F-e-b-u-a-r-y, Febuary
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February 17, 2022
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F-e-b-u-a-r-y, Febuary
by Joey Bokor

Yes, I know that title was misspelled, no need to e-mail me to tell me about the error. It's all about a mildly embarrassing moment in my life. You know, those memories of awkward moments that surge into your brain at two in the morning when you can't sleep, and fill you with a sense of latent anxiety even though it happened way in the past.

This entire month does that for me. Back in 1985, I was in 2nd grade and of course had spelling as a subject in school. I was always pretty good at it. On this particular day, we were having a class spelling bee. I was ready. I knew how to spell paleontology. I could fire off the spelling for archaeology at a moment's notice. At each round I spelled even the most challenging words with ease. And then as I faced off with a friend for the blue ribbon and spelling-bragging rights, and I had to stare down the word February. Should be easy, right? Not too many letters, and it also happens to be my birthday month. I was a shoo-in for the win.

Oh, was I wrong. I confidently got up there and said 'F-e-b-u-a-r-y, Febuary', probably with a smug smile of victory on my face. When the teacher told me I was incorrect, the shock and disbelief in my second-grade brain imprinted and it lives on to this day, nearly 40 years later. How could I have missed that silly little r. But I sure did, and the prize for the spelling bee went to one of my classmates. The silver lining is that I very clearly understand the nuances of the letter r in the word February now and to my knowledge haven't misspelled it since that fateful day so many years ago.

When spelling errors of the past aren't keeping me up at night, I'm usually dreaming of amazing harvests from my veggie garden. All the more at this time of the year, when it is the perfect time of year to get veggie gardens growing. At the nursery, veggie starts have arrived and of course lots of organic and heirloom seeds are in stock to get your veggie gardens started. This Saturday, we'll have the first of our spring garden seminars and we're talking all about getting great harvests from your veggie garden. So come out and learn all of my best tips and tricks for the most tantalizing tomatoes, perfect peppers, and colossal collards. No embarrassing memories from the past, just a present filled with healthy, happy harvests.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

p.s. We are actively hiring for our spring season. Plant knowledge is a bonus, but not required. What is important is that you love talking to people and want to help spread Kerby's values of success, beauty, honesty, happiness, and fun. Click here to learn more.

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Spring Veggies

It's crunch time! Or at least it's time to get your veggie gardens started so that you can harvest fresh, crunchy vegetables this season. For the nitty gritty on how to grow your own vegetables, come out to our seminar this Saturday at 10am. To tantalize your taste buds, check out some of the veggies that you can start planting this time of year.

Collard Greens - Delicious, especially cooked with a little ham hock and molasses, collards are a cool-season vegetable, but are also the most heat tolerant of all the greens. Plant seeds or young plants now to extend your greens harvest into the early summer. Greens are a great crop, because you can harvest the mature leaves and allow the young ones to keep growing, for a long harvest period.

Beans - A wide variety of beans can be grown in our area, and are a fun crop for early summer. From bush beans to pole beans, lima beans to black-eyed peas (cowpeas) there are lots of different types to choose from. For pole beans, you should build a small trellis structure to allow them to climb up, but you can also plant beans with corn and allow them to twine up the corn stalks. Talk about making your garden efficient!

Tomatoes - are everyone's favorite. They are a warm season crop, and with the warm weather arriving on time this year, it's time to plant. From Sweet 100s to Celebrity, there is a tomato for every taste. If you really like good tomatoes, try some heirloom seeds, such as Black Krim, Cherokee Purple or Brandywine. They'll be some of the best tasting tomatoes you've ever had.

Peppers - Whether you like hot or mild, there is a little something for everyone when it comes to peppers. Plant now for great harvests of yellow bells, jalapeño or habañero in just a few short months.

There are so many vegetables that you can plant, that it gets hard to choose which ones to plant. Make sure to plan your garden before you start planting to maximize the space, without overcrowding plants. In no time at all you'll have a table full of fresh vegetables, straight from your garden.

New Arrivals

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