Candied Ginger
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The Kerby's Nursery E-Newsletter
September 9, 2021
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Candied Ginger
by Joey Bokor

We are in the process of planning our first backpacking trip with the girls. It's been a long time coming. We bought a family tent years ago and have just not been able to coordinate actually getting out into the woods for a few nights. So far, the girls are excited, taking turns walking on the treadmill with their new backpacks and planning the menu for cooking in the great outdoors.

As we've been inventorying our backpacking gear, I've been thinking back on the hikes that Kim and I did pre-kids, and there is one Colorado adventure that just keeps replaying in my head. Back in 2009, we were out in Tabernash, Colorado, and as you drive along the main road through the valley, there is this little nub at the top of the mountain ridge. It's called Devil's Thumb. I had to climb up to it.

So, Kim and I packed a day pack with a picnic lunch, drove our ill-suited rental car down some rocky, bumpy roads to a trailhead and set out. As we started up the mountain, I began to feel off, my legs didn't want to move, and I felt really exhausted. I'm usually a good hiker, and as I started to complain about how I felt, I think Kim started getting apprehensive. How was she going to get me down from the side of a mountain if something was wrong?

We stopped to rest for a moment and to figure out what to do. I really wanted to climb this mountain, so I pulled out my secret elixir, although I didn't know that's what it was at the time: Candied Ginger. I don't even know why I had it. Dried fruit generally is a tasty, sweet, energy-filled snack while hiking, and I think I'd raided the snack cupboard from the house we were staying in. I took a few nibbles and it tasted like little bites of heaven. Sweet, tangy, and spicy. Yum. I ate a handful, tanked up on cold water and Kim and I resumed hiking, with me feeling a little better. Fast-forward about 30 minutes and I am practically running up the trail - a far cry from the way I'd felt just a short time before.

Since then, not a single adventure in the woods has occurred without a bag of candied ginger. The girls, having heard this story a couple of times, have opted for jellybeans to come with us on our upcoming hike. Whatever it takes to get us all up the mountain.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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September Garden Tasks

Sometimes it feels like a relief when we roll the calendar over to September. Even when you are used to being outside a lot, the heat of the summer takes its toll, and it is always nice to look forward to the relief of fall. Of course, here in Florida that relief won't come for a little bit, but there are some things that we can do in the garden to start getting ready for some fall fun in the garden.

Start Veggie Gardens - This week, veggie starts and seeds have both arrived at the nursery. The warm, sunny days allow seeds to emerge quickly and plants to get some great leafy growth before the days shorten and become cooler. Some of my favorites to start now: tomatoes, peppers, collards and broccoli.

Make Fall Plans - It isn't quite time for geraniums and petunias, but soon it will be. Use this in-between season to clean out spent summer annuals and make room for all of the flowers of fall.

Refresh Mulch - Nothing makes a flower bed look finished and complete like a beautiful layer of mulch. Clean out old mulch if needed and replace with a fresh layer to keep weeds down, hold water in, and make your landscape look amazing for the upcoming holiday season.

Plant Herbs - All of your recipes will taste better when the seasonings come straight from your garden. Plant now to have full-grown fresh herbs ready for cool-season cooking.

Check Irrigation Systems - Plants and lawns drink up the summer rains, but without those regular afternoon showers, they will rely on your irrigation system. Be sure that your sprinklers are all working properly and replace or recalibrate as necessary to keep everything thriving all year long.

Watch for Butterflies - Monarchs and other butterflies will start migrating southward as our northern states become colder. Be sure you have plenty of pentas, salvias, and milkweed to feed these hungry travelers.

New Arrivals
4-Pack Veggies are Here

First Veggies of the Season
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Eugenia Topiaries

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Fall Seeds are In

Let's Get Those Gardens Started
Organic and Heirloom Varieties Available

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