She Did a Cartwheel
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Life Lived Outside
The Kerby's Nursery E-Newsletter
January 21, 2021
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She Did a Cartwheel
by Joey Bokor

Yesterday was a big day. Not only was it Inauguration Day, it was also the first of 10 days with palindrome dates. (Try it - 1/21/21 backwards is 1/21/21). But that isn't all that happened. No sir, not at our house. Yesterday is the day that Abby finally got the hang of doing cartwheels.

I don't know why this simplest of gymnastics moves has always eluded her. Madeleine can tilt-a-whirl across the yard like it was nothing (left-handed no less), but Abby has always struggled to stick the landing. We were visiting with my mom in our backyard and for some reason Abby decided to give us a show with her cartwheel. Every time she got her feet up in the air, she sort of smashed into the ground with a thud. I mean, the way her feet came down it really echoed. We don't know how she managed to make such a noise.

We watched her a few times and then encouraged her to just let the momentum take her all the way around and something clicked. And for the first time, she stuck a cartwheel. So now both girls are cartwheeling across the yard with Pearl, of course, in hot pursuit, nipping at ankles and ponytails. I'm calling it another beautiful day in a Life Lived Outside.
Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Preparing for Spring Veggies

It is almost time for a new season of vegetable gardening. To prepare for planting season, get the soil in your garden ready now. That way, when it is time to get veggies in the ground, you'll be all set to plant.

Remove the Bad Stuff - If your garden is like mine, there are still some left over vegetable plants from last season and lots of weeds growing. That's actually not all bad, because weeds are a sign of healthy soil. But you do need to clean it up to be ready to add fresh soil. Pull all weeds, old plants, roots, sticks, mulch, rocks and any debris out of your gardens. Then you will be ready to add some new soil.

Start With Great Soil - The condition of your soil will make or break your veggie garden. Vegetables get most of their nutrients from the soil, so the healthier the soil, the healthier the plants and in turn the more nutrients that make their way into the vegetables you harvest. The mix we like to use is half Kerby's Planting Soil to half top soil. Add some new soil to your garden a few weeks before you plant each season to replenish nutrients lost. Once added, turn the soil with a shovel or till in to mix everything up.

Add Nutrients - Especially if you are planting the same veggies in the same place season after season, make sure to add fertilizer when turning the soil. Espoma's Garden-Tone fertilizer is an organic option that adds great nutrients into the soil. You can also add a little lime to sweeten the soil, which is especially helpful for tomatoes.

Mix Well - The key to preparing soil is to have it mixed together well a few weeks ahead of planting time so that it gets a chance to come together. So make sure that you mix it up and then lightly tamp it down to level. Give it a few weeks and you'll be ready to plant.

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