Now is the Time,
Kerby's is the Place

February 18, 2016   

Getting startedon our bean teepee.

Who doesn't love to have fun. Of course everyone has a different idea of what counts as  fun, don't they. When I say to Abby and Maddy "Get on your garden boots, lets go play in the garden", they look at me with a little suspicion (although I think they realize that it means Kim and I are going to work and they get to eat tomatoes and play in the sandbox.) We wanted to find a way to make the garden a little more fun, and decided that somewhere to play house would be perfect. The picture at right shows the first steps in our bean teepee. The girls helped hold up the first few poles, and of course once it was finished have enjoyed dragging the statues from the yard into it to play house. A few weeks ago, we planted some pole bean seeds around the edges, and although with the cooler temperatures they aren't growing fast, they are up and close to being ready to attach to the poles. The picture below may not show it, but there are doorways on both sides, and our plan is to create little windows too, one Abby-height and one Maddy-height. The girls are pretty excited about seeing it grow in, and we are too. We'll post some pictures as the plants grow to show how they are doing.

Hopefully the bean plants will fill in as our weather warms up.
One great thing we've found in the garden is that the girls will eat just about anything that they have a hand in growing. Maddy isn't always thrilled about tomatoes, but when she picks them herself she loves eating them. So we are double excited for their play area to be surrounded by yummy green beans. That's what makes a veggie garden so great, it's a place to be healthy, eat healthy and have some fun. So get creative and do something fun in your garden this season. The weather is forecast to be amazing, and it is the perfect time to plant. And don't forget that this Saturday at 10am, we're having our Spring Veggie Workshop, so come out and discover the fun of gardening. 

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Spring Vegetable Gardening

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Don't sing the blues, plant the blues . . . Blue flowers that is! Delphiniums are electric in the garden with their bright, lovely blue. Add some mystic spires and Blue My Mind, for a collection of blue to enjoy all spring long.

Spring Vegetable Gardening

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 workshop this Saturday at 10am. To tantalize your taste buds, check out these 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.

Peppers - Whether you like hot or mild, there is a little something for everyone when it comes to peppers. Kerby's has bell, hungarian wax and chilis in stock now.

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!

Melons - A fresh, juicy melon on a hot, summer day. Yummy! Plant watermelon and cantaloupe from seed now and watch these vining plants produce enormous melons. It's amazing what good soil, a little water, fertilizer and sunlight can do!

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 big boy, 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.

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.


Upcoming Events


Workshop: Spring Vegetable Gardening
Saturday, February 20th at 10:00 am

You made a resolution this year to eat healthier, right? The healthiest, tastiest vegetables you will ever have are the ones that come straight from your own backyard. So what are you waiting for! It's time to plant a veggie garden. If you've been frustrated by veggie garden attempts in the past, or if you are looking to try your hand at it this season, come on out to this workshop and learn how to make your veggie garden a success.



7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 26th at 10am SHARP!
Please note the Easter egg hunt is on Saturday

Bring your Easter basket and get ready for a whole lot of fun . . . it's the 7th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kerby's. Starting right at 10:00am, be ready to hunt and see how many Easter Eggs you can find hidden among the beautiful flowers.




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