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The Kerby's Nursery E-Newsletter
February 21, 2019   
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A rainbow of eggs

'I want more chickens' is something I never thought I would say. One of my staff members even warned me when we got our first adopted set of chicks that we wouldn't stop at just the first flock. I didn't believe him at the time, thinking that four little chicks would be just enough for our backyard flock. And then we got a few more. And then we wanted green eggs. Then blue eggs. Now we are on a quest for olive-colored eggs. And last week we made the mistake of going to the fair. We don't really care much about the rides and have the good sense to pass up the doughnut hamburgers and deep-fried Oreos, but we love strolling through the poultry and livestock areas. Unfortunately, now I have a whole new list of chicken breeds to add to our flock: Buff Wyandottes, Mille Fleur d'Uccles, Silkies and Polish (pictured below). But the thing is, those cool looking chickens only lay ordinary brown eggs.

And for some reason we've become obsessed with having every egg color that we can find. When we got our third flock addition, we hunted down Welsummers for speckled terra cotta and Black Copper Marans for dark chocolate brown eggs. When one of our Marans was a rooster, we traded for an Easter Egger that lays bluish-green eggs. I'll just say that Instagram is a dangerous place. There are pictures of impressive assortments of eggs with every shade from cream to dark brown, green to blue, and a little pink and lavender thrown in. So with dreams of rainbow colored eggs, we figured we'd ask some of the folks in the poultry tent if they had a source for olive eggers. Funny thing. When we asked, we just got blank stares. Like no one had ever heard of chickens that lay olive colored eggs. We know they exist, but we realized that the folks there were interested in the particular breeds of chickens and weren't concerned about the color eggs the chickens layed. So if you or anyone you know has olive egger chickens or knows of a potential source, shoot me an email. It's kind of like orchids and fruit trees. Once you start you just can't stop.

Why wouldn't you want this chicken in your flock?
If chickens aren't your thing, but plants are, then your favorite time of year is here. Whatever kind of plant you collect, it is probably arriving at the nursery this week. The tables are filling up with rainbows of colors, we've got more mango varieties than we can count and a brand new shipment of bright bougainvillea greets you as you enter the nursery.

Spring weather is here early (thanks Punxsutawney Phil!) and when you ask us what to plant now, we can only respond Everything. It's time to plant a veggie garden, it's time to refresh beds with butterfly plants, and it's time to start your fruit forest. Whatever plants are your favorite, it's pretty much time to plant them now. And while you are finding the perfect plants for your garden, I'm going to make room for a few new chickens. Because, why not?


Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Start your backyard paradise

Garden Tip
Bougainvillea Care

Every tropical resort in the carribean is filled with bright, blooming bougainvillea. But there is no need to hop on an airplane to enjoy the tropical color. Bougainvillea are great for starting your backyard paradise and they come in a variety of colors. To make your bougainvillea keep on blooming, see some of our tips below or click here for our complete Bougainvillea care sheet.

1) Plant in the pot - Hold on. What did Kerby's just tell me to do? Plant in the pot? Sounds a little crazy, but bougainvillea have sensitive root systems when they are young. Cut four large Xs around the pot, cut the rim off so that you don't see it above ground and then plant a little higher than the surrounding area. In addition to helping keep the roots intact, the slight stress over time helps promote more blooms.

2) Water cautiously - Usually we lecture people to water more. With bougies, a lack of blooms usually comes from overwatering. Water regularly to get a plant established, but then make sure they aren't getting drenched by lawn sprinklers when you aren't looking and make sure they are in a well-drained area to help them dry out during rainy season.

3) Fertilize for Blooms - Our Kerby's Special Fertilizer is usually all plants need, but for bougies, use a Bloom Special fertilizer instead of the Kerby's Special in the summertime to make sure that they have the best balance of nutrients for a little less growth and a lot more blooms.

4) Get Planting - Now is one of the best times of year to plant and we've got a variety of colors and sizes to choose from. So come on out and get your backyard paradise started.

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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265
www.kerbysnursery.com


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