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What's in Bloom at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates?

Garden Talk ~ Edible Fall Gardens

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 31st

● September 22 9:00 a.m.

     Edison Ford horticultural staff is planting this fall for a winter harvest in the organic vegetable garden, just as Edison’s staff did nearly one hundred years ago. Learn which vegetables thrive and how to grow your own garden at home. Includes tour of the Edison Ford demonstration garden.

     Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5. Participants will receive 20% off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.

 

Enjoy classes, tours and discounts at the Edison Garden Market!!!

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 16th

If you take advantage of all the courses, tours and demonstrations at the Edison Garden Market, it’s like getting a full one-day gardening course for  FREE! Here are some of the special tours and demonstrations scheduled:

Guided tour of the Estates organic vegetable garden
Rooting rose cuttings
Producing new plants by air layering
How to encourage more than one amaryllis bloomspike in the spring
Tips to produce fall and winter amaryllis blooms in 40 days
Basic jar sprouting
Guided tour of the Fort Myers/Lee County Garden Council Botanical Garden
Painting in the garden – watch Megan Kissinger create a new botanical illustration

Several vendors are offering special discounts for early-bird shoppers:

Exotic Hibiscus One free butterfly plant with the purchase of an exotic hibiscus.  Also, the rare exotic hibiscus will be $5 off the internet price. Both deals will only last as long as the supply, so get there early!  Selling unique hibiscus plants and butterfly plants.  Live butterflies on display. 

Calusa Palm Nursery Free one gallon Hispaniola palm, Sabal domingensis, with purchase to first 25 customers on Saturday.  Selling potted palms and heliconias.

Lee County Compostfirst 20 buyers of a 25 lb bag of compost (just $2!) will receive a free set of gardening tools – offered Saturday and Sunday.

Angel Gardens20% off for first 10 buyers on Saturday only.  Selling a variety of roses including Old Garden roses and shade-tolerant roses.

Hunter’s Leaves, Flowers & FeathersA one gallon elephant ear “Pink China” free with $10 purchase to the first 20 customers on Saturday. Selling apple, peach, plum and other fruit trees, jams, jellies, unique garden art, pottery, and butterfly plants.

Rege Malone Horticulture – Saturday: Get 3 one gallon butterfly plants for $10 (normally $4-5 each) to the first 20 customers.  Sunday: 2-for1 special on bromeliads while supplies last.  Normally $10 for one gallon, $25 for three gallon size.  Selling flowering tropicals, bromeliads, edibles, butterfly and garden plants.

Louisiana Iris Nurseryby 5 get 1 free – offered Saturday and Sunday.  Selling irises native to Florida – perfect for rain gardens or irrigated areas of your yard.  Can survive as far north as New York!

Garden Market hours: 9-5 on Saturday, Nov 20, 9-4 on Sunday, Nov 21.  Event is free and with plenty of free parking.

MORE great deals and free goodies at the Edison Garden Market!!!

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 10th

We’ve had a few more Garden Market vendors offer special discounts and free giveaways for Garden Market “early birds” on Nov 20 and 21.

Hunter’s Leaves, Flowers & FeathersA one gallon elephant ear “Pink China” free with $10 purchase to the first 20 customers on Saturday. Selling apple, peach, plum and other fruit trees, jams, jellies, unique garden art, pottery, and butterfly plants.

Rege Malone Horticulture Saturday: Get 3 one gallon butterfly plants for $10 (normally $4-5 each) to the first 20 customers.  Sunday: 2-for1 special on bromeliads while supplies last.  Normally $10 for one gallon, $25 for three gallon size.  Selling flowering tropicals, bromeliads, edibles, butterfly and garden plants.

Calusa Palm Nursery – Free one gallon Hispaniola palm, Sabal domingensis, with purchase to first 25 customers on Saturday.  Selling potted palms and heliconias.

Louisiana Iris Nursery – by 5 get 1 free – offered Saturday and Sunday.  Selling irises native to Florida – perfect for rain gardens or irrigated areas of your yard.  Can survive as far north as New York!

Lee County Compost – first 20 buyers of a 25 lb bag of compost (just $2!) will receive a free set of gardening tools – offered Saturday and Sunday.

Angel Gardens – 20% off for first 10 buyers on Saturday only.  Selling a variety of roses including Old Garden roses and shade-tolerant roses.

Garden Market hours: 9-5 on Saturday, Nov 20, 9-4 on Sunday, Nov 21.  Helpful gardening demonstrations will be held throughout the day.

FREE giveaways at the Edison Garden Market!!!

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 8th

Please join us November 20 and 21, 2010 for the Edison Garden Market. Not only is it a FREE event, but vendors will be giving away products and offering deep discounts.  Here’s the list of the planned specials so far:

 

Calusa Palm Nursery Free one gallon Hispaniola palm, Sabal domingensis, with purchase to first 25 customers on Saturday.  Selling potted palms and heliconias.

Louisiana Iris Nurseryby 5 get 1 free – offered Saturday and Sunday.  Selling irises native to Florida – perfect for rain gardens or irrigated areas of your yard.  Can survive as far north as New York!

Lee County Compostfirst 20 buyers of a 25 lb bag of compost (just $2!) will receive a free set of gardening tools – offered Saturday and Sunday.

Angel Gardens20% off for first 10 buyers on Saturday only.  Selling a variety of roses including Old Garden roses and shade-tolerant roses.

Garden Market hours: 9-5 on Saturday, Nov 20, 9-4 on Sunday, Nov 21.  Helpful gardening demonstrations will be held throughout the day.

Sneak Peek of the Edison Garden Market

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 2nd

Please join us November 20 and 21, 2010 for the Edison Garden Market.  Vendors from all across Florida will be selling plants including orchids, roses, tropical fruit trees, butterfly plants and more.  Artists with garden-related pieces will also be exhibiting and selling their work.  Gardening-related demonstrations will be given each day.  This event is FREE to the public with plenty of parking available.  Here’s a peek at a few of the vendors who will be at the event:

Angel Gardens – selling a variety of roses including Old Garden roses and shade-tolerant roses


Orchids Amore – selling a variety of orchids as well as orchid-growing supplies.

 

 

Lee County Solid Waste Division – selling 2 lb bags of their OrganicLee compost.  Come talk to Lee County employees about their new processing plant and how this high-quality compost is produced.

Keep checking back for more details on additional vendors.  If you would like to be a vendor, please contact Debbie at 239-334-7419.  The Market will be open from 9-5 on Saturday, November 20 and 9-4 on Sunday, November 21.

You Say Tomato, Part II

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 21st

In the September Estates blog post, You Say Tomato, I Say…, I discussed how to start tomato plants.  Already, the tomatoes are sprouting and are big enough to leave the greenhouse flats.  They are now in 4” pots and available for purchase.

Many people don’t realize, but the tomato is actually a fruit.  They are low in fat and packed with fiber, Lycopene, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium, Iron, Calcium, and Folate. 

When you plant the varieties of tomatoes I have chosen for our Florida climate (Bella Rosa, Floralina, Homestead, Florida Basket, Snow White, and Cherokee Purple) there are some techniques you should employ to increase your chance of success:

  • Plant in raised beds, mounds, containers, or buckets with holes drilled for drainage
  • Use the best good draining soil possible
  • Place in full sun
  • Water when the soil is dry
  • Incorporate organic fertilizers
  • Insert a tomato cage

Tomatoes are what you call “heavy feeders,” needing a balanced fertilizer throughout the growing season (September through April). The Estates uses worm castings, sea kelp, fish emulsion, bone meal, and Espoma brand fertilizer on ours.  We spray a soap solution once a week to keep insects at bay, and hand- pick the caterpillars off the leaves. Tom’s Plant Soap is available in the Estates Museum Store.  Other insecticides include neem oil, hot pepper spray, and pyrethroids.  As always read the label directions.  Beware of blossom end rot (caused by a calcium deficiency) and fungal diseases, such as early blight and light blight (soil borne fungi). Copper fungicide is labeled for tomatoes and can help control fungal diseases.

Cultural practices highly affect the outcome of tomatoes.  Hand watering at the root zone or using drip irrigation in the morning hours can help prevent withering.  Wetting the soil roots rather than the foliage decreases the chances of fungal diseases. Put dead leaves and rotting fruit in your regular garbage (you don’t want to risk contaminating your compost). High nitrogen fertilizer should be avoided as well. 

You can purchase Estates sprouted tomato plants, fertilizers, insecticides, and fungicides at the Estates Garden Shoppe, open daily from 9AM-5PM, or at the Downtown Farmers Market on Thursdays from 7AM-2PM.  We will keep you posted on the progress of our tomato plants.