Now is the Time,
Kerby's is the Place

April 3, 2014   

Cooking is even more fun when using ingredients from your garden.
One of our family's favorite things to do (after gardening of course) is cooking. From homemade pizza and pasta, to mouth-watering salmon and shrimp, we always try to cook at home. And to bring our two favorite things together, we use as many fresh ingredients from our garden as possible. Tonight, we are cooking salmon with a slice of lemon and fresh dill, probably served with some rosemary potatoes. And all of the herbs are cut fresh out of our garden. It's a great way to show the kids where food comes from and it also beats using dried herbs that have been sitting around in the pantry for years.



Fresh and delicious, an herb garden can look beautiful and make all of your recipes taste delicious.
So what's growing in your garden this season? Now is a great time to get your spring vegetables and herbs planted. We just got a fresh shipment of veggies and herbs in, and the seed rack is fully stocked. To learn all about planting a wonderful herb garden, come out to Kerby's this Saturday, at 10am, for the Herb Gardening Workshop. We'll cover all of the basics of planting and tending to herbs and we'll talk about the cool herbs that grow in our area and how to use them. Come on out and make your garden delicious.


Happy Spring,
The Kerby's Nursery Family


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Confederate Jasmine
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A sure sign that spring is really here is blooming confederate jasmine. They've started budding at the nursery, and are just waiting to add delightful fragrance to your landscape. Confederate jasmine is a tough, hardy vine that grows in sun or shade and easily covers a fence, trellis or arbor.


Let's Get Herbal
So after you've attended the Herb Workshop this weekend and learned how to grow beautiful herbs, what do you do with them? Below are some ideas for using those delicious and useful fresh herbs that you've grown.

Bath Thyme - Use fresh garden herbs to create an aromatherapy bath that will relax and refresh you. Infuse oil with lavender, rosemary or lemon grass ahead of time and simply add to hot bath water. Or, pick a handful of fresh herbs at bath time, crush to release the oils and add to the bath. You can also put freshly crushed herbs in a sachet before throwing them in the water to keep the leaves from getting caught in the drain. However you choose, sit back, relax and let the fresh fragrances lift your stress away.

 

Make it Spicy - Of course the most popular use for fresh herbs is cooking, and what dish wouldn't taste better with oregano or basil from your garden instead of dried up old leaves! Crush or chop herbs just as you are about to use them so that the oils are released in your dish.

 

 

Healing - One of the oldest uses of herbs is not for their flavor and spice, but for their healing powers. Many of these remedies have been used since ancient times. Next time you have a headache or stomachache, try a freshly infused herbal tea instead of grabbing pills from the medicine cabinet. Below is a list of some common herbs and the healing properties they have.

Basil - can help alleviate kidney problems, as well as soothe anxiety.
Chamomile - also calms nerves and settles the stomach.
Fennel - helps detoxify the body and restore normal stomach function.
Parsley - is a blood builder and full of vitamins.
Sage - is antibacterial and antiviral. Great for treating colds and sore throats.
Thyme - is a powerful antiseptic.
Catnip - soothes a cough or cold.
Dill - makes a powerful tea for stomach or intestinal issues.
Rosemary - is a food preservative and digestive aid.



Upcoming Events


 

Workshop: Herb Gardening
Saturday, April 5th at 10am

Come out and see how delicious gardening can be. We'll talk about growing herbs, how to use them and share some recipes. Yummy.




 

Workshop: Growing Roses in Florida
Saturday, April 12th at 10am
Presented by the Tampa Rose Society

Ready, set, grow! Sure roses can be a challenge in Florida, but armed with the information from this workshop, presented by the Tampa Rose Society, you'll be on your way to growing healthy rose bushes that produce the loveliest roses on the block. As a bonus, Rose Society members will be at Kerby's until 1pm to answer questions and talk roses.

 

 

5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19th at 10am SHARP!
Please note the Easter egg hunt is on Saturday

Bring your Easter basket and get ready for a whole lot of fun . . . it's the 5th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kerby's. Starting right at 10:00am, be ready to hunt and see how many Easter Eggs you can find hidden among the beautiful flowers.

 


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2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265
www.kerbysnursery.com


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