Now is the Time,
Kerby's is the Place

October 22, 2015   

 
Beautiful ivy geranium baskets just arrived at Kerby's.
Fall in Florida is amazing isn't it. Cool evenings and mornings make it pleasant to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. The mornings have been cool enough that most of us at the nursery have had a light jacket on (when you were born and raised in Florida, anything in the 60s calls for a jacket). It's a beautiful time to be out in the garden, planting geraniums and petunias, or tending your veggie garden. It shouldn't be too long before the garden is full of blooms and yummy veggies.

 
Find autumn inspiration at Kerby's.
Speaking of harvests, one of our favorite things to do when we aren't tending the garden is to have some fun cooking in the kitchen. And nothing makes home-cooked meals taste as fresh as veggies and herbs picked right out of your backyard. So as the fall season rolls along with pumpkin-spice everything, and our thoughts turn to Thanksgiving dinner menus and recipes, make sure your herb garden is growing well, so that all of your holiday recipes will have the perfect taste. Below, there are some ideas for using herbs, and this Saturday is the Herb Gardening Workshop, so come on out and enjoy Fall in Florida.




Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family


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Let's Get Herbal



Featured Plant

Upcoming Events
Saturday 10/24 at 10am
Herb Gardening Workshop

 

New Shipment of Chimneas
Perfect for Fall Evenings in the Garden


All Pumpkins
50% Off



Featured Plant
 
Camellias
$29.99
10" Pot

Camellia
Camellia japonica or sasanqua
 
Pinks and reds, formal or ruffly, camellias come in many shapes and sizes. As we move into the fall, camellia season starts in Florida, with the first sasanquas (like this Stephanie Golden, pictured at right) just starting to bloom. Throughout the fall, winter and into early spring, camellias will brighten shady areas of your garden with lovely color.

 

Let's Get Herbal
So after you've attended the Herb Workshop this weekend and learned how to grow beautiful herbs, what do you do with them? Below are some ideas for using those delicious and useful fresh herbs that you've grown.

Bath Thyme - Use fresh garden herbs to create an aromatherapy bath that will relax and refresh you. Infuse oil with lavender, rosemary or lemon grass ahead of time and simply add to hot bath water. Or, pick a handful of fresh herbs at bath time, crush to release the oils and add to the bath. You can also put freshly crushed herbs in a sachet before throwing them in the water to keep the leaves from getting caught in the drain. However you choose, sit back, relax and let the fresh fragrances lift your stress away.

 

Make it Spicy - Of course the most popular use for fresh herbs is cooking, and what dish wouldn't taste better with oregano or basil from your garden instead of dried up old leaves! Crush or chop herbs just as you are about to use them so that the oils are released in your dish.

 

 

Healing - One of the oldest uses of herbs is not for their flavor and spice, but for their healing powers. Many of these remedies have been used since ancient times. Next time you have a headache or stomachache, try a freshly infused herbal tea instead of grabbing pills from the medicine cabinet. Below is a list of some common herbs and the healing properties they have.

Basil - can help alleviate kidney problems, as well as soothe anxiety.
Chamomile - also calms nerves and settles the stomach.
Fennel - helps detoxify the body and restore normal stomach function.
Parsley - is a blood builder and full of vitamins.
Sage - is antibacterial and antiviral. Great for treating colds and sore throats.
Thyme - is a powerful antiseptic.
Catnip - soothes a cough or cold.
Dill - makes a powerful tea for stomach or intestinal issues.
Rosemary - is a food preservative and digestive aid.




Upcoming Events

 

Workshop: Herb Gardening

Saturday, October 24th at 10:00 am

Come out and see how delicious gardening can be. We'll talk about growing herbs, how to use them and share some recipes. Yummy.

 


 


Halloween Fun!
Saturday, October 31st

The staff is really excited about wearing their costumes this year! Come out for a little trick-o-treat for the kids and to enjoy the beauty of fall in Florida.

 






Winter Open House
Friday, December 4th from 5pm to 7pm
Please R.S.V.P. if attending

As the holidays approach there is nothing like taking a little time out for friends, family, and flowers. Come share an evening under the lights with Kerby's Nursery. The shade house will be decorated with all the beautiful flowers of Christmas and Kim is making her famous ginger snaps. It will be a delightful evening to forget your daily stress and just relax.

 

  


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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265
www.kerbysnursery.com


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