met last month for the August meeting at Jim and Eric’s beautiful
home and lush
gardens in St. Petersburg.Thanks,
guys, for providing us with a
wonderful location for our Meeting!
Our next Meeting
will be on Sunday, September 19 at
at Phil Stager’s home in St.
Petersburg.Please note the summer
start time and prepare to be “wowed” by Phil’s
tropical gardens! PLEASE remember to
bring a chair so
there will be enough seating for all, and bring something to share in
potluck as well as the plant raffle!No
RSVP is necessary.
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Florida Gardener's Almanac:
September in the Florida Garden:
September marks the starts of
Florida’s Fall gardening season.
If you are a keen observer of nature, you will begin seeing the shadows
getting longer and longer in the afternoon and the first swallows of
the season from up north flitting around on their way south.
"Continued warm and scattered showers" will be a familiar refrain from
the TV weathermen and we will be hearing more and more about tropical
storms and hurricanes since we are now in the thick of their seasonal
activity. Despite the feeling that this month sometimes seems
hotter than last, make no mistake about it, there are only twenty-two
more days left of summer then the cooler, dryer weather will be upon us. September also
tends to be one of Florida's wettest months.
Because of this, lush growth can be expected from many of your plants,
but flowers will not be so evident. This is the month, however,
when mangos, avocados and guavas ripen. And now is the time to
begin starting vegetable seeds throughout much of the state. Make
sure that you have enriched your gardening plots with peat, composted
products, or animal manures before you put your seedlings out! If
your land tends to flood during the heavy seasonal rains, consider
building raised beds and run your beds east and west to take advantage
of the sunlight as we move into the winter season. If you have a
black thumb when it comes to starting seeds many garden centers and
nurseries will have transplants available. If you do
decide on trying to start seeds, make sure not to plant them too
deeply--follow the recommendations on the packet -- most seeds need
only to be barely covered with soil to sprout successfully.
Additionally, be sure to water daily if for some reason the rains do
not do it for you. If you are a
gardener who chooses to live in an area with zero lot lines, consider container
Make sure to use big enough containers for large vegetables like
peppers, tomatoes and squashes so they do not become pot-bound. A
four to five gallon sized container is usually what they require. Consider
mulching planted beds.
Mulch is also an important consideration this time of the year to help
keep weeds in check, to help enrich the soil and to prevent the soil
from drying out when we get into the dry season. Pests are also
of major concern when growing vegetables.
You may not see stinkbugs, cabbageworms, tomato hornworms or big-legged
bugs all year, but as soon as their favorite vegetables begin growing,
they know it and will be in your garden before you know it. Hand
picking the insects may solve the problem, but if not, please read all
the directions and take the proper precautions when applying pesticides
for control. Pesticides are, after all, poisons and they can take
a toll on more than just the bad bugs in your garden.
Insecticides do not differentiate between good bugs, bad bugs, birds,
fish, pets or you. They can and will harm all of the above
if not used with due care. If you are
growing bougainvilleas this is the last month to prune them and only
for the removal of awkward growth.
Do not water or feed them again until the early part of next
summer. If you do not follow this advice it may negatively effect
flower production next season. This is also
the last time to prune poinsettias. Poinsettia
flower buds begin forming after the middleof October. If you
desire a nice show for the holiday season, do not prune them after this
month. Because the best flowers on poinsettias are produced at
the tips of healthy branches, encourage your plants to make as many
branches as possible with judicious pruning. Small, spindly
plants will require more pruning than plants with large trunks and
strong branches. After pruning you may give your poinsettias a
shot of general-purpose fertilizer then some high potash fertilizer at
the end of October. When new foliage begins to show after
pruning, watch out for hornworms, which are fond of the new tender
foliage. Also be careful of where your poinsettias are planted as
they rely on the shortening of the daylight they receive as a cue to
begin budding. Car lights, porch lights and streetlights will
throw this timing off. Poinsettias bloom when they enter a
reproductive state when the nights are 12 hours long or longer.
This reproductive state can be interrupted by even small light sources
that shine on the plants when they are supposed to be in the dark of
night. If this reproductive state is interrupted the plants will
not bloom. Best bets for
starting a traditional garden this month are: Vegetables:
Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage,
Carrots, Cauliflower, Collards, Cucumbers, Eggplants, Escarole, Kale,
Lettuce, Mustard, Onion Sets, Peas, Peppers, Radishes, Romaine,
Rutabagas, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Sweet Corn, Swiss Chard,
Tomatoes and Turnips. Herbs: Anise, Basil, Borage,
Chervil, Marjoram, Parsley, Sesame and Thyme. Flowers:
Asters, Baby's Breath, Bachelor's Buttons, Balsam, Calendulas,
Candytufts, Carnations, Cosmos, Cockscombs, Daisies, Dianthus,
Forget-Me-Nots, Gaillardias, Globe Amaranth, Hollyhocks, Lace Flowers,
Lobelias, Lupines, Marigolds, Nasturtiums, Salvias, Scabiosa,
Snapdragons, Statice, Stock, Strawflowers, Sweetpeas, Sweet William,
Verbenas and Zinnia.
Home Grown; Florida Gardening Month by Month
August Meeting was held at
Jim and Eric’s home and tropical gardens in St.
wonderful venue to enjoy a steamy summer afternoon!
The pool and patio were very inviting and we
had a large crowd for the Meeting.It
was an upbeat and exciting Meeting!Hopefully this mood will
continue into the next Club “year” which begins
There was a delicious selection of food, including
several dishes with culinary flair.First place in the Food
Contest went to Austin
for his tasty Paella.Thanks, Austin!Honorable Mentions went to our Webmaster—Bryan—for
his wonderful Stir-Fried Beef and Vegetables over Ricer and to Ron and
for their delicious and exotic Moroccan Shepherd’s Pie. All in
all, we had a
great showing food-wise at this Meeting!
brother) presented the Program portion of the Meeting with his
composting, including how to set up a compost pile and why we all
should.His talk was full of detailed
regarding “do’s” and “don’ts” when
it comes to this important activity!
President, Larry, and Vice-President, Barry, then
discussed the upcoming elections and the need for Club members to step
and serve the Club in by taking one of the open officer positions.Many of the current officers are stepping
down from their present positions and there is an urgent need for
take their places if the Club is going to continue to thrive.
meeting ended with the raffle conducted by our
host, Jim.The raffle featured worthy
additions to the Florida
including a nice selection of clerodendrums (musical notes, cashmere
and Philippine Violets.Austin and Rich
generously brought over 40 coleus plants, so everyone who won a plant
raffle could also choose a coleus.Thank
Ed.note:Thank you, Bryan
for your assistance with the photos for this issue.
is the last Newsletter issue that I will be
editing.I hope that you have found the
Newsletter to be helpful and have enjoyed reading it.It has been a pleasure being the Editor
Photographer for the past two years and now it is time for someone else
fun with it!Brad.
Message from our
Our plants should
be all thriving, with all the rain that we have had in the past few
have rain buckets everywhere, but don't get to use them, because of all
rain. It has been nice to have mother nature watering our plants, so
there is free time, we can do other things, in our gardens.
We had a great
meeting at Jim and Erik's home, this past month, as we always do. Our
thriving, as well. As I spoke at the last meeting, I was looking out
number of faces that are new members, to our club. It is exciting to
faces all the time, as well as our longtime members. This next month we
meeting at Phil Stagers. We always enjoy his bamboo and croton
yard. We are looking forward to that. At the same time we will be
elections for officers.
We are still in
need of folks that will help out with the Webmaster Positions, and the
Newsletter Editor Positions. I would hate to begin the new year without
positions filled. They are positions that keep us up to date on what
happened in the past, with the archive photos, and newsletters; what
a weekly basis, with the Friday Update; and the future with the
There are other positions in need of help, as well.
I sat down with
Bryan Hopper this past week, to see what he does, and
to be very interesting. It is not very complicated, as he has all
kinks worked out. I am sure that he would be willing to help someone
the first few newsletters, as I know that Brad would as well, so that
it is not
just dumped in someone's lap. If you spend any time on the computer,
wanted to broaden your horizon's, these are 2 positions that would
your knowledge, and something that you would enjoy, once you learned
how to do
it!!! Please, ALL OF YOU, STRONGLY CONSIDER THESE POSITIONS. We simply
enjoy the meetings, as well, without these strong positions.
We are also
coming up on the Film Festival at the Tampa Theater, from October 7 -
This is always an exciting time in our community, and a time of seeing
friend. We have a nice advertisement, in the Festival Brochure.
keep an eye open for that. Also, we are planning on a tent in the
and we will need volunteers to be at the booth, so please keep that in
the weekend of the 9th and 10th.
I will be
looking forward to seeing each and everyone of you at Phil's home, and
forward to seeing the outcome of the election! Until then, Happy
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