Volume 1, Newsletter 2 September 2010
"Beyond The Pail" Newsletter

Calling all new beekeepers! If you’ve been thinking about what it takes to have your own bees here’s a great opportunity to learn from the pros how to do it. Join us for a series of fall and winter workshops where Roger Twitchell and his wife Ellyn Hutton of Cainey Branch Farm will explain in depth the steps to becoming a successful beekeeper. You’ll learn everything from where to site your beehives, what equipment you’ll need, how to order your bees and set up your hive to managing them through out the coming year. We’ll spend time in the nurseries bee yard, getting to know the girls (bees) and learning the techniques to manage them.

There will be also be a special class open to all on designing a bee garden. Betsy Smith will teach us which plants are most attractive to bees and how to incorporate them into your landscaping.  

Here’s the layout of the classes and the subjects we’ll cover. Beekeeping class size is limited to up to 20 people and there will be a $5.00 charge for materials. Call the nursery 926-5644 to reserve your spot or email us at justfruits@hotmail.com


September 25th 10:00 to 12:00

A little history never hurts?

Why do I want to do this?

You talking about bees?


October 2nd 10:00 to 11:00

Landscaping for the bees with Betsy Smith

Open to general public


October 9th 10:00 to 12:00

Super, frames, foundation the language of the beekeeper

A year in the bee yard

Keep an eye out for these


November 6th 10:00 to 12:00

Gathering your equipment what are my options?

Assembly or buy it finished

Where are my bees?

Got my bees now what



ABA annual workshop


Bee Gardens

Hardy Hibiscus

Fall Gardens

Attend a Work Shop Have fun and learn too...

Tour the Nursery  See what' growing on...

Listen to Us on the Radio Hear what we sound like...

Vegetable Spotlight Find out what vegetables are available now and what will be coming soon at the nursery...

Get Your Plant Problems Solved Got sick plants we're here to help...

Recycle Your Used Pots  Trade in your pots for plants...

Community Happenings Find out about what's happening..


Good Resources


University of Florida IFAS

Green Food Tallahassee

Ms. Grow-It-All

Tribal News

Hi everyone, It's been a while since we've posted anything "new", but stuff has still been happening here at Just Fruits. We had a great spring and the gardens looked great, even after those brutally cold weeks in January. I know you northern folks had it much worse, but two weeks of 16-20 degree nights isn't what you expect for Florida! The up side was that everything that survived came roaring back for spring. We had the best showing of azalea blooms in 5 years and the blueberry crop was unbelievable.

This summer, Brandy and Ted finally got to take a vacation after 2 years. They went to Belize for two weeks of climbing the ruins and jungles. They said they had a relaxing (?) time and they sure came back full of vim and vigor.

Here at the nursery our field crew, Vicky and Mindy, have done a great job of refreshing the retail area with new pine bark and keeping all those pesky weeds at bay. The growing fields are full of our new crop of trees and ornamentals thanks to these ladies hard work. Beautiful new fig, mulberry, pomegranate, persimmon, pecan, (okay, I'm going to stop 'cause there is way more) trees stretch as far as the eye can see.

We also had some construction going on during the summer. John Gilbert, Ted's brother, rebuilt our long wooden tree stand and it is a thing of beauty. Most folks don't realize it's been done as we kept the same design but we (and the trees) sure love it.

We're looking forward to a great Fall and we hope you'll come on out and see us. There's always something new to see at the Nursery and we'd love to share it with you.

The folks at Just Fruits

Bees Please

The nursery has bees; two hives buzzing with life on a quiet corner of the property.
Since their arrival they have been spotted around the sales area carrying out their role as nature's greatest pollinators.  Of course their work is essential to the production of a great many fruits and local honey is delightful but their role in the infrastructure of life as we know it goes far beyond that.
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Hardy Hibiscus

Every gardener knows that summer in Florida is tough. Even some of our most reliable color plants get lazy during July and August, and just quit blooming. But there is a cure for the summertime garden blahs, when floral effects wilt and pale under seasonal heat.  The search for solutions can begin in our regional marshlands and ditches. Here native swamp mallows can be seen blooming merrily through the summer months. ...Read more

Why wait Til Spring

    Each season that we grow a garden, we can expect three things: to learn something new, make a mistake and harvest food. The fall growing season is upon us and we can begin our next season of learning and discovery. Any whiff of cool air in the morning or evening is a tap on the shoulder, a reminder that our yard-earth is ready for our hands and trowel and the introduction of new flowers and vegetables...Read more
Please let us know what you think!  Send us your ideas for articles, questions, comments, and garden humor.  Just shoot us an e-mail at feedback@justfruitsandexotics.com

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