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August 15, 2019
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Back to School
by Joey Bokor

A Classic Back-to-School Photo
Back to School. For students and teachers, it is the start of a new school year. For those of us not in school, it is a little extra traffic on the road in the morning.

For me, every year when back-to-school time comes around, I find myself reminiscing about my first days of school. There was always a new outfit, which as you can see in the picture was often less cool than I remember, but hey, it was the 80s . . . And besides just clothes, there was often a new backpack, freshly sharpened pencils and a trapper keeper ready to organize the new year. For my family, back to school breakfast was always French toast. Then when it was time, we loaded in the car, headed to the bus stop or in later years, drove ourselves to school. That day was always exciting. New friends, new classes, a new year.

Back-to-School 2019
It's the new-ness of everything that makes back-to-school so exciting. It's a fresh start. And we all love a fresh start. And even though the kids are back in school a little earlier than they used to be, it is still a signal that an end to summer is in sight and that fall will be on its way soon.

So, grab a little of the back to school excitement and get something started for yourself. We are into the dog days of summer, but that doesn't mean there aren't things to do in the garden. And hey, maybe with the kids back in school, you'll have a little more time to get to it. Before you know it, fall veggie season will be here and even though it isn't time to plant just yet, it is time to prepare the soil. With that work done now, when the first days of fall arrive, you'll be ready to go back to the garden. I think that is even more exciting than back to school.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Garden Tip
Preparing for Fall Veggies

As we come into the home stretch of the summer season, it is time to start dreaming of fall. Before you know it, a new season will arrive and with it, a fresh vegetable garden. To prepare for planting season, get the soil in your garden ready now. That way, when it is time to get veggies in the ground, you'll be all set to plant.

1) Remove the Bad Stuff - If your garden is like mine, there are still some left over spring vegetable plants and lots of weeds growing. That's actually not all bad, because weeds are a sign of healthy soil. But you do need to clean it up to be ready to add fresh soil. Pull all weeds, old plants, roots, sticks, mulch, rocks and any debris out of your gardens. Then you will be ready to add some new soil.

2) Start with Great Soil - The condition of your soil will make or break your veggie garden. Vegetables get most of their nutrients from the soil, so the healthier the soil, the healthier the plants and in turn the more nutrients that make their way into the vegetables you harvest. The mix we like to use is half Kerby's Planting Soil to half top soil. Add some new soil to your garden a few weeks before you plant each season to replenish nutrients lost. Once added, turn the soil with a shovel or till in to mix everything up.

3) Add Some Nutrients - Especially if you are planting the same veggies in the same place season after season, make sure to add fertilizer when turning the soil. Garden-tone fertilizer is an organic option that adds great nutrients into the soil. You can also add a little lime to sweeten the soil, which is especially helpful for tomatoes.

4) Mix Well - The key to preparing soil is to have it mixed together well a few weeks ahead of planting time so that it gets a chance to come together. So make sure that you mix it up and then lightly tamp it down to level. Give it a few weeks and you'll be ready to plant.

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