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October 19, 2017   
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Building a fire pit.

Last week, I told you that since I couldn't go hunt for a lost plane in Idaho, I was going to build a fire pit. And since I had two really great helpers, I was able to get it finished. (Okay, the helpers may have been bribed with the prospect of roasted marshmallows. . .) We used an assortment of leftover rocks from various projects, and ended up with a really nifty fire pit. Perfect for autumn and winter nights. At least that's
We are prepared for cool evenings!
what we are hoping for. We fired it up this week as a test run, and got a nice little blaze going (and of course roasted some marshmallows). It was a little warm out, so the fire was almost too hot, but sitting around it in the early evening we got to see some little bats fluttering around and we pretended it was cooler than it really was. Now here's hoping for some real fall temperatures in our area so that we can actually get out and put the fire pit to good use. The forecast keeps teasing us with slightly cooler temperatures, but I want a cold front, a really nice cool down that makes us (and the plants) say 'Doesn't it feel amazing outside!'.

But, since the weather wants to stay warm, I am going to get out in my garden and keep planting away. Why not? We are lucky to live in Florida where gardening can happen any day of the year. I've got a couple of fruit trees that need to get in the ground soon, but I haven't quite figured out where to plant them. But I'll find a spot.
A starfruit in full flower.
If you really love fruit trees like I do, there is always a place in your garden for another edible plant. It's like Kim and Mark's grandfather once said, why bother planting a tree if it won't give you anything. So I've got to figure out where to plant the fruit trees I have, and then I'll start looking for spots to plant the other trees that I need to have in my Fruit Forest. In the meantime, we are getting some nice little harvests. This week we picked oranges, lemons and a lime, plus our starfruit is flowering like crazy (a cluster of blooms is pictured at right), the sapodilla is setting fruits, the mulberry has a few on it and the figs are still going crazy. You might ask - do you really need more fruit trees? And the answer is always an unequivocal - Yes!

If you share my excitement about fruit trees, then come out this weekend to Kerby's. At 10am on Saturday morning, I'll be hosting our Fall Fruit Workshop, where you'll learn all about growing fruit trees in Florida. If the temperatures won't cool down, let's make the most of it and keep having fun in our gardens.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Featured Plant
Star Fruit

There are so many different fruit trees to grow in Florida, how do you choose? The star fruit makes itself stand out by fruiting early and abundantly. Trees as young as one year old can begin producing harvests, and within a few years, you will have more starfruit than you know what to do with. As if that weren't enough, it's a delicious, nutritious fruit that is refreshing eaten fresh off the tree as well as great for cutting up in salads. The tree can even take part shade, so if you don't have tons of sun in your yard, you can give this tasty fruit tree a try.
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Featured Product
Liquid Iron

When fruit trees arrive at the nursery, they often have big bursts of growth, no matter what time of year. We asked our growers how they do it, and they said they use a micronutrient spray. Especially in Florida soils, micronutrients are hard to come by, so a spray with the nutrients iron, copper, manganese and zinc give trees a boost they are often missing. Try it today on your trees to get a fresh burst of healthy green growth.
Pruning keeps plants growing the way you want them to.

Garden Tip
Fruit Tree Pruning

Chances are, if you love fruit trees, your backyard is not nearly as large as you would like it to be. So sometimes, you've got to prune your fruit trees to keep them from overtaking each other and your yard. A few rules of thumb for fruit tree pruning are:
  • Prune after harvest - For many trees, the best time to prune is right after harvest. After pruning, the tree will have nearly a year to recover for the next harvest. 
  • Light pruning can be done any time of the year.
  • To keep trees compact, prune the terminal buds (the end of brnaches where new growth comes out). Even just pinching back the terminal buds on a regular basis can help limit the size of a tree.
  • For cold-sensitive trees, don't prune close to winter. You don't want flushes of new growth when cold temperatures may come our way.
  • Prune on a regular basis. The more you keep up with pruning (even if it is just a few times per year), the less severe any individual prune has to be, which is much better for your trees.
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