Michael welcomed us to his garden...
Our most recent meeting
met last month at Twigs and Leaves Nursery on the South Side of St.
Pete. Thanks to Michael and Phillippe for allowing us to use
their facility and for a greatly informative presentation.
next Meeting will be on Sunday,
November 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm at Gary and Gary's home in the Seminole
Heights neighborhood of Tampa. Please note the early
start-time! We hope to
remember to bring a chair so there will be enough seating for all, and
bring something to share in the potluck as well as the plant raffle!
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probably one of the best months of the
year to garden in the Sunshine
dry weather finally begins to visit Florida
and usually makes itself welcome for the next six months. While
we do not get the colorful leaf
that our friends up north do, we are still treated to a nice show in
especially in the more northern parts of the state.
cooler and drier weather also helps to lessen the bug populations. By
this time of the year fleas, chinch bugs,
mosquitoes and others are hardly noticeable. There
is also a change in the wildlife. Not
only will there be more snowbirds in
the state, but many fine
feathered migratory birds will be seen heading southward to their
of these birds will be
making pit stops along the way to take in food and water before
their journey so make sure to fill your bird feeders with a mix of
they will stop off in your yard for a snack before moving on! Be
careful though because some of these birds
just might take a liking to your vegetables and strawberries and help
themselves to your crops.
aware that even though the cooler weather will lessen certain
insects, not all of them will disappear. Aphids,
beetles, cutworms, cabbage
worms, corn earworms, leaf miners,
mole crickets, leaf hoppers, leaf rollers, squash bugs and other
still be around to munch on your plants if you are not watchful. Early
detection and ecological control is the
best medicine for your garden.
While you may
take a break from fertilizing your lawn and trees this month, your
and annuals should still be fed. A
composted manure or balanced liquid fertilizer will be much appreciated
these plants and will help to give you an abundance of blooms and
vegetables. Do not neglect to water your
plants. Even though it is not as hot and your plants' water demands are
great, judicious watering must still be done. Mulching your plants, of
lessens how much water they will require.
are some “quick tips” for our Florida Fall:
bets for starting a traditional garden this month are:
is a great month to begin planting roses. Be sure to buy locally pot
your nursery or garden center be your guide for growing annuals and
Choose healthy specimens for a quick-start garden.
lawns can be revived with the application of quick acting high nitrogen
fertilizers and regular irrigation.
attention to insect infestations and rust or fungal infections on your
vegetables, herbs and flowers then immediate control will help to head
major problems later in the season.
buds on your Poinsettias will begin to open and many tropical plants
to bloom. Color will be just about everywhere.
next few months are open to planting and growing almost anything you
imagine especially as far as herbs, vegetables and annuals are
Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots,
Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Cucumbers, Endive, Escarole, Kale,
Leek, Lettuce, Onion Sets, Parsley, Peppers, Pumpkins, Rhubarb,
Rutabagas, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Sweet Corn, Swiss Chard,
Turnips and almost any other vegetable you desire.
- Herbs: Anise,
Basil, Borage, Chives, Chervil,
Coriander, Fennel, Garlic, Lavender, Marjoram, Mint, Parsley, Rosemary,
Sesame, Sweet Marjoram, Thyme and most other herbs.
- Flowers: Amaryllis,
Asters, Baby's Breath, Bachelor's
Buttons, Balsam, Calendulas, Callas, Candytufts, Carnations, Cosmos,
Cockscombs, Daisies, Dianthus, Forget-Me-Nots, Gaillardias, Gladiolas,
Amaranth, Hollyhocks, Lace Flowers, Lilies, Lobelias, Lupines,
Narcissus, Sweet Felching Nasturtiums, Pansies, Salvias, Scabiosa,
Statice, Stock, Strawflowers, Sweetpeas, Sweet William, Verbenas, and
cool season flowers.
Florida Home Grown; Florida Gardening
Month by Month
1825 4th Street N, St Pete.
County Extension Service
calendar for lots more gardening
in St. Petersburg
Kopsick Palm Arboretum
in St. Petersburg
meetings at Moccasin Lake
2750 Park Trail Ln., Clearwater:
1st Monday, October – May, 7:00-9:00pm.
Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society
First Wednesday of month, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
3rd Thursday, 7:30-9:30pm
For all of you who didn't attend the meeting last month, and there were
many of you, you missed an excellent gathering at Twigs and Leaves.
Michael welcomed us warmly and we had a great opportunity to get
lots of our gardening questions answered.
had a great night, with comfortable breezes at twilight. There were 23
of us for the meeting, with Bill Hein signing everyone in. He was
filling in for Joe and Bob who were on a cruise - lucky guys if it
started the evening with an hour of socializing, wandering the nursery
and making a few purchases.
announced dinner once everything was set up.
The food was delicious! There were several interesting ethnic
dishes - curry, stir-fry, and Mexican and Italian fares. My
favorite was the sweet and sour red cabbage and sausage with Thai
seasoning. It was wonderfully delicious and would have won the
food competition had I been judge! However, Eric's equally Yummy
Pesto Bowties did win (Okay, I wouldn't have been able to make up my
mind, so better I don't judge!) 2nd place went to Joe Florio for
his Curry Beef and fragrant rice. As you can see from the photo
above, we scarfed everything down!
Barry opened the business portion of the meeting by bringing up several
subjects - member participation and annual Dues. Barry told
everyone how one of our newest members, Rich Gill, was the
only one to volunteer to man our booth and help out at the
Film Festival last month. He pointed out that if we want the club
to continue, we have to be willing to help out when it is needed!
Barry also advised
that it's time to renew your membership and pay the annual dues.
Did you know that the price hasn't increased since we
started five years ago - how many things can brag about
Barry then introduced Michael Manlowe, one of the owners of Twigs and
Leaves. He spoke to us about Florida Native plants and why we should be
using more of them.
Did you know that Florida Native describes plants that were growing in
Florida prior to Columbus's arrival in the New World. Michael
had charts to explain it all!
Michael also brought out examples of Florida Natives to show us what
works in todays landscapes and what go well together. The main
reason for us to use them is because they grow here without need for
fertilizers, excess water, pesticides,
The meeting ended with the raffle. For a small turnout, there were tons
of plants! Jim and Eric brought their usual truckload of great
and varied plants, and this time my brother Chip worked to bring 16
plants from our garden. Several others brought multiple plants for the
raffle, so there was a great variety to pick from - heliconia,
clerodendrons, Sage, Aztec Shield caladium, Ixora, cranberry
hibiscus, Mother of thousands and two different hoya! Jim
identified all of the
plants and led the raffle!
It’s dues time! Dues are only $15 for a full
membership-year (September 2010 - August 2011). You can pay on
Club’s website via Paypal, bring cash to the next meeting
amount is requested), or bring a check to the next meeting.
paying by check, please make the check payable to “Gary
Raush” the Club treasurer.
New—a Rakes & Blades Membership Social Event!
Our Social Director, Rich, has suggested we get together socially for a
night of dinner and theatre. American Stage is putting on a
staged reading of Love! Valour! Compassion! @7:30 on Monday, November 29th in
honor of World Aids Day and as a fundraiser for Metro Charities and the
Aids Theatre Project. Please plan on joining us! He will
have more information at the meeting.