Now is the Time,
Kerby's is the Place

October 10, 2013   

Fresh veggie plants are arriving weekly.

Fall has finally made its way to Seffner. The 10-day forecast looks delightful. Low humidity, morning temperatures in the 60s and afternoons in the mid-80s. Perfect gardening weather. What will you do in the garden this week? It's a great time to get your fall veggies in for harvests of greens, tomatoes or bok choy all winter long. Onion sets are in at Kerby's as well, including sweet, red, yellow and white onions. Not only are onions a staple for many recipes, but planting onions in a veggie bed can help keep insects away. We just finished planting our veggie garden and with this beautiful weather, we are already watching it grow. Our plants have doubled in size in just a few days and the radishes have already started to sprout. It's a beautiful time of year.

Butterflies are nature's way of showing off.
Has anyone else noticed that this has been one of the best years for butterflies in a long time? Well, let's keep those butterflies around. This Saturday at 10am, the workshop at Kerby's is all about butterfly gardening. You'll see which plants are really great at keeping all of those beautiful butterflies around your garden, and you'll learn some things to do in fall and winter to be ready for spring butterflies. We'll also review the basics for anyone just getting started on a butterfly garden. There are so many things about gardening that are rewarding, but sitting back and watching dozens of butterflies enjoy the fruits of your labor is at the top of the list. Let Kerby's help you make the most of it.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Featured Plant

Bring on the Butterflies

Upcoming Events
This Saturday, October 12th, 10am Workshop: Creating a Butterfly Garden

New Arrivals

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Onion Sets are In

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Fall Decorating

Pine Straw Bales
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Bee Balm
6" Pot - $6.99
Featured Plant
Bee Balm
Monarda didyma

Do you want to be the most popular garden for butterflies on the block? Then plant bee balm. Drop-dead gorgeous red flowers are sure to entice every butterfly and hummingbird to come in for a snack. It's a cold-hardy perennial (that means you won't have to replace it) and it grows best in 4 to 8 hours of sun. Give it a little space, it grows 2 to 3 feet tall and wide.

Bring on the Butterflies

It's easy to attract butterflies to your garden. For the basics, check out our butterfly handout and learn about some of the best plants for butterflies, and see below for some of the cool butterflies that you might see fluttering about in your garden.


Monarch - The monarch butterfly is one of the most common butterflies in our area. The host plant for the monarch is milkweed, so make sure that you include it in your butterfly garden. Did you know that monarch butterflies migrate all the way to Mexico in the winter?

Swallowtail - There are lots of different swallowtail butterflies, including the black swallowtail which lays its eggs on the herbs dill, fennel, rue and parsley, the pipevine and polydamus swallowtails which use dutchman's pipevine to lay their eggs and the giant swallowtail which lays its eggs on citrus. These butterflies come in many different mixes of black and yellow and are some of the most beautiful.

Sulphurs - A fast-flying yellow butterfly, there are many different types of sulphurs. Some are pale yellow and some like the orange-barred sulphur have beautiful orange colors in their wings. These butterflies lay their eggs on plants in the senna and cassia family. These large shrubs or small trees can make a great centerpiece in a butterfly garden.

Zebra Longwing - The state butterfly of Florida, this cool butterfly hangs out in shady areas under trees or large shrubs. You won't see it flying out in the hot sun too much. It lays its eggs on passionvine planted in the shade.



Gulf Fritillary - Another speedy little butterfly that is orange with white speckling. This butterfly flutters fast and high in sunny areas and lays its eggs on passion vine planted in the sun.


Upcoming Events



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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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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Sunday,  11:00am - 4:00pm