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October 3, 2013   

Enjoying Fall in Georgia, Abby heads to pick grapes with Papa Kerby.

Our family took a little break from gardening this week to follow fall temperatures up to Young Harris, GA and Asheville, NC. It was exciting to see fall in full swing, with beautifully decorated porches and landscapes all around town. Abby and Maddy didn't seem as impressed with the flowers, but they enjoyed seeing the mountains and picking grapes at a local vineyard - Crane Creek. A little of that fall weather seemed to follow us home, and with our mornings and evenings starting to cool here in Seffner, it is the perfect time to start decorating your gardens for fall. Click here for a few pictures from our trip that might help inspire you.

This landscape at the NC Arboretum featured peppers and swiss chard for color. Edibles can be a beautiful and productive part of a landscape.
One cool thing that we saw on our trip was the use of edibles to create beautiful fall landscapes. Many vegetables and herbs are highly ornamental and can add great color to a garden, while maximizing use of space for things that you can eat. To create your own edible landscape, come out to Kerby's this Saturday at 10am for the workshop on The Edible Landscape. You'll learn about incorporating everything from fruit trees to herbs and veggies in a landscape and how to plant for maximum harvests. It's a delicious, beautiful time of year to discover the fun of gardening.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Featured Plant

Growing Fruit Trees

Upcoming Events
This Saturday, October 5th, 10am Workshop: The Edible Garden

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Bells of Fire Tecoma
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Featured Plant
Bells of Fire Tecoma
Tecoma x 'GToRuben'

Bright, bold fall color is abundant on this fiery cousin of the yellow elder. It is a little better behaved in the garden as well, growing to around five feet tall. It makes a wonderful foundation planting for a fall landscape. It flowers throughout the warm months and provides lots of nectar for butterflies too. Did we mentions that it is hardy to 20 degrees. A great plant for fiery color.

Growing Fruit Trees
Bring your favorite tastes to your backyard with a delicious fruit tree. Below are some tips for planting and care to help you get started. (See the edible landscape handout too). Fruit trees come in all shapes and sizes so there is something for every backyard, big or small. To get lots of great information about fruit trees and other edibles, come out to Kerby's this Saturday, October 5th at 10am for the Edible Landscaping workshop. It will tantalize your taste buds.

Location, location, location
Selecting the right location for all plants is important, but it is critical for fruit trees. Most tropical fruit trees need sun, well-drained soil and some protection from wind and cold. Find a location that is sunny and on the south to south-east side of a house and you have a great location that offers some protection from the cold. (Cold winds come in from the north, so a house or tree creates a barrier that blocks some of the cold winds.)
Use Great Soil
Dig a hole, plop the tree in and watch it grow right? Not in sandy Florida soil. Sandy soil allows good drainage, but is awful at retaining moisture and nutrients. Always use Kerby's Planting Soil, or other rich soil ingredients, like cow manure and peat when planting fruit trees (for beautiful landscape plants great soil is a must too.) Fruit trees must be in top shape to produce good harvests, and planting in great soil will get them growing healthy and strong. Download Kerby's planting instructions to make sure you get all of your plants off to a great start.

Give Trees Fertilizer
People take vitamins to get the nutrients they need to stay healthy. Trees are not much different. They need many different nutrients to grow strong and produce great harvests. To start trees off well and keep them healthy, give them regular fertilizer. For new trees, use Kerby's 8-4-8 fertilizer with micronutrients once per month from March to September. For established fruit trees, fertilize three times per year, in spring, summer and fall. Fruits take a lot of energy to produce, so make sure you have healthy trees by giving them all the nutrients they need.
Be Prepared
The best way to keep fruit trees healthy is to be prepared. Have fertilizer, insect or disease sprays on hand so that when it's time to spray or fertilize, you already have everything you need. This goes for cold protection too. Have a plan for covering and protecting your favorite sensitive trees, that way when a frost or freeze arrives, you'll be ready. Anchor pins and frost blankets are one great way to keep frost off of trees and give insulation during winter. When choosing a tree, getting all the materials you need now will save lots of time later.



Upcoming Events



Workshop: The Edible Landscape
Growing and Caring for Fruit Trees.
Saturday, October 5th at 10am  

Your landscape should be beautiful, but don't you think it should work for you too? By planting fruit trees of different sizes, you can work edible plants into many areas of your landscape and make it both a beautiful landscape and one that provides great harvests of delicious fruits (and herbs and veggies). Come to this workshop to learn how. Plus we'll talk about protecting sensitive trees in the winter and we'll show some of the cool new fruit varieties that have arrived at Kerby's.



Workshop: Butterfly Gardening
Saturday, October 12th at 10am

This year has been an amazing year for butterflies. At this workshop, you'll learn about starting a butterfly garden and things to do in the fall and winter to care for the shrubs and flowers already in your garden to make sure they are in peak shape for spring.



Workshop: Growing Camellias in Florida
Saturday, October 19th at 10am  

Camellias are a classic southern flower and they brighten shady areas in the fall, winter and early spring. We'll talk about planting and caring for camellias to keep them at their best. And we'll touch on other classic shrubs like azaleas and gardenias which tend to like similar conditions to the camellia.





Workshop: Fall Container Gardening

Saturday, October 26th at 10am

Creating a beautiful container garden is easy and is a simple way to decorate any doorway, porch or patio. At this demonstration/workshop we'll demonstrate how to create beautiful arrangements that will make everyone who visits your home smile, plus you'll get all the pointers you need to create your own beautiful container garden.

Workshop : Herb Gardening
Saturday, November 2nd at 10am

Without herbs, food would just be boring! And of course the best herbs come straight from your own garden. At this workshop, we'll show you the best ways to plant and care for your herb garden and we'll show you which herbs are great to plant now. Plus we'll share tips on preserving and storing herbs. Discover how delicious gardening can be! 





Workshop: Protecting Plants and Winter Gardening
Saturday, November 9th at 10am

Florida is known for warm weather and sunshine, but even here in central Florida, the occasional frost or freeze comes our way. Be ready this year, by attending this workshop. You'll learn the best ways to protect plants from cold weather and we'll demonstrate the proper way to cover plants to make sure all of your favorite shrubs, trees and flowers are warm and snug this winter. We'll also talk about what to do in the garden at this time of year, after all it is Florida and we can play in the yard all year long!




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2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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