Discover the Fun of Gardening

January 14, 2011   

You don't have to go too far to find very different winter weather than we have here! Kim, Joey and Abigail just spent a week up in Young Harris, Ga. After being trapped in by 6 inches of snow (which is a lot for us Florida folk) and ice on the roads, they finally made it home to sunny Florida. At least our weather here in Seffner looks beautiful for the next few weeks. It's the perfect time to get out and do some of those winter tasks in the garden. If you arenít sure what to do this time of year, see below for some ideas.

2011 will be an exciting year at Kerby's. The event calendar is already filling up with fun workshops, our first ever kid's event and of course Spring Fling on the boardwalk. It will be a great year to Discover the Fun of Gardening.

Happy Gardening,
Kim, Joey and Mark

In This Issue
Get Out in the Garden

Upcoming Events


Get Out in the Garden

The beauty of living in Florida is taht you donít 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 cool afternoons 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 youíll 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.) Itís 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 isnít quite time to start most vegetables, although you can get away with planting some leafy vegetables. You can start some seeds indoors if you want a jumpstart on the season. It is time to start amending and turning the soil for this season's 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 26 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 60s and 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 your landscape beds ready for spring will make it that much easier to get planting. Plus the hard work will already be done!


Get Ideas - When you canít get outside, you can always daydream about gardening. There are lots of places to get great ideas and spring inspiration. If you really want a jumpstart on your spring garden, try out Kerby's We Plan, You Plant service, and have a designer get your garden ideas together. You'll be set and ready to go when spring arrives.

Plant Now After a few cold winters, it seems everyone is a little scared of planting, but there are so many things that are great to put in the ground right now. Pansies, bulbines and gaillardia are just a few flowers that can be planted now. It is (we know you wonít 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.

Upcoming Events

Kerby's has lots of fun planned for the garden in 2011, including workshop favorites on vegetables, herbs and roses, as well as some new kids gardening events that will get the whole family involved. 2011 will be a great year to Discover the Fun of Gardening.


Workshop: Growing Cold Hardy Fruits

Peaches, Apples, Pears, Plums, Persimmons, Citrus
Featuring Cold Hardy Avocados

Saturday, February 19th at 10:00 am

Recent cold winters may have you wondering what fruit trees you can plant that will survive through frosts and freezes. Never fear! There are tons of options. From Peaches and Apples, to Mulberries and Cold-Hardy Avocados, there are enough cold hardy fruits to fill any orchard. Come out to this workshop to learn our secrets for great fruit trees and see all the tantalizing trees that are easy to grow in sour area.



Workshop: Spring Vegetable Gardening
Saturday, February 26th 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. Also included is an Earthbox demo, showing you how to grow veggies, even with limited space.



Workshop: Cold Hardy Landscaping
Saturday, March 5th 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 beautiful landscape. Featuring our We Plan You Plant service, for anyone wanting a jumpstart on a gorgeous landscape.



Spring Fling
Saturday - Sunday, March 12 - 13

Bring on the color! You won't be able to resist all the amazing flowers we've found for this year. Come out over the weekend and enjoy some fresh cotton candy and popcorn and take a stroll around the boardwalk to see all of this season's new arrivals. 



Workshop: Classic Southern Gardens
Saturday, March 26th at 10:00 am

Want to create a classic southern garden with camellias, gardenias and azaleas. Come out and learn about the best way to plant, prune and care for these classic shrubs.






Kerby's Kids Gardening Activity
Saturday, April 2 at 10:00am

Little hands, a little dirt and lots of fun; It's the first ever Kerby's Kids event. Come out with the family for this fun event that will let everyone get there hands a little dirty. The kids will get to learn a little about plants, and create their own masterpiece to take home and watch grow.  





Workshop: Tropical Fruit Trees
Saturday, April 9th 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. 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.



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2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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