Now is the Time,
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September 17, 2015   

Have some fun and get some veggies going for the fall season.
Did you feel it? That one day of fall-ish weather this week. In Florida, we know we have to be patient before we really cool off, but any drop in humidity and temperature is a reason to get outside and enjoy. As we move through September, we know that more weather like that will be on the way. Which makes it the perfect time of year to clean up worn out flower beds and get the fall veggie garden started. If you are new to veggie gardening in Florida, or haven't been successful in the past, join Kerby's this Saturday at 10am for the fall veggie gardening workshop. More information is below in the events section.

Fall is for fun in the garden right? At Kerby's, you'll find lots of cool metal garden art all around the garden center. From parrots and roosters, to peacocks and flying pigs, there is bound to be something to make your garden uniquely you. So come on out and get ready for some fall fun in the garden.



Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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A Practical Veggie Garden

Featured Plant

Upcoming Events
Saturday 9/19 at 10am
Fall Veggie Gardening

Mulch Madness
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Featured Plant
Sunshine Ligustrum
10" Pot

Sunshine Ligustrum
Ligustrum sinense 'Sunshine'
Cold-hardy, colorful and compact the Sunshine Ligustrum is another garden stunner from the Southern Living Plant Collection. It's small leaves and bright yellow color really brighten sunny areas of a landscape. Plant with Purple Pixie Loropetalum for a hardy landscape with year-round color.


Fall Veggie Gardening: A Practical Garden

There are so many benefits to growing your own vegetable garden. It's great exercise and can help you unwind after a long day at the office. Plus you get home-grown nutritious food that always tastes better than store bought veggies. Planting a veggie garden can seem overwhelming though. Which veggies should I plant? Do I have enough time to care for them? These are common questions for anyone thinking about becoming a backyard farmer. Fortunately even with the responsibilities of a job and a family, you can still find time to create a productive vegetable garden, without turning into a full-time farmer. Below are some tips for creating a practical garden that will work for you.   To really get a great start, come out to the nursery at 10am this Saturday for the Fall Vegetable Workshop.

Make it Practical -  Everyone with dreams of being a home farmer pictures a large plot of land brimming with vegetables of all kinds. That may not be reality for all of us though. So what makes a garden practical and manageable? Try these tips to have your best garden ever.

1. Location - Make sure your veggie garden is in the sun and is easily accessible. Water should be right at hand so that watering is as easy as turning the hose on. Being located near the kitchen also makes harvesting a snap. (Pictured at right: Joey and Kim's niece Sawyer helped pick carrots in a fall garden, many years ago now..)

2. Start Small - Don't get caught up in veggie fever and try to grow every vegetable that you like. Start with a small plot and pick your favorite three or four vegetables. Tend them well and as you become successful, increase the garden size. Be sure you plant only as much as you can manage.

3. Don't Start too Small - While you don't want to start too large, it is easy to underplant as well. Take a little time to plan out what you would like to harvest and use that amount to guide how many of each plant you put out. For instance with lettuce or spinach, it can be useful to plant a large patch, so that you can continually harvest leaves. One or two plants would make for very small salads!

4. Use Rich Soil - Our Florida soil is notoriously poor, so add lots of rich potting soil such as our Kerby's Soil or mix your own with peat, manure and compost. Soil condition impacts the taste and nutrition of the veggies you grow, as well as the success of the garden.

5. Make Tending Easy - Keep fertilizer and ready-to-use sprays handy on your morning garden walks so that you can easily tend to problems as you see them. Scouting your garden regularly allows for more relaxation time (a stroll with your morning coffee in hand is always soul-soothing) and more opportunities to keep problems in check. The more you scout the more successful your garden will be.

6. Get Everyone Involved - As kids, helping in the garden can be lots of fun and will create some great memories. Kim (pictured above)always remembers helping Grandma and Grandpa Kerby in their veggie garden. Having little (and big) helpers can lessen the chores you have to do in the garden and can make tending it a little easier. Plus, it never hurts to teach kids where veggies come from, they may even be more likely to eat them!

Happy Harvests!

Upcoming Events


Fall Veggie Gardening
Saturday, September 19th at 10am

Florida is a wonderful place to live, because while our northern neighbors are starting to hunker down for winter, we are planting fall vegetable gardens. Fall is a great time of year to grow leafy favorites, like cabbage, collards, mustards and broccoli. We'll talk about all of the great vegetables that grow through the winter in Florida, and we'll also discuss gardening in pots and Earthboxes (a great way to grow veggies in small spaces).




Workshop: Butterfly Gardening

Saturday, September 26th at 10:00 am

Bring on the butterflies! Butterfly gardening is a fun way to get everyone involved in the garden. Plus the plants that butterflies love are beautiful to us too. Come out to this workshop and learn the best way to attract butterflies to your garden. 



Kerby's Pumpkin Patch

Back by popular demand, the Kerby's Pumpkin Patch will open up the first weekend in October with cool pumpkins and gourds to decorate your porches and entryways for the fall season. Plus there will be a cool area for taking fall pictures with the kids. Come out throughout the month of October to enjoy the beauty of fall.




Workshop: Miniature Gardening
Saturday, October 3rd at 10am

Fee: $25 (plus tax) - per garden created

Help us kick off the fall season, with a fun hands-on workshop where you can create a super-cool miniature garden. They are easy and fun for everyone. This is a hands-on workshop, so come on out ready to get your hands dirty! Included in the $25 fee is a small container, two mini-plants, one figurine, and all the materials for planting the pot. Kerby's has plenty of additional decorations available for purchase, including fairy houses, chairs and bridges, just in case your fairy or gnome needs a little more fun in their garden! If you plan on coming please call the nursery at 813-685-3265 so that we have an idea of how many people to expect.



Workshop: Fall Porch Pots
Saturday, October 17th at 10:00 am

Make your home really stand out this fall season with lovely pots and beautiful plants. This workshop will teach you all about thrillers, fillers and spillers, and show you some of our tricks for creating beautiful porch pots. And with our new collection of antique style baskets, and huge pottery department, you are sure to find something to make your fall fabulous.




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.




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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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