Discover the Fun of Gardening

November 20, 2012   

 
Sometimes a moment in the garden 
lets us reflect on what we are thankful for.


Before the hustle and bustle of Christmas, Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to remember all the things we are truly thankful for. From beautiful flowers to bountiful vegetable gardens, or good health to growing families, whatever you are thankful for, stealing a quiet moment in the garden can be the perfect way to reflect and keep things in perspective. At Kerby's we are especially thankful for each and every one of our customers. Kerby's wouldn't be here without you. Thank you for making Kerby's the place where you [connect with your garden]. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and remember that planting a few beautiful flowers is a great way to burn off some of those extra calories from thanksgiving dinner.


Happy Thanksgiving,
The Kerby's Nursery Family
 

In This Issue
Featured Plant


Growing Potatoes in Florida

Seed Potatoes are In  Red Potatoes


Cool Season
Annuals are In
Pansies, Snapdragons, Lobelia & Petunias


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Foxglove
$9.99 8" Pot
 Featured Plant
Foxglove
Digitalis purpurea
 
Tall spikes of long-lasting flowers are a signature of the foxglove. The spikes reach up to two feet tall, providing lots of color for garden beds and planters. Foxgloves love at least 4 to 5 hours of sun each day, and can tolerate a full day of sun, especially now that our temperatures are cooler. Add one to your yard today.  


 

Growing Potatoes in Florida

Potatoes are delicious and a great side dish for every meal. Follow these steps for growing great potatoes right in your backyard. In a few short months, you'll be harvesting yummy potatoes.


1. Cut Potatoes into Seed Pieces - Seed potatoes come as whole potatoes. To plant, they first need to be cut into seed pieces about the size of an egg, with at least two eyes per piece. Small potatoes can be planted whole. After cutting, leave in a warm dry place for a day or two to let the cuts dry. Before planting, you may want to dust the seed pieces with Captan fungicide to help prevent disease.


2. Plant Potatoes - Plant potatoes in a well drained soil mixture at a depth of about 4 inches, with the eyes pointing upwards. We like to add vermiculite or perlite to our soil mixture to make it nice and light. Space potatoes about 2 feet apart. Water potatoes every other day at first, making sure that they never sit wet. Adjust watering as plants grow. Fertilize monthly with Kerby's 8-4-8 to encourage good growth.

3. Hilling - This is an important step for maximizing harvests. As potato plants grow mound soil up around the base of the plants. This will encourage more roots to grow which leads to more potatoes. There are some cool methods for growing potatoes in old tires that really lets you pile up the dirt and get lots of potatoes from just one plant. Typically the average plant will have 6 - 10 potatoes. Be sure to cover any tubers that come to the surface.

4. Harvesting - Red potatoes will harvest in 80 to 100 days. To harvest potatoes that will store well, you'll want to let the tubers mature. Once plants have grown and flowered, they will die off. At this point, cover the potato plants with plastic to allow soil to dry. Leave them in the ground for two weeks. Harvest by carefully digging the tubers up, but avoid damaging them. Wash lightly and dry completely before storing. Any tubers which are small and green should be discarded. Potatoes store in a cool, dry place for months, so you can enjoy them well into the summer.


 


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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265
www.kerbysnursery.com


Store Hours
Open Seven Days a Week
Monday - Saturday,  9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday,  11:00am - 4:00pm
Closing at 2:00 on Wednesday, Nov 21st
Closed Thursday, Nov 22nd