Raising Gardeners
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The Kerby's Nursery E-Newsletter
July 29, 2021
Yard Sale   |   Watering 2.0  |   New Arrivals
Raising Gardeners
by Joey Bokor

You know you are raising little gardeners when your kids use their free time to plan and plant their very own secret garden. At home, Abby and Maddy are always undertaking interesting and often secretive tasks. Sometimes they are creating a new club, and other times, they are scheming some sort of plan to get Kim and I to do something for them. When the design and discussions for this new project were ongoing, we weren't sure what to expect. Evidently, they had picked out a location in the backyard that needed work and created a plan for a new secret garden. How could we say no, when their project would help clean the yard up a little bit?

So, they made a special trip up to the nursery and found just the right flowers and accents for their garden. Then they headed home, grabbed their shovels and a bag of Kerby's soil and went to work. Kim and I left them to it. It was their project and we wanted to let them do it the way they wanted.

First, they cleaned a bunch of weeds and trimmed some overgrown plants. Then they laid out their new items and started digging holes. I helped with one or two of the bigger holes, since there were some good-sized roots, but then left them to finish the planting and the watering. Slowly, over the last few weeks, their new plants have been growing and they are loving their new secret garden. And Kim and I were able to cross cleaning the flower bed in the back corner off of our to-do list. Thanks girls, I can't wait to see what your next garden project is.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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The Weekly Special
Yard Sale
Today kicks off our dog days of summer yard sale. You'll find a variety of pottery, statues and other assorted garden accents on sale at a great price. There are also some multi-grafted citrus trees and a few other plants that are in need of a good home. Come in and check it out today.
Only applies to marked yard sale items.
Can't be combined with other discounts.
All sales final, no refunds, returns or warranties.

Watering 2.0

You've heard our watering lecture over and over again, but in heat like we are having right now, it is always worth repeating. Here is a link to one of our previous articles on watering.

Here is today's watering 2.0. Where does a plant get water from? Hint: it's not the leaves, branches, or trunk. It's the roots. I can't tell you how many times I've driven around town and seen someone watering a new tree or palm and just spraying the hose up at the leaves or fronds of the tree. I resist the urge to pull over like some sort of plant watering vigilante to tell them that what they are doing is of little benefit to the plant. Instead I just shake my head and hope that enough water is splashing down to the roots to get the plant properly watered.

Every time that you water (say it with me - 'Always in the morning'), water deeply and give water where the plant needs it, on the roots. Giving a plant a quick spray over the leaves will cool it off momentarily, kind of like running through a sprinkler does for us. But when we are thirsty, we need to drink water, not just run through it. A plant needs the same. When it is thirsty, it needs a deep watering to really soak through its roots.

We are lucky to live in Florida where we can garden 365 days a year (give or take a few). But we have to make seasonal adjustments and right now, deep, regular waterings on the roots in the morning are what your plants need to get them through the summer.

New Arrivals
Silver Ann Scindapsus

Lovely Cascading Foliage
6" Pot - $17.99
Meyers Lemons

Back in Stock
5 Gallon Pot - $59.99

Terra Cotta Pottery

Traditional, Basalt and Granite
Sizes and Price Vary

Send a living gift to your favorite plant person anywhere in the lower 48 states from the Kerby's online houseplant shop. New plants added every Thursday at noon.


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2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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