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The Kerby's Nursery E-Newsletter
October 1, 2020
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It is Good to Have Helpers
by Joey Bokor

I have procrastinated on fixing our icemaker for a good long while now. A leak in our refrigerator was traced back to the ice maker hose. Usually a simple fix, but since our refrigerator is built in, pulling it out is a chore. It is heavy and visions of scratching the floor or toppling the entire unit over made filling ice trays a few times a week easier than embarking on an arduous repair.

Then at the nursery one afternoon, I came across a spare hose. It was a sign. It's time to fix the icemaker. But I still wasn't real keen on dragging the behemoth out from the wall. How could I fix it without an undue amount of work? And then I realized that if I fed the pipe down through the floor attached to the old pipe, I might just be able to avoid the big move.

But I needed helpers. I couldn't be upstairs and downstairs at the same time. Kim had run to the store for groceries, so I called for assistance from Abby and Maddy. Could I make plumbers out of them? I decided to try and told them what to do. Pull gently on the old pipe to feed it through the floor and when you see the new pipe, let me know so we don't go too far. We got it about a foot and then it stuck. The girls said they couldn't pull anymore. Ugh. But then working together, we moved the pipe back and forth until the new pipe emerged below the floor. After a simple connection, our icemaker was back in business.

I couldn't have done it without my two little helpers. Now we have ice and we didn't have to move the fridge an inch. The girls were proud of their assistance and I've got my eye on some other projects around the house that I've been putting off. With two great helpers, I know we can accomplish them. 

And when we have finished all of our tasks, we are going to go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. I always love the first cool-snap, when the weather starts to match up with pumpkin-spice everything. And speaking of pumpkins, our pumpkin delivery is running a little behind, but we are expecting them in soon. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see when they've arrived. Gather your helpers, it's time to make fall happen.
Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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The Weekly Special
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Valid Through 10/7/2020

Fall Front Porch Update

As autumn arrives, it is the perfect time to freshen up your front porch pots and fill them with some of Florida's favorite fall colors and textures. Here are some tips and tricks to get your front porch makeover started.

Time for Fall Cleaning - Cleaning isn't just something we do in the spring. Get out the broom and some damp washcloths so you can give your whole front porch and door a wipe down and a brush off. Don't forget to shine up any windows and glass you may have around your porch lights

Take Inventory - Before you run out to the garden center and load up on new pots and plants, take a close look at what you already have. Of course you'll want to pull out any tired annuals or overgrown plants, but then take a look at what you have left. Sometimes rearranging your existing pots or replanting a favorite plant can make them feel new again.

Find Inspiration - Magazines, pinterest and of course Kerby's are great places to find fall inspiration. See what color schemes excite you and come up with a color palette. Try not to get too specific on plant varieties. There are a lot of plants out there, but not all of them will do well in our area.

Time to Shop - Head to the garden center with your ideas in mind and maybe a few photos on your phone to remind you of the area and items you are working with. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you're looking for a certain color of flower or leaf. We can advise you on what might work best for your unique area and light conditions. Mix and match plant combinations in your cart until you feel you've reached the look you want. Don't forget to include different colors and textures. You can always add an obelisk, small statue or trellis to add interest and height.

If you need a simple combo strategy to get you started, our formula for container gardening has always been to include a Thriller (your focal point), a Filler (a leafy plant to fill in the gaps) and a Spiller (something cascading over the side of the pot).

Get Your Hands Dirty - Once you've collected your plants and décor, it's time to have some real fun. Set all of your things out and get to work putting together your masterpiece. It's usually easier to tackle the larger pots first, since these will make the most impact. Once your large containers are planted in place, you can begin filling in around them with smaller containers of plants and decorations.

Enjoy the View - It feels so good to sit back and look at what you've accomplished, so enjoy it. Have a front porch makeover you want to share with us? We'd love to see it on Instagram. And now, with all that work done, you can sit back and enjoy fall in Florida.

New Arrivals
Halloween Tillandsia

Sugar Skull
Purple Baron Millet

Make your yard scream fall
10" Pot - $19.99

Rope Hoya

Beautiful Baskets
8" Basket - $39.99

Dwell at Kerby's - The Houseplant Shop

Take a peek at the online houseplant shop. Now you can shop for planty gifts for friends and family from the comfort of your home and have them shipped anywhere in the continental United States.
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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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