Discover the Fun of Gardening

February 23, 2012   

Abby and Tally "helping" in the garden.

When the weather warms in late February, it's time for one thing . . . Veggies. That's right, it's time to get out and plant your spring vegetable garden. Abby and Tally helped us out this past week planting tomatoes and peppers as well as some beet and heirloom tomato seeds. Lots of veggies are in at Kerby's, inlcuding: okra, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers and more. This Saturday, February 25th at 10am we're having our Spring Veggie Gardening workshop. So come out and learn how to plant all of your vegetables with the right soil and how to take care of them for maximum harvests.   

New varieties of bamboo have just arrived
Also in this week at the nursery are new varieties of bamboo. They are all clumping varieties so you don't have to worry about them coming up everywhere in your yard. Bamboo makes a lovely centerpiece or a fast-growing privacy screen. Giant timber, sunburst, emerald and dwarf buddha's belly are among the varieties that arrived at Kerby's this week. Come check them out, while you take a relaxing stroll on the boardwalk.


Happy Gardening,
Kim, Joey and Mark

In This Issue

Spring Veggie Gardening

Upcoming Events

Vegetables are in
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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.

Radishes, Carrots & Beets - Add a little color to your salads with these crunchy root vegetables. If you are gardening with your kids and grandkids, radishes are fun because they are really easy to grow and the seeds germinate very quickly (often within a week). All of these veggies are cool-season crops, so sow seeds now for harvest before summer. 

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 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 beefsteaks, and disease-resistant varieties like celebrity, there is a tomato for every taste.  If you are really adventurous, try some heirloom seeds, such as Black Krim, Cherokee Purple and Abe Lincoln. 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

Kerby's has lots of fun planned for the garden in 2012, including workshop favorites on vegetables, herbs and roses, as well as some new workshops on bulbs and trees. There has never been a better time to Discover the Fun of Gardening.


Workshop: Spring Vegetable Gardening
Saturday, February 25th 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. We'll also talk a bit about raised garden beds and how to grow veggies in them.


Workshop: Cold Hardy Landscaping
Saturday, March 3rd at 10:00 am

Tough plants for Florida Gardens are the feature in this workshop. You'll see some amazing plants that are great at taking whatever mother nature throws at them. We'll also teach you some tricks for creating a beautiful landscape. Featuring our We Plan You Plant service, for anyone wanting a jumpstart on a gorgeous landscape.



Spring Fling
Saturday, March 10 10am - 4pm

Bring on the color! You won't be able to resist all the amazing flowers we've found for this year. Come out on Saturday and enjoy some fresh-popped popcorn and lemonade and take a stroll around the boardwalk to see all of this season's new arrivals.  There will also be a fun activity for the kids!


Workshop: Planting and Caring for Trees
Saturday, March 17th at 10:00 am

Do you want a wonderful shade canopy that adds value to your house? Or a spring-flowering tree that lights up your landscape? Then you need a tree! This workshop will teach you all about planting and caring for new trees and give you all the tricks we use to make sure a tree gets off to a good start. We'll also talk about caring for trees as they grow to maximize growth and beauty.





Workshop: Growing Delicious Herbs
Saturday, March 24 at 10am

We all love food. And we love food even more when it's cooked with tasty herbs.  Growing your own herb garden is easy and it is a great way to always have fresh herbs for all of your favorite recipes. Come to this workshop to learn all about growing herbs and what herbs can be used for.





Workshop: Fruit Trees for Small Spaces
Saturday, March 31st at 10:00 am

Juicy and delicious, there is nothing like picking fruit from a tree you've grown and eating it on the spot. But not everyone has a huge yard with room for an orchard. At this fruit tree workshop we'll focus on some new dwarf varieties of fruit trees that are great for your yard, and talk about how to keep trees smaller when space is limited.




3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 7th 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 3rd 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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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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