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February 6, 2014   

The palm tree saw its shadow, so six more weeks of Florida.
So what do you think, did Punxsutawney Phil get it right, are we going to have six more weeks of winter? Or is it like the funny little thing going around on facebook said: 'The palm tree saw its shadow, so six more weeks of Florida'? I don't know about you, but at Kerby's we love Florida winters. I'd much rather put a frost blanket or two out instead of worrying about snowblowers and snow shovels. And the nice mild temps mean we don't just have to dream about fun in the garden, but we actually get to have it. Lots of cool spring stuff is arriving at Kerby's daily, including beautiful spring flowers like supertunias, superbells and kangaroo paw. This week has also seen a delivery or two of delicious fruit trees, including soursops, mulberries and a new mango variety called SweetTart. Plus it's time to start thinking about your spring veggie garden. See the article below for information on planting vegetables from seeds and come on out and see the great selection of vegetable seeds and all of the other cool stuff. We hope you are as excited about spring as we are.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Growing Vegetables from Seed

Below is a little information on starting veggies from seeds. If you want to get a headstart on the upcoming veggie season, this is a great way to go. Plus Kerby's has lots of seeds in stock from Botanical Interests with lots of great organic selections, and all seeds are certified GMO free.

Plant Seeds Properly - That seems obvious doesn't it . . . but two things are critical when planting veggie seeds. Plant seeds at the correct time of year and at the correct depth. Planting seeds when it is too cold or too hot will result in poor germination and weak plants. Additionally, each type of veggie has a different planting depth. Radishes (pictured at right), for instance, should be planted at a depth of about a half inch, whereas most lettuces are planted at a quarter of an inch. Planting too deep means a seedling can't find the sun as soon as it needs to and results in a weak plant, or no plant at all. The University of Florida has a great Vegetable Gardening Guide with tables of detailed information for lots of veggies.

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. Mix a little perlite or vermiculite into your garden soil to lighten it, or use a mix designed specifically for seeds. A dense, heavy soil can be tough for a little seedling to push through.


Water seeds properly - Seeds don't need a whole lot to get started. A little sunlight and moderate moisture is all that they need. 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. 


There are so many cool vegetables out there and seeds are a great and inexpensive way to get a veggie garden started. What will you plant this season?


Upcoming Events

Workshop: Growing Cold-Hardy Fruit Trees
Saturday, February 15th at 10:00 am

There is nothing better than picking fresh fruit from your backyard tree. And it's even better when it is a cold-hardy tree and you can sit back and relax during the winter. From apples, peaches and nectarines to persimmons and figs, we'll talk about delicious fruits that are easy to grow and are hardy too. 



Workshop: Spring Vegetable Gardening
Saturday, February 22nd at 10:00 am

Healthier, tastier vegetables are easy to grow, and in this workshop, you'll get all the information you need to get your vegetable garden going this spring.


Miniature Gardening
Saturday, March 1st at 10am

Come learn all about creating a cool mini garden. They are easy and fun for everyone. This workshop will be part learning and part demonstration. Kerby's has a variety of pots, mini-plants and accessories for sale, as well as mini-gardening planting kits. So, if you'd like to create a garden of your own, come a little early to pick out plants, pots and accessories and then you can plant it during the workshop, with help from Kerby's.



Spring Fling
Saturday, March 8th

Spring is the time for getting out in the garden and Kerby's wants to celebrate. Join us for our annual spring fling, where the blooming flowers of spring are the stars. From 10 to 4 on the hour, we'll have gardening mini-workshops on some of your favorite topics to give you a refresher on everything you may have forgotten over the winter. Come on out, learn a little, stroll the boardwalk and enjoy the beauty of spring.





Workshop: Hardy, Low-maintenance Landscaping
Saturday, March 15th at 10:00 am

Come out and learn how to create a gorgeous landscape design. It's easier than you think! We'll talk about tough plants, easy plants and beautiful plants. Plus we'll show you how to add accents and pottery to give your garden the extra spark.






Workshop: Growing Tropical Fruit Trees
Saturday, March 22nd at 10am

There are so many amazing tropical fruit trees that can be grown in central Florida. At this workshop, we'll give you our best tips and tricks for growing and caring for tropical fruit trees. We'll also show you all of the amazing variety available in our area. After the workshop, we'll sample a few so that you can see how delicious they really are.




Workshop: Butterfly Gardening
Saturday, March 29th at 10am

Bring on the butterflies! Butterfly gardening is a fun way to get everyone involved in the garden. Plus the plants that butterflies love are beautiful to us too. Come out to this workshop and learn the best way to attract butterflies to your garden. 



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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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