Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Pasco County garden notes

Plants and markets

Longleaf Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday in downtown Longleaf, off Starkey Boulevard and State Road 54, New Port Richey.

Fresh Market at Wiregrass, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first 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. For information visit tampabaymarkets.com.

The Market, featuring plants and other gardening goods, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every other Saturday at West Pasco Habitat for Humanity, 4131 Madison St., New Port Richey. For information call (727) 859-9038 or search for West Pasco Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Facebook.

Baker House plant sale and open house, 9 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of the month, October through May. The historic Baker House is at 5744 Moog Road, behind Centennial Park Branch Library. Plants for sale by Elfers Centennial Garden Club. For information, call (727) 372-9954.

Hernando County Farmers Market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at 2450 U.S. 19, Spring Hill.

Spring Hill Garden Club's Plant Nursery is open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Mondays at 1489 Parker Ave., off Spring Hill Drive (near U.S. 19). Local plants for sale; people may also visit the nearby Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, the "best kept secret in Hernando County." The garden club will hold its Fall Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5-6 at the nursery. Plants that grow well in this area will be offered at reasonable prices. Knowledgeable individuals will be on hand to assist customers in purchasing the right plant for the right location. For information call (352) 683-9933 or visit naturecoastgardens.com.

Sweetwater Sunday Market is from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, Hanley Road and Comanche Avenue, Tampa. Includes native plants, fresh organic produce and products from green vendors and artisans. Live music from 1 to 3 p.m.; open mic from noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.

Seminars

Hydroponics Class, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at East Hernando Library Branch, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor; 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Spring Hill Library Branch, 9220 Spring Hill Drive; and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at West Hernando Library Branch, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Learn how to build a hydroponic garden. Participants must pre-register. Contact Stacy Strickland, director of Hernando County Extension Services, at (352) 754-4433.

Vegetable Gardening, 10-11 a.m. Sept. 22 at Home Depot, 10017 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Now's the time to plant a fall/winter vegetable garden. An experienced Pasco Extension master gardener will share tips for a successful garden and planting schedule for the coming months. This free seminar will include a fall harvest vegetable raffle giveaway. For information, call the Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.

Selecting the Right Plant for the Right Place, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 26 at Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. For information, contact horticulture agent Jim Moll at Hernando County Extension Services, (352) 754-4433.

Gardening with Hydroponics, 6:30-7:40 p.m. Oct. 2 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, off Fivay Road, Hudson. Learn how to grow vegetables, herbs and other plants using nutrient solutions without soil at this free Pasco Extension Seminar. The event will be taught by a local master gardener. For information, call the Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.

Garden Clubs

• The Land O'Lakes Garden Club will open its fall season at 10 a.m. Sept. 4 at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. (U.S. 41). Members are asked to bring a flower, photographs of their summer vacation and a donation of canned goods, paper products or nonperishable items for Christian Social Services. Visitors are welcome. For information, call Marie Woody at (813) 961-2697.

• The Dade City Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the third Monday of January, March, September and November at the club, 13630 Fifth St. (352) 521-6886.

• The Elfers Centennial Garden Club meets at 6:45 p.m. the first Monday of the month from October to June at the Colonial Hills Civic Center, 3825 Prime Place, New Port Richey. No meeting in December. (727) 372-9954 or (727) 849-8034.

• The Hibiscus Circle meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month from September through May at the Dade City Garden Club, 13630 Fifth St. (352) 521-6886.

• The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. (U.S. 41). For information, call (727) 849-2335 or visit pasconative plants.org.

• The New Port Richey Garden Club meets at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month from September to May at the Jasmine Lakes Community Center, 7137 Jasmine Blvd. Call (727) 863-8881.

• The Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz meets at 9:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month from September through June at the Lutz Community Center, 98 First Ave. NW. Refreshments followed by a presentation. (813) 949-1940.

Get your CowPots

In an agreement with Ecology Florida, Market Off Main now stocks CowPots, organic starter pots made from 100 percent composted cow manure. These pots are designed to work like instant organic fertilizer for young plants, and they break down quickly in the ground. Unlike most other organic pots, CowPots are not made of peat, a product that requires energy intensive mining procedures. Market Off Main, 6241 Lincoln St. in New Port Richey, is the only store in west Pasco, and only one of three in the state, listed as a CowPots retailer on the company's website, cowpots.com. CowPots cost $5 for a 12-pack of 3-inch pots or $6 for a 12-pack of 4-inch pots.

Get your CowPots

In a cooperative agreement with Ecology Florida, Market Off Main, 6241 Lincoln St. in New Port Richey, now stocks CowPots, organic starter pots made from 100 percent composted cow manure. These pots are designed to work like instant organic fertilizer for young plants, and they break down quickly in the ground. Unlike most other organic pots, CowPots are not made of peat, a product that requires energy intensive mining procedures. Market Off Main is the only store in west Pasco, and only one of three in the state, listed as a CowPots retailer on the company's website, www.cowpots.com. CowPots cost $5 for a 12-pack of 3-inch pots, or $6 for a 12-pack of 4-inch pots.

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