Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Pasco garden notebook

Garden notebook


Rain barrel workshop: "Every Drop Counts" rain barrel workshops are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 26 at Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. Every Pasco County household is eligible to receive a 35-gallon barrel for $10 or a 55-gallon rain barrel for $20 when at least one household member attends a workshop. Preregistration is required by April 22. For information, call (352) 518-0470.

Green Industries Best Management Practices Certification: Florida law requires that landscape professionals follow Green Industries Best Management Practices when using certain fertilizers in urban landscapes and commercial fertilizer applications. University of Florida IFAS Hernando County Extension has planned a training for the Green Industries Best Management Practices Certification for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29 at the Hernando County Extension Office, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. Pre-registration is required by April 22; class size is limited. The cost is $25 per person and includes lunch. For information, call (352) 540-6224.

Plants and markets

Tasty Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays in the courtyard at New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main Street. Local organic growers sell seasonal produce and plant-based goods. The library also offers a seed exchange so gardeners can check out heirloom, genetically-pure seeds from the library's seed catalog to start an organic garden. (727) 853-1265.

Fresh Friday Night Market, 5 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of the month at Railroad Square in downtown New Port Richey (on Nebraska Avenue between Grand Boulevard and Adams Street). The eclectic market features vendors selling produce, plants and specialty foods such as fish, meat, cheese, baked goods, jelly and jam, honey, nuts, coffee, ethnic food, light refreshments and arts and crafts. (727) 842-8066; nprmainstreet.com.

Fresh Market at Wiregrass, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first and third Saturday of each month at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. Features produce, Florida-grown plants and locally made jams, salsas, seasonings and sauces, plus the works of local artists. (813) 994-2242; tampabaymarkets.com.

Suncoast Co-op hosts a farmers market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 4131 Madison St., New Port Richey. Features local produce, candles and locally made products. The co-op also accepts orders for locally grown, chemical-free produce. Register at suncoastco-op.com; orders may be picked up during the market, between noon and 2 p.m. (727) 271-2754.

Hernando County Farmers Market is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at 2450 U.S. 19, Spring Hill. (352) 232-4241; hernando countyfarmersmarket.webs.com.

Spring Hill Garden Club's Plant Nursery hosts plant sales from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Mondays at 1489 Parker Ave., off Spring Hill Drive (four-tenths of a mile from U.S. 19). Browse or buy local plants and visit the nearby Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, called the "best kept secret in Hernando County," which is open daily from sunup to sundown. (352) 683-9933; naturecoastgardens.com.

Garden Tours

Guided tours of the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, at 1489 Parker Ave. in Spring Hill, off of Spring Hill Drive, are available for groups of five or more people between 9 a.m. and noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The grounds include 23 themed gardens, including the Rose Garden, Asian Garden, Memorial Garden and Butterfly Garden. Tours last approximately one hour and are free, however donations are greatly appreciated. Reservations are required. Call (352) 683-9933.