Our host, Dan Brown, up for raffle?
No way! He's priceless!
Our most recent meeting
had a wonderful meeting this past month down in Sarasota at Dan Brown's
house. It was great to see old friends again, and Dan's
Asian inspired setting was perfect.! Thanks, Dan, for making us so
next Meeting will be on Sunday,
November 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm at Bud Gunter's home in Tampa.
Please note the early
start-time! We hope to
remember to bring something to share in the potluck as well as the
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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
|A message from our
President and Vice-President
I'm sure Barry wants to remind all of you that with the new year comes
new officers for the club. Elections will be held at the January
meeting, and all offices are open for bid. Several of the
current officers are willing to stay on for another term if re-elected,
but don't let that stop you if you want to hold office and help guide
us into the future. Click
here for a copy of our offices and the duties that each requires.
I can guarantee you that it takes less than 2 hours each month,
including the board meeting!.
Club board of
Vice President -
Social Director -
Membership Directors -
I am happy to welcome back Gary
the active list. I was very unkind to Gary by using him as
joke fodder while he was recuperating. Great guy that he is, he
told me he used my jokes as a basis to come up with better ones of his
own! I must report that he is too skinny now, but looking better
all the time! Glad to see you doing so well!
Did you know??
The walkway and bench in Dan's zen garden on the side of his house was
made with oval and square pieces of granite that he got for free or a
very small price since they are sink cut-outs!
Finally, I need to report that my
brother Chip fell at home and twisted
his knee. Turns out he severed the tendons in his knee and is
going under the knife on Monday to have them reattached at Bay Pines
The doctor tells me he will have huge
scars - this won't be done
arthroscopically - and it involves drilling through the patella to tie
the tendons on. He will be having a spinal for the surgery, so he
may be able to hear the grind of the drill. I hope the battery
will be strong since that grinding noise gets to me just putting a
screw in the wall when the battery starts to give out. I told him he
should also draw a YOU ARE HERE map on his stomach to indicate which
knee 'cause you can't sue the VA for malpractise.
He is expected to be laid up about 6
weeks in bed, then have 3 months
of physical therapy. He picked a great time for this to happen.
The grass grows slower this time of year. He had better be
back in time for the first Spring mowing!