welcomed us to Wilcox Nursery this past month for our meeting. In
addition to hosting the meeting, he also gave an excellent program to
our membership on Florida Natives. Thanks Bruce!!
Meeting: Our next
will be on Sunday, November 18th at 1:00.Bud G. has offered
his home due to a scheduling conflict with our planned venue, so we
will all be heading over to Tampa for the meeting. Bring
enough to share in the potluck and don't forget the plant
raffle! Directions to next
meeting: Login to Members page
Florida Gardener's Almanac:
monthly timetable of gardening chores:
probably one of the best months of the
year to garden in the SunshineState. Cool,
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:
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
bets for starting a traditional garden this month 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.
Basil, Borage, Chives, Chervil,
Coriander, Fennel, Garlic, Lavender, Marjoram, Mint, Parsley, Rosemary,
Sesame, Sweet Marjoram, Thyme and most other herbs.
There was an intimate turnout for the meeting last month in Largo at
Wilcox Nursery. We had about 20 people and guests, but then
Florida natives are still an acquired taste for a lot of our
The smallish turnout made for plenty of space to sit and visit, and
plenty of wandering space throughout the nursery.
It was a pleasure to
wander before dinner to see all the various plants in and out of bloom.
After food, Bruce Turley gave a very smart program on Florida natives,
expounding on all he told us at his last visit with us, with plenty of
Bruce answered all of the individual questions asked by our members.
Below, you can see John and Norm, who are native New
Yorkers, getting information from Bruce to apply in their lovely
After the program,
Jim led us in our regular monthly plant raffle.
For your information:
up after the holidays is 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!