Discover the Fun of Gardening

October 4, 2012   

 Fall is for Redecorating your Landscape

Finally some rain! After a wet summer, we've been pretty dry for the last week or two. This week, we are getting plenty of rain. There is no better water than mother nature's. It is sure to make your veggie gardens and fall flowers really perk up. If you haven't gotten into the fall spirit yet, all of the cool fall plants arriving at Kerby's should help you out. From mums and geraniums to the heat-tolerant potunia and perennial dianthus, autumn is really starting to make an appearance. If you want some suggestions for what to do in the garden this season, see below.

Happy Gardening,
Kim, Joey and Mark

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Featured Plant

Get in the Garden: What to do this Fall

Upcoming Events

Camellias are In
Japonicas & Sasanquas
$29.99 - 3 Gallon Pot

Fall Veggies and
Onion Sets are In

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Choconiana Heliconia
$12.99 8" Pot
 Featured Plant
Choconiana Heliconia
Heliconia psittacorum 'Choconiana'
This beautiful tropical flower resembles a bird of paradise, but is much more floriferous. It usually grows to around three feet tall and thrives planted in the landscape or in container gardens. The lush foliage adds a taste of the tropics and the beautiful flowers are colorful all year, but especially appropriate for the autumn season.

Get in the Garden: What to do this Fall

Decorate - We may not get the amazing leaf color change that our northern friends receive, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy fall just as much. Beautiful mums, crotons and fountain grass create lovely fall decorations, especially when mixed in with pine straw bales and a few pumpkins and gourds. Whether you need a table centerpiece or want to jazz up your doorway, you can get in on the fall action.


Plant Cool Season Veggies - A drop in temperature tells us that it is time to plant cool season vegetables. These include collard, mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel's sprouts, cabbage, lettuce and spinach. There are even some herbs that really like the cooler temperatures, including cilantro, parsley, oregano and rosemary. See our Fall Veggie handout for more information about getting this season's garden going.


Fertilize - Now is a great time to fertilize all of your flowers, plants, trees and lawns to get them out of their summer funk. We use our Kerby's 8-4-8 fertilizer because it is well-balanced and contains all the minor nutrients plants need to grow strong and healthy.  Check out the instructions for using our special blend. One fertilizer really can do it all.


Prune Roses - If you have a rose garden, it's probably looking a little ragged after this hot summer. It's time to prune and fertilize all of your roses (including Knockouts) to encourage a burst of new growth in the fall. While it is drier at this time of year, continue monthly sprays of fungicide and insecticide to keep roses in peak health. 



Remove Summer Annuals - Vincas, begonias and marigolds have done their work giving us lots of color this summer, but as they become tall and leggy, it's time to pull them out and make ways for petunias, geraniums, dianthus and all the fun cool-season annuals that will brighten our gardens throughout the winter. Prune other perennial flowers and fertilize to encourage more blooming this fall.


Don't forget to enjoy! As cool weather finds its way here, it is the best time to get outdoors and just enjoy the colors, the sounds of the birds and our growing vegetable gardens. Grab your favorite warm drink and take a morning stroll. It will make everyday a great day!


Upcoming Events



Butterfly Gardening
Saturday, October 13th at 10am

Butterflies are a-flutter in Florida all year long, so make sure they have plenty of food. Come out and learn about the different types of butterflies that call Florida their home and the best plants for attracting each one.





Camellias: A Southern Tradition
Saturday, October 20th at 10am

Camellias are a classic flower of the south. Their color lights up shade gardens when they are in bloom. Camellias start blooming in the fall and continue (depending on the variety) until spring. Come out and learn all about planting and caring for camellias. 





Growing Fresh Herbs
Saturday, November 3rd at 10am

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. That means, it's the perfect time to add a little kick to all of your recipes with fresh herbs straight from your own garden. Whether you are looking to start an herb garden or just want some tips on keeping an existing garden growing, this workshop is for you.   




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2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
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