Plants and markets
• Tasty Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday in the courtyard at New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St. Local organic growers sell seasonal produce and plant-based goods. The library also offers a seed exchange, where 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 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 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. Highway 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 Drive (four-tenths of a mile from U.S. 19). Local plants for sale; people may also visit the nearby Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, the "best-kept secret in Hernando County," which is open daily from sunup to sundown. (352) 683-9933; naturecoastgardens.com.
• Fertilizing to Protect Water Quality, 10:30 a.m. today at Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Overfertilization can adversely impact local springs, estuaries, the aquifer and rivers. Learn when, what kind and how much fertilizer to use to keep your landscape healthy and protect our water resources. For information, call (352) 540-6230 or email [email protected]
• Rain Barrel Workshop, 5:30 p.m. today at Hernando County Extension Office, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. Save water by installing a rain barrel to provide water to plants and vegetables. Rain barrels also protect water bodies by allowing polluted runoff to be filtered through the soil instead of flowing directly to waterways. $65 per person. Participants will take home a 65-gallon rain barrel. Pre-registration is required by calling (352) 540-6230.
• Colorful Container Gardens, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Land O' Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd. Create a cheerful container garden with your favorite plants that will last through winter. Join for ideas and demonstration. Register online for the free seminar at pasco.ifas.ufl.edu. For information, call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.
• 10 Important Landscape Design Rules, 10:30 a.m. Nov. 14 at West Hernando Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Brooksville. Participants will be introduced to components of landscaping in a Florida-friendly way. It will cover soil type, topography, existing vegetation and more. Call (352) 540-6230 or email [email protected]
To submit garden calendar events, contact Arleen Spenceley at [email protected]