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January 7, 2016   

How many steps have you taken today?

Happy New Year! So we're already a whole week into 2016. How are you doing with those resolutions? One of the most common resolutions is to get healthy. So with the help of a Microsoft Band that I got for Christmas, I've been tracking my steps each day. The latest healthy trend is to try to get 10,000 steps each day, so I wondered: How many steps do I walk at the nursery on an average day? The image at right says it all. Over 20,000 steps and 10 miles! Whew. If you want to work at a garden center (and probably any retail store for that matter), you'd better be ready to walk! That's actually not my record either. Since then, I've had a day with 11 miles and 22,000 steps. I'm wondering how many steps I'll get in on a busy spring weekend. The great thing about all that walking is it does keep me in shape and saves a gym membership.

It's a great time of year to get out in the garden and burn some calories.
Even if you aren't walking miles each day, gardening is a great way to get in some exercise. Digging holes, pruning, cleaning out beds and planting all burn calories and help you to relax from the daily grind. And even in January, there is lots to be done. (Check out the article below for some tips on what to do in the garden at this time of year.) Hopefully your 2016 is off to a great start. We think it is going to be an amazing year to get outside and have some fun in the garden.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Winter Gardening

The beauty of living in Florida is that you don't have to be cooped up inside during the winter. Except for a few cold days, we can garden all year long. There is plenty to do, and the sun-kissed afternoons of January are the perfect time to get things done, without having to break a sweat. Below are some ideas for great things to do this time of year.


Prune - but only certain plants. Things you'll want to leave alone: tropicals that might be damaged by cold (or even tropicals that have already been damaged by the cold.), azaleas (they have already set their blooms for the spring.) It's the perfect time to prune: roses, crape myrtles, and many cold-hardy fruits including peaches, apples, pears, plums and nectarines. This is a great time to do a severe prune on these shrubs and trees if necessary, since they are dormant or partially dormant at this time of year. Pruning now will encourage healthy growth in the spring.

Think Veggies - It isn't quite time to start most vegetables, but you can start seeds indoors if you want a jumpstart on the season. It is time to start amending and turning the soil for your spring garden. Add homemade compost, cow manure and top soil now and work it into the soil. Letting it sit for the next month will allow the nutrients to mix and the soil to be in top shape for your spring vegetable garden. Come out to the veggie workshop on Saturday, February 20th at 10am to learn all about veggie gardening in Florida.

Clean - Okay this is more like a chore, but it needs to be done, and these days with afternoons in the 70s are perfect for getting it done. Clean dead and old plants out, remove leaves from fall and excess mulch that may be smothering plants or running over the sides of your flower beds. Having the hard work done now will make it easy to get planting when spring arrives.


Get Ideas - When you can't get outside, you can always daydream about gardening. There are lots of places to get great ideas and spring inspiration. You'll be set and ready to go when spring arrives.

Plant Now Even though it is winter, there are so many things that are great to put in the ground right now. Pansies, geraniums and dianthus are just a few flowers that can be planted now. It is (we know you won't believe it) the best time of year to plant shade trees, and any dormant trees. Hardy shrubs such as azaleas, camellias and viburnums can also be planted with no fear. So if you are bored inside, get out your shovel and do a little planting.

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