Greetings! It has been a while since I updated my website or my Ms. Grow-It-All® Facebook page, but I’m back at it and I’m happy to announce that I have joined the Esposito Garden Center team! It is truly a dream job. I’ll be working Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, helping customers select the right plants for their garden and landscape needs. Got a spot in your yard that you’d like some help with? Bring a photo and we’ll solve it together.

Many of you are telecommuting or otherwise working from home as a precaution during this coronavirus pandemic, or you’re taking time off to spend with your children who are out of school. Now is a great time to get out in the yard and do some sprucing. Start a vegetable garden with your kids. Plant warm weather perennials and annuals. We have a great selection of herbs, vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees. Our gardens are spacious – plenty of room to walk around safely, enjoy this gorgeous weather and get some fresh air.

I’ll get into details about other things I’ll be doing in a future blog post, but right now I want to share some information about the steps being taken at Esposito’s to ensure the health, safety and well-being of customers and employees alike.

  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the store.
  • Carts are being wiped down as they are returned.
  • Restrooms are thoroughly sanitized before the store opens each day, top to bottom, and surfaces are being wiped down frequently throughout the day.
  • Cashiers are wearing gloves.
  • Tape has been placed on the floor throughout the store indicating 6-foot intervals, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends for social distancing. Staff members are politely but diligently reminding customers to practice social distancing.
  • Curbside pickup and delivery are available if you are practicing self-quarantine.
  • The staff is able, willing and ready to assist you, and we can do that while keeping the recommended distance. For the time being, we won’t be shaking hands or hugging, which is a hard habit for some of us to break. But we’re all in this together. If we all follow the recommended protocols, we’ll get through this together.  

There was a man on television news earlier this week wearing a giant doughnut around his waist, something like an oversized pool float that extended three feet all around him. If everyone wore one of those, getting closer than 6 feet wouldn’t be possible. I’m not advocating we all wear giant doughnuts, but it did serve as an effective visual aid as to what constitutes a 6-foot gap.

Come see us at Esposito’s. And if you’re wearing a giant doughnut, it’s OK.


Squirrels are cute little critters, scampering about the yard, chasing each other,

gathering acorns and other nuts to stash them for the winter. They’re also destructive little devils, digging up the bulbs you carefully planted, poking holes in your lawn, chewing the wooden trim on your porch.

A big part of the problem is over-development, which has shrunk the squirrels’ habitat, so you have a lot of them in a small geographic area. We had a real problem for a while in my Tallahassee neighborhood. I stood at my back door one day and counted more than 60 squirrels! Then, a hawk moved in a block away, and nature took its course.
I still have squirrels, just not an infestation. And I try to limit the damage they do: I wrap my bulbs in chicken wire before planting, grouping small and medium bulbs in threes and including only one large bulb in each wire sack. Position the sprouting end of the bulb so it’s facing one of the open spaces in the wire pattern.
You can also install a squirrel feeder, in the hopes that if they have enough to eat, they won’t cause as much trouble. A gardener can dream.
The talented soul who created the photo-illustration of the Star Wars Squirrels surely was tuned in to the frustrations gardeners sometimes feel, so don’t feel too guilty about chuckling over it.