Fresh mint can enhance garden and foods PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 May 2012 08:48
A container of mint used as an accent planting (Photo courtesy of Green Earth Media Group)
Mints are fast-growing spreading plants, so you need to give them room to grow without getting in the way. Mint varieties send out runners that spread above and just under the ground, quickly forming large, lush green patches.
Many authorities consider them invasive as they can easily take over any garden spot you choose, so choose wisely. Thus some experts prefer large containers to t confine it. If placed on a patio or near the kitchen door, it will also be handy for use in food preparation.
In the right place, mint makes a sensational, seasonal ground cover. You can also contain mint in tight places such as between pavers of a walkway.
When planted outdoors, it is important to select a damp area in the garden in either full sun or partial shade. Mint prefers fertile soil with a pH from 6.0 to 7.0, and is plenty vigorous on its own but will appreciate a little fertilizer every few weeks, especially if you harvest a lot. It can take over the whole garden if you let it.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012 11:33
Schedel Gardens to celebrate Mother's Day PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 April 2012 08:51
The bonsai shelter at Schedel Arboretum & Gardens is  one of numerous picturesque areas at the Elmore facility. (Photo courtesy of Schedel Gardens)
ELMORE - The Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, a 17-acre garden estate, is open through October for guests to wander.
A special event will be taking place Mother's Day weekend. On May 12 the gardens are hosting a "Meet the Artist" event to introduce guests to the many talented artists selling items in Schedel's gift shop called, The Garden Argosy. Artists will be giving demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Artists include origami, clay leaf impressions, gourd decorating, sea glass jewelry, purse making, steel artwork, and a local talent, Jan Pugh of Packer Creek Pottery in Genoa, will also be in attendance.
Kids are invited to plant a flower for mom with Schedel Assistant Grounds Superintendent, Kendra Schwartz. The children are invited to create a special keepsake for mom this Mother's Day. Gates close at 4 p.m., with regular admission prices.
On Mother's Day (May 13) mothers are invited to visit free of admission between noon and 4 p.m. Regular admission will apply to all other visitors.
Owens students to hold plant sale PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2012 08:45
Owens students Mary Visco, from left, Jordan Tuttle and Abby Sloan work on Hyper-Tuffa containers planting Succulents ahead of plant sale. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Area residents seeking to add new life and color to their gardens and yards are encouraged to attend the Landscape and Turfgrass Crew Club's annual spring plant sale at Owens Community College, next Wednesday and Thursday.
The sale will be held from 10 a.m. to  5 p.m. next to the greenhouse, which is near the entrance to the Owens Math/Science Center on the Oregon Road campus. The sale will feature a wide selection of shrubs and unusual trees, as well as annuals, and other items.
According to Chris Foley, Owens Associate Professor of Science, the student organization is to again offer the opportunity to purchase select trees, shrubs and annuals at a minimal cost.
"The annual spring plant sale also provides our students with the unique opportunity to showcase their talents to the general public and the campus community," added Foley. "The containers were all grown by the students within the college's greenhouse."
Open plant exchange set PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2012 09:14
The OSU Extension Wood County Master Gardeners will be hosting a plant exchange April 28, at the Wood County Fairgrounds. The event will be open to the public.
Master gardeners will give two free plants to everyone who attends,  but they encourage everyone to bring plants to share. Each visitor will get one additional free plant for each one they bring. Please label plants accordingly.  Plants can be dropped off between 9 and 10 a.m. at the Home and Garden World at the fairgrounds. There will also be information booths for questions.
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