repeat business due to the quality of their products.
Their retail sales are primarily over for the spring season, with only limited hours until the chrysanthemum and hardy aster sales in the fall.
However, Joseph said many people are still purchasing perennials to enhance or fill a void in their landscape.
"People are always looking for the 'new' perennial. They want something different," she said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:18
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Library benefit set for Schedel Gardens in Elmore PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 09:29
ELMORE - The Wood County District Public Library will hold its fourth annual Library Foundation benefit at Schedel Gardens July 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Expenses for the benefit have been underwritten by sponsors. All proceeds will be used to purchase books for the library.
Exclusive garden tours start at 4:30 p.m. with golf carts available.
There will be food and beverages along with live and silent auctions.
Tickets are on sale now at the library, priced at $100 each. Of that total, $75 is tax deductible.
 
Quilt garden new venture for area gardener PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Garden Editor   
Thursday, 05 July 2012 09:00
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Sandy Grolle next to her quilt garden which is in the shape of a peace sign. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
One Wood County Master Gardener is spending more time in her garden now that she has retired from her post with the Jordan Family Development Center.
One of Sandy Grolle's first projects at her rural Bowling Green home on Anderson Road, was to combine her passion for gardening with her love for quilts. Grolle planted a "quilt garden."
She had seen quilt gardens on previous trips to Shipshewana in Michigan, where the concept is quite popular. For those not familiar, the idea is to plant your flowers in such a manner so that when they are fully grown, the pattern will resemble a quilt.
"Instead of material, you use flowers," she explained of her garden which was designed as a peace sign.
Using seven flats, she planted Hawaii Blue Ageratum; gnome purple Gomprena; Silver Dust Dusty Miller, Green Leaf Rose Begonia and marigolds.
Though she is pleased with her effort, like any good gardener, she is already planning how to do it better next year. It is not filling out as quickly as she hoped.
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Containers can be attractive to butterflies, birds and people PDF Print E-mail
Written by MELINDA MYERS, Gardening expert   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 09:23
Add a little extra color and motion to your summer garden with containers designed to attract birds and butterflies. Many garden centers continue to sell annuals throughout the summer and many of these mid-season annuals are a bit bigger, providing instant impact.
It's easier than you think to attract birds and butterflies and the good news is you don't need a lot of space to do it.  Container gardens give you the ability to attract wildlife to your backyard, patio, deck or even balcony. Simply follow these four steps and your garden will be filled with color, motion and a season of wildlife.
1, Provide food for birds and butterflies.  Include plants with flat daisy-like flowers like pentas, zinnias, and cosmos to attract butterflies. For hummingbirds, include some plants with tubular flowers including nicotiana, cuphea, salvia, and fuchsia. And don't forget about the hungry caterpillars that will soon turn into beautiful butterflies. Parsley, bronze fennel, and licorice vines are a few favorites that make great additions to container gardens. You can even create containers that will attract seed-eating birds. Purple Majesty millet, coneflower, coreopsis, and Rudbeckias will keep many of the birds returning to your landscape.
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Over-watering can kill healthy plants PDF Print E-mail
Written by KATE COPSEY Master gardner, columnist   
Thursday, 05 July 2012 08:59
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These two photos show the same hydrangea. In the top photo the leaves are down-turned, which is a frequent sign of lack of water. However the bottom photo shows the same plant later in the evening without any water added. Many gardeners mistakenly water when water is not needed. (Photos by Kate Copsey)
Without a doubt, even with the weekend storms, it has been hot and dry out there and both field crops and your garden plants are showing some stress from lack of water. However, more garden plants and shrubs are killed by well-intentioned homeowners over-watering them, than are killed by under watering them.
The problem stems from the homeowner misreading the signs.
When a plant or shrub is in need of water, the leaves turn downward and curl up. In situations such as with houseplants, this is a clear sign that you need to give the plant some water. In very hot weather though a similar appearance is not a sign of dehydration but rather a natural conservation method from the plant.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 July 2012 09:44
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