From our Garden to Yours
January 14, 2010
What a cold week! It looks like this winter may go down as one of the coldest in decades. Below are some First Aid tips to help you get your garden back on its feet after our freezes. With a little care and patience, your gardens will be back in bloom in no time.
As our temperatures
warm up, don't forget that there are still plenty of things to do in the garden. This
time of year is great for planting fruit trees such as peaches, apples and nectarines, and also a great time to plant
flowering trees. A new shipment of dogwoods, purple-leaf plums and redbuds
(pictured at left) just arrived. Plant now for beautiful
And check out our
Upcoming Events for a taste of how exciting this
spring season will be.
2. Don't Fertilize
- Fertilizer may stimulate growth on plants, but if we get cold again that tender new
growth will be extremely sensitive to the cold. Even cold hardy plants should not typically be fertilized this time of year. At the start of
spring, give everything a good prune and a dose of fertilizer to stimulate a wonderful burst of new growth.
3. Plan your Spring Garden - As you drive around town. you may see a palm or shrub completely frost-burnt in one yard, but look perfectly green in another, even in houses on the same street. Surprisingly, the temperature around the area varies widely depending on a number of factors, including the direction a house faces and the number of trees. Take a look at your own garden and see which spots were warmest and which were coldest. Plan accordingly for the spring and you'll be able to pick which plants are likely to perform best for each spot in your garden.
Workshop: Growing Peaches, Apples and Plums
If you've ever wanted your own backyard orchard, but didn't know where to start, then this workshop is for you! We'll talk about the great varieties of apples, peaches, pears, plums and nectarines that can be grown in our area and discuss the best ways to plant and care for them. These trees aren't just for our friends up north!
Spring Vegetable Gardening
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. Also included is an Earthbox demo, showing you how to grow veggies, even with limited space.
Vegetable Gardening II
If you've attended our veggie workshops before then you already know how to grow healthy, happy vegetables. But if you've ever wanted to dig a little deeper into vegetable gardening, then this workshop is for you. We'll discuss organic gardening, composting, natural pest control and other vegetable gardening issues that will give your garden the best harvests ever this year.
A thriller, spiller and filler? Come and find out how to put together the perfect container garden, bursting with spring color. It's a great way to dress up any porch or patio.
Kerby's Turns 30
It's hard to believe that this year will be Kerby's 30th birthday. We're celebrating with a weekend-long birthday bash on the boardwalk. More information will be posted soon.
Tropical Fruit Trees
Juicy and delicious, there is nothing like picking fruit from a tree you've grown and eating it on the spot. Whether you like mangos or jakfruit, kiwi or papaya, or nance and custard apple, there is a fruit to fit every taste. After the workshop, you'll be able to sample some of the delicious fruits that can be grown in our area.
2311 S. Parsons Ave.
Seffner, FL 33584