Now is the Time,
Kerby's is the Place

 August 28, 2014   

It's time to start
preparing veggie garden beds.
Don't you love when you look at the calendar and realize that it is almost September. When you love your garden, you just can't wait to get out and start adding pretty fall color. Hopefully the first signs of some ever-so-slightly cooler nights will be here (at this point low 70s sounds like at treat doesn't it.) As we approach September, it's time to start preparing veggie garden beds. See below for some things that you should do now, before planting season is here. And this weekend is the last to take advantage of Kerby's summer sales. We'll be open normal hours Saturday and Sunday, but closing at 1pm on Monday September 1st. Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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We don't usually talk about azaleas in the summertime, but you've got to come in and see the beautiful blooms on the Bloom 'N Again azaleas. These compact azaleas stay just a few feet tall and bloom multiple times through the year. They are blooming nicely now and will add some much needed color to part shade areas of your landscape. Don't forget to plant your azaleas with Kerby's Pulverized Pine Soil.



Preparing your Veggie Garden

With the start of the fall veggie season just a few weeks away, now is a great time to starting preparing vegetable beds for a new season of delicious harvests. Preparing the soil now allows everything to settle a bit before planting time is actually here. So get out and get your hands dirty. Then when it's time to plant, the hard work will be done.

Plan your Garden - This is the fun part! (Plus you can do it inside in the air conditioning.) Take a little time now to plan out your garden. Think about what worked last season and what didn't. Which veggies will you start from seeds, and which will you start from seedlings? Is there a new vegetable that you are thinking of trying? Sketch out a garden layout, and figure out a planting schedule. A little planning now goes a long way toward creating a successful garden and lots of yummy vegetables for you and your family.

Tend the Soil - The condition of your soil will make or break your garden. Vegetable plants get nutrients from the soil, so the richer the soil, the healthier plants will be. Healthy plants mean great harvests of vegetables rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Our favorite garden mix is 75% Kerby's Planting Soil and 25% top soil, then we'll usually dress the tops of our beds with some cow manure, peat or home compost. If you are replanting an existing bed, be sure to use compost or cow manure to add nutrients lost from last season's garden.  

 Amend the Soil - If you need to add any soil amendments, now is the time to do so. The most common amendments are a fertilizer to beef up the soil, or lime if the soil's pH is off (lime is especially good for tomatoes). Add fertilizers and other amendments to the top of the new soil, and then till or turn everything down to a depth of about 12 inches, making sure it all gets mixed together well. Now the refreshed soil should sit for a few weeks to come together, and then it will be ready when it is time to plant.


Start Some Seeds - It is still a little hot and humid for putting out veggie plants, but if you do want to get a little jump on the fall veggie season, this is a great time to start planting seeds. Use old egg cartons, or small plastic pots to start seeds. Keep them in a partly sunny, protected area and in a few weeks, they will be ready to plant. Seeds are a great way to start some cool varieties of veggies that you don't always find as seedlings.

A successful vegetable garden is no accident. With a little preparation and planning now, you can make this fall season your best garden ever.

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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

Store Hours
Open Seven Days a Week
Monday - Saturday,  9:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday,  11:00am - 4:00pm

Closing at 1PM on Monday, Sept 1st