Fresh Beginnings
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The Kerby's Nursery E-Newsletter
September 16, 2021
Upcoming Events  |   Fall Veggie Gardening  |   New Arrivals
Fresh Beginnings
by Joey Bokor

As I started this newsletter, I was thinking about change. And then I realized that if the last 18 months have shown us anything it is that while we are adaptable, we aren't always that fond of change. No. Change isn't it. What we love is fresh beginnings. When we feel like we can turn a page and start a new chapter.

In the garden, that's what Fall gives us. In Florida, you kind of have to make fall happen. Mother Nature doesn't always cooperate with cool temps and dry air, so we have to mark the change of seasons on our own. For me, getting our cool-season veggie gardens going is the unofficial start of the Fall season. And this week, our full crop of veggie starts arrived at Kerby's. Collards, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, and peppers are ready to be a part of your garden. It's the kind of fresh beginning that we sometimes need. So, clean out your veggie beds and remove any leftover plants that you didn't get around to pulling out over the summer, recharge your soil and get something fresh planted for the season. A little work now will mean that in October when we do finally get our first cool front, you'll be ready to sit in your garden with a hot cup of coffee, and to quote Tim McGraw, watch your corn pop up in rows (OK so corn is probably not the best crop for winter, but watching your collard greens pop up just doesn't have the same lyrical flow).

If you are new to veggie gardening, new to Florida or just want this season's veggie garden to be better than ever, then join us this Saturday, September 18th at 10am for our first gardening seminar of the season. I'll share my best tips and tricks for making your gardens really grow. Let's make Fall happen together.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Fall Veggie Gardening

Fresh, Healthy, Homegrown . . .words restaurants use describing the best meals on their menus. You can have better tasting food without ever leaving home. All it takes is a backyard veggie garden. And in Florida, you get a second chance in the Fall. Below are our tips for garden success.

Site Selection - Choose a sunny spot with 6+ hours of sun per day, the more sun the better for most veggies. If you have a little bit of shade, that might be okay for leafy crops like lettuce and spinach. Always make sure there is a water source nearby and that the garden is easy to get to.

Plan the Garden - Pick veggies that your family likes to eat and make a simple garden design plan to organize your selections. Be sure you are picking veggies that are appropriate for the time that you are planting.

Prepare the Soil - Amend the soil with rich, organic material, such as peat, cow manure or homemade compost two to three weeks before planting time. You can also use a pre-mixed soil such as Kerby's Planting Soil.

Start from Seed - Starting veggies from seed is a great way to plant lots of plants. For veggies like lettuce, spinach, radishes, carrots and beets, seeds are the ideal way to start a garden. Be sure to always follow seed packet directions and plant at the correct depth.

Take Care of Your Veggies - Water your new garden daily, always in the morning for the first thirty days. Reduce watering frequency as the garden grows until you are watering twice per week, at least an inch at each watering. Fertilize weekly with Foxfarm's Grow-Big or monthly with The Kerby's Special or Gardentone. Check garden regularly for insects and disease, and be prepared to spray with Neem Oil or Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew as needed.

Now sit back and watch those gardens grow. Harvest season will be here before you know it.

New Arrivals
Mango Trees are Back!

Mallika and Coconut Cream
10" Pot - $59.99
Dwarf Allamanda

Bright Fall Color
6" Pot - $7.99


Delightful Purple and Pink
3 Quart Pot - $12.99

Send a living gift to your favorite plant person anywhere in the lower 48 states from the Kerby's online houseplant shop. New plants added every Thursday at noon.


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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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