John and Norm
invited us to spend the Holidays with them at their lovely home in Palm
Harbor. The food, conversation, cheer and atmosphere was perfect
for the unseasonably warm December afternoon.
Meeting: Our next
will be on Sunday, January 20th at 1:00 in Tampa, at Brad and
Gary's home on the river. Okay, they aren't on the river,
but they are close enough. The weather promises to be a bit brisk after
our long hot spell, but at least the garden is sure to be lovely.
Maybe it's time to go back to bringing hot dishes for the
forget to bring something for the plant
raffle! Directions to next
meeting: Login to Members page
Florida Gardener's Almanac:
monthly timetable of gardening chores:
Winter is Here!
January is a great month to begin
planning and planting your spring vegetable and flower gardens. The
dry and daytime temperatures rarely go above 85°F. The nights get
rarely below freezing - although many years ago, January 19, 1977 to be exact, a trace of snow
fell in Miami and cities north.
Freight Trains of cold Polar air will push their way out of Canada and
Florida, sometimes getting only as far as Central Florida, other times
barreling their way down to the Keys.Last
year was memorable for two of these
Siberian Express cold fronts,
which dropped temperatures below freezing in Tampa for five nights!
Because this month tends to be so dry,
your lawn and plants require supplemental applications of water.
January is also an important
gardeners in South Florida to
fertilize tropical fruit trees, lawns, and shrubs.Citrus trees especially, should be
this month. Insect pests, plant diseases, and nutritional deficiencies
become apparent now.Aphids, whitefly,
caterpillars, grasshoppers, and scale insects attack citrus.Citrus trees can also become home to sooty
mold, fungus, foot rot, gummosis, "greasy spot" and a host of other
diseases resulting from poor nutrition.Now
would be an excellent time to
schedule (on your new calendar of
course) regular feedings of 6-6-6 fertilizer around the drip
line of your
trees. The rule of applying fertilizer to fruit trees is one
pound of fertilizer for each year of the tree's age.
Watermelon anyone? Now is a good
watermelon if you are in Central or South Florida
(North Floridians should wait until March).
bets for starting a traditional garden this month are:
Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots,
Cauliflower, Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Cucumbers, Endive,
Escarole, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leek, Lettuce, Mustard, Onion Sets, Parsley,
Peas, Peppers, Pumpkins, Rhubarb, Romaine, Rutabagas, Spinach, Squash,
Strawberries, Sweet Corn, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips Watermelons,
and almost any other vegetable or fruit you desire.
Anise, Basil, Borage, Chives, Chervil, Coriander, Fennel, Garlic,
Lavender, Marjoram, Mint, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Sesame, Sweet
Marjoram, Thyme and most other herbs.
Amaryllis, Asters, Baby's Breath, Bachelor's Buttons, Balsam,
Calendulas, Callas, Candytufts, Carnations, Cosmos, Cockscombs,
Daisies, Dianthus, Forget-Me-Nots, Gaillardias, Gladiolas, Globe
Amaranth, Hollyhocks, Lace Flowers, Lilies, Lobelias, Lupines,
Marigolds, Narcissus, Nasturtiums, Pansies, Poppies, Salvias, Scabiosa,
Snapdragons, Statice, Stock, Strawflowers, Sweetpeas, Sweet William,
Verbenas, and other cool season flowers and bulbs.
Florida Home Grown - Florida Gardening Month By Month
The Silk Floss tree was still in bloom, perfect for the our meeting.
It seems to always welcome us.
Speaking of welcoming, here is Joe, our frisky little elf busy
spreading holiday cheer! He gave each of us our holiday card, our
new membership directory and a membership card and refrigerator magnet
so everyone will know how to find us on the web!
Even the local alligator was ready to welcome us!
The potluck was ezceptionally nice this month as the club provided a
tremendous pan of roast turkey, thanks to Barry and Barry's cooking
skills. It set the stage for a great variety of side dishes.
After dinner Bud
filled in for the ailing Barry and conducted our business meeting.
As a group we voted to raise the annual dues to $20.00/person due
to the increase in our expenses. We also discussed the Metro
Center project and suggested we ask for donations for their garden to
change the space from a foliate garden to a scented or more floral
After the short meeting, we got to socialize for a while before
trooping to the side yard for the plant raffle.
For your information:
time for our annual election of officers. Please
consider taking a more active role in the club to ensure its
continuation. We have been maintaining a membership of 50-60 members
over the past few years, so we have a strong base to build upon, but
like all living things, we need help to sustain and grow. Here is
a list of club offices and the duties of each office., none of which
takes more than 2 hours per month. Why not consider giving 2
hours a month to the club!