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Pasco County gardening news and notes

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Plants and markets

Tasty Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday in the courtyard at New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main Street. Local organic growers sell seasonal produce and plant-based goods. (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 includes 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 farmer's market featuring local in-season produce, candles and locally made products from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 4131 Madison St., New Port Richey. The co-op also accepts orders for fresh, locally grown, chemical-free produce. Register at suncoastco-op.com to place your order; orders may be picked up during the market, between noon and 2 p.m. (727) 271-2754.

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

Spring Hill Garden Club's Plant Nursery is open for plant sales from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Mondays at 1489 Parker Ave., off Spring Hill D rive (four-tenths of a mile from U.S. 19). Local plants for sale; people may also visit the nearby Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, open daily from sunup to sundown. (352) 683-9933; naturecoastgardens.com.

Events

Plant sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds greenhouse, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. Bring your trucks and wagons to the Pasco Cooperative Extension 12th annual Master Gardener Plant Sale features native plants, trees, annuals and perennials, and a wide range of plants, bushes and vegetables. New to this year's sale will be roses, herbs and orchids from local venders. There will be free lemonade, educational literature, a tag sale, a silent auction and kids' activities. Service animals only. (352) 518-0156; pasco.ifas.ufl.edu.

Scarecrows in the Garden, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. Visitors can vote for their favorite scarecrows, which will be on display throughout the gardens ($1 per vote). Country music singer George Marshall will entertain. Children's activities include pumpkin painting ($1 per pumpkin), games, face painting and scavenger hunt, and can also have their picture taken with a live scarecrow. Display and voting continues through Nov. 15. This is a fundraiser for the landmark Spring Hill waterfall. Held in conjunction with the Spring Hill Garden Club's fall plant sale at the adjacent plant nursery. (352) 683-9933; naturecoastgardens.com.

Seminars

What is Florida-Friendly Landscaping? 10:30 a.m. Sept. 25 at Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. The primary Florida-Friendly Landscaping principle is "right plant, right place," which means choosing plants that use less water, pesticides and fertilizer. Learn how your landscape can be beautiful and healthy by implementing the nine FFL principles. For information, call Sylvia Durell at (352) 540-6230.

Rain Barrel Workshop: Registration is open until Sept. 28 for the workshop taking place at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. The seminar is during the 2013 Pasco Extension Master Gardener Plant Sale, which opens at 9 a.m. Each Pasco County household is eligible to receive one 55-gallon rain barrel for $20 when one member of the household registers and attends the workshop. Make checks payable to Pasco County Extension Program Account. Payment can be made in person or by mail to the Extension Office, 36702 State Road 52, Dade City, 33525. (352) 518-0470.

Hydroponics, 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 28 at Home Depot, 10017 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Discover secrets to success with growing hydroponically. Basic startup equipment and care will be shared. Register online for the free seminar at pasco.ifas.ufl.edu. Call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.

Pasco County gardening news and notes 09/17/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 6:31pm]
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