Happy Winds-Day
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The Kerby's Nursery E-Newsletter
July 8, 2021
Weekly Special   |   10 Summer Garden Projects  |   New Arrivals
Happy Winds-day
by Joey Bokor
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Why is it that just about every tropical system in the past decade has come through our area overnight? It is sort of strange to go to bed with the anxiety of not knowing how bad a storm is going to be. It's even more odd to sleep through it and wake up with it already past our area. Fortunately, we seem to have dodged a bullet and the effects of Elsa have been minimal.

What we were left with is what Winnie the Pooh called a 'Winds-day'. Sitting outside Wednesday morning, the breeze was strong enough to make it feel like fall. A nice little treat in the middle of summer.

We hope your homes and gardens made it through Elsa in good shape. I'm keeping the newsletter short today because we still have tons of work to do putting the nursery back together from our hurricane prep. After the fact, it feels like we went a little overboard, but better safe than sorry, right? Hurricanes can be unpredictable and it's always better to be ready.



We hope to see you this weekend at the nursery. When you do come in over the next few months, you'll see construction starting on the new checkout building. We ask for your patience and flexibility in advance, as we know the construction is going to make a bit of a mess, but we know it will all be worth it in the end.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family



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10 Summer Garden Activities

Some of my best summer memories are of being out in the garden with my family. Below are 10 of our favorite ways to get out in the garden together and have some fun. There is something for everyone.

1. Grow Seeds - Germination is a miracle of nature, that is fascinating for adults and children. Plant a variety of seeds and track the growth to compare how fast and tall different types of seeds grow. A few easy starters:
Vegetables: Beans, Radishes, Squash and Watermelon
Flowers: Zinnias, Sunflowers, Marigolds and Nasturtiums

2. Plant an Herb Garden - Even the pickiest eater can't turn down food when they were involved in growing it. Summer isn't a great time for veggie gardens, you'll have to wait for fall to that, but you can plant herbs like Rosemary, Basil and Mint to spice up all of your best recipes.

3. Plant a Garden for Butterflies - Kids love to chase butterflies and to watch the miraculous life-cycle. Plant milkweed for monarch caterpillars and salvia or pentas to feed adult butterflies of all types. How many different butterflies can you identify in your garden?

4. Wiggly Worms - Gardeners jump for joy when they find earthworms in the soil. Go on a worm roundup in your own garden. Give everyone a shovel and see who can find the most. To really see what a worm does, fill a jar with veggie scraps from the kitchen table and a little soil. Sit back and watch how an earthworm turns them into rich compost.

5. Play the game Sit, Spot - Sit in your garden together and pick one spot to stare at for at least one minute. Quietly sit and stare at that one spot and then take turns describing to each other what you observed. The longer you look the more amazing nature you will find.

6. Go on a Bug Hunt - How many different insects can you identify in your garden? Armed with a critter cage (which can be as simple as an old Tupperware container with a ventilated top) collect and identify as many insects as you can. Turn it into some summer science by figuring out what wach bug does and whether they are good for the garden or not.

7. Plant Flowers - Everyone loves instant gratification. Plant some summer flowers and you will immediately beautify a space. Better yet, give everyone their own little garden plot and let them choose the flowers. They get to plant and care for them. The garden can be a great place to learn responsibility and pride of ownership.

8. Plant Miniature Gardens - Air plants, terrariums, and miniature container gardens are popular ways to garden on a smaler scale. Choose a wide shallow container and plant with small foliage or cactus. Spark the artist within by using a child's toy in each garden creation. Miniature cars, toy soldiers and plastic farm animals all make great centerpieces in a newly planted terrarium.

9. Create Your Own Flower - The flower world needs your creativity. Have everyone pick flowers from around the yard and then arrange them in a stack to come up with a new creation. Your new flower's name will be made up with part of each flower's original name. One of our creations: Pen-vio-dai-verb-ardia. Say that five times fast.

10. Don't forget to take photo of everyone together in the garden and share them with friends and family. These moments will be treasured for years to come. Make it even more fun and let the kids get behind the camera. You never know what a child's eye will capture.

Done together these will create memories that your family will cherish together.

New Arrivals
Colorblast Watermelon Punch Purslane

Heat Tolerant Color
6" Pot - $6.99
Maui Yellow Ixora

Bright Sunshine Yellow
10" Pot - $14.99

Pothos Pearls and Jade

Gorgeous Variegation
8" Basket - $29.99





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Seffner, FL 33584
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