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August 29, 2019
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Exercise your Mind and your Body
by Joey Bokor

Reading and Exercising
You know it is important to keep in shape. If your doctor is like mine, you are probably reminded each year about good eating habits and that your cholesterol needs to come down a few points. With that in mind, there is an elliptical trainer in our garage. It's been used . . . some, mostly by Kim. I never have been able to get on board with the whole running thing. I should probably do it more.

But when I went to our garage the other day, I did find someone using it, in a pretty unique way (see the picture at right). At first, I wanted to reprimand 'Be careful, you'll hurt yourself; That's for Mom and Dad.' But then as I looked closer, I realized she wasn't in any danger. She'd found the perfect way to sit, read a book and keep her legs moving at the same time. When I asked her what she was doing, she said she was exercising her mind and her body at the same time.

I did not have a great retort. I mean, how do you argue with that. All I could say is 'Continue, little one. Never stop exercising your mind and your body.' And, at least for that moment, she gave me an excuse for why I wasn't using the elliptical trainer.

Of course, she's right. Being in good physical shape is important and keeping our minds sharp is too. And I don't mean arithmetic drills or complicated logic puzzles. Keeping our minds focused, grounded and relaxed is important. Finding positive ways to deal with the stress of the world is super important. And that's where your garden comes in. Everything about being in the garden is helpful in some way to your body or mind. It burns calories and gets your heart rate up, keeping that ever-pumping muscle in shape so that it can keep on beating. It gets your hands in the dirt, connects you with something real, instead of some filtered post on social media. It relaxes your soul as you watch the fruits of your labor bloom away season after season.

With fall right around the corner, we are looking forward to a new season of gardening. The fall schedule of upcoming workshops has been posted online, and it will kick off on September 21st with Fall Veggies. Before you know it, the weather will cool and you've got the perfect way to exercise your mind and body, no exercise equipment needed.
Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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When I close my eyes, I see fall gardens and pumpkin spice lattes. Well, we may not be quite there yet, but fresh seeds for the fall and spring season just arrived. Stock up now and get 10% off, this week only.
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Garden Tip
Starting Veggies from Seeds

1) Plant at the correct depth - This is the most important part of planting seeds. A general rule of thumb is that small seeds should be planted shallow (a quarter of an inch under the soil) and large seeds should be planted deep (around an inch under the soil). Each seed packet will tell you the depth that particular seed variety should be planted at. Follow it. Seeds that want to be shallow won't have the energy to reach sunlight if they are planted too deep. Seeds that want to be deeper will emerge too quickly and won't be strong enough to stay upright if they are planted too shallow.

2) Start Seeds in Pots or Trays - Some seeds, like lettuce, spinach, radishes and carrots are easier to start right in garden beds. But some veggies like collards, broccoli, tomatoes and peppers are easier to start in individual pots or trays. We like to use old egg cartons with holes poked in them as our seed-starting trays. This allows you to start a number of seeds and then select the strongest plants for your garden. When starting seeds in pots or trays, use a very light soil, such as Ferti-Lome's Seed and Cutting Mix. A dense, heavy soil can be tough for a little seedling to push through.

3) Water seeds properly - Seeds don't need a whole lot to get started. A little sunlight and moderate moisture is all that they require. Avoid over-saturating the soil that you are starting seeds in, as this can lead to disease issues and poor growth of seedlings. As seedlings grow larger, increase the amount of water they receive.

4) Transplant - The first set of leaves that emerge are called seed-leaves. The second set will be the true leaves. Once the true leaves have emerged, your new seedlings should be ready for transplant. Don't let them stay in little trays too long or they will get rootbound.

5) Have Fun - Seeds are a great way to start heirloom varieties that are hard to find as starter plants and it is the best way to start large beds of lettuce, spinach and other greens. So experiment a little, find a variety and challenge yourself to have your best harvests ever.

New Arrivals
Sunshine Mimosa

Native Groundcover
6" Pot - $5.99
Fresh Milkweed

Food for Monarchs
6" Pot - $5.99

Sugar Apple

Delicious, Sweet Fruit
10" Pot - $49.99

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