Discover the Fun of Gardening

March 29, 2012   

Grow your own fruit, no matter how small your yard is.

No matter what size your yard is, or even if you are limited to a patio or balcony, you can still grow fruit trees. The great thing is that fruit trees and bushes come in all sizes and shapes. Check the article below for some of the cool dwarf varieties of fruits that are in stock at Kerby's, and come out this Saturday for a workshop on Fruit Trees for Small Spaces. We'll talk about the cool dwarf varieties and how you can keep other trees smaller but still get decent harvests.

Live earthworms and ladybugs are in at the nursery. Ladybugs love to eat aphids!
Hopefully your veggie gardens are growing well. In our garden, we are harvesting the last of our greens and arugula to make room for okra and eggplant. If you want a soil boost for your warm-season veggies or need a little help getting aphids under control, we've got great natural options for you. Live earthworms and lady bugs have arrived at the nursery. They are fun for kids and they help your garden without chemicals.

Happy Gardening,
Kim, Joey and Mark

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Fruit Trees for Small Spaces

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Fruit Trees for Small Spaces Workshop
Sat Mar 31st at 10am

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Fruit Trees for Small Spaces

Below are some cool options for growing fruit trees in small spaces. Even really large trees can sometimes be kept relatively small, but still produce good harvests. Come out to the workshop this Saturday to learn more about the wide range of options for small spaces. And remember all fruit trees are 10% this week only.

Apples, Peaches and Nectarines - Kerby's has these types of trees in true dwarfs. The trees won't grow more than 8 feet tall or wide, and can be kept much smaller than that. They grow slowly, so their is no risk of them outgrowing a space. That's pretty small for trees with such delicious fruits.  


A Taste of the Tropics - If your tastes lean towards the tropical, then you'll love these dwarf varieties: Dwarf Cavendish Banana, Dwarf Red Lady Papaya, and Dwarf Hawaiian Carambola. All three stay quite small (6 to 8 feet tall) and produce well.  The carambola is particularly productive, usually bearing delicious fruits within the first year. 

Condo Mangos - Condo mangos are a group of mango varieties that have been developed to stay relatively small. Intended for condo balconies, they can be kept in large pots or planted in a small yard. An added bonus . . . it's easier to protect them during freezes. Our favorite condo mangos: Mallika, Nam Doc Mai and Carrie.


Fruit "Shrubs" - We always talk about fruit trees, but there are lots of fruits that grow on shrubs. Included in this group are blueberries and pomegranates which grow on a tall shrub (6 to 8 feet tall) and tropical cherries, like the barabados cherry (pictured at left) or the cherry of the rio grande. Plant any of these for your next privacy hedge, or use one as a landscape centerpiece. Now your landscape will be edible.

As always it is important to plant properly. Don't forget Kerby's planting instructions are always available online if you need a reminder. See you at the workshop.

Upcoming Events

Kerby's has lots of fun planned for the garden in 2012, including workshop favorites on vegetables, herbs and roses, as well as some new workshops on bulbs and trees. There has never been a better time to Discover the Fun of Gardening.





Workshop: Fruit Trees for Small Spaces
Saturday, March 31st 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. But not everyone has a huge yard with room for an orchard. At this fruit tree workshop we'll focus on some new dwarf varieties of fruit trees that are great for your yard, and talk about how to keep trees smaller when space is limited.




3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 7th at 10am SHARP!
Please note the Easter egg hunt is on Saturday

Bring your Easter basket and get ready for a whole lot of fun . . . it's the 3rd annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kerby's. Starting right at 10:00am, be ready to hunt and see how many Easter Eggs you can find hidden among the beautiful flowers.



Workshop: Butterfly Gardening
Saturday, April 14th at 10:00 am

It's so relaxing watching butterflies flutter about your garden. If you want some ideas for planning and planting a butterfly garden, come out to this fun workshop. You'll learn about all the different types of butterflies that are common in our area, and how to attract them to your garden.





Workshop: Growing Roses in Florida
Saturday, April 21st at 10am
Presented by the Tampa Rose Society

The Tampa Rose Society will be out all day to answer your toughest questions about roses and at 10am, they will present a workshop on growing roses in Florida.


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2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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