Water, Water Everywhere

You don’t have to be an ancient mariner to appreciate a good water supply. And now, with the 4-in-1 Solid Brass Faucet Expander (Item #: 94377), you can spread the water wealth around more than ever! This durable four-way faucet splitter lets you do the work of four workers by supplying water to four separate hoses at once for a price that won’t dry out your wallet. At just $8.99, you can’t afford to NOT purchase this garden tool!

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Not only can you connect four hoses to one faucet with this handy item, but you can also use as many at a time as you want thanks to convenient stainless steel valves for each outlet. So whether you’re watering a big field or just a portion, this faucet-splitter gives you the ability to handle it all. Plus, the solid brass construction means the splitter won’t rust regardless of how often it’s used.

“I bought this the other day and had it setup in minutes. It works great! I went back and bought 2 more… Great product.” – by wclang from Arlington Heights, IL

“I’ve used this product frequently for the past 3 months without any problems. It works as advertised.” – by Jon R. from Memphis, TN

Great for the front lawn or the home garden as well as larger scale projects like a park or high school baseball field (or just to separate various tasks), the 4-in-1 Solid Brass Faucet Expander from Harbor Freight gives you the versatility that normal faucets just don’t provide. Easy-to-use and install, this is a great item for any home or landscaping team.

SPOOKTACULAR SOLAR FRIGHT LIGHTS!

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Listen up boys and ghouls, hold on to your mummies and daddies because it’s that terrifying time of the year when phantoms prowl, vampires feed and zombies get another cable TV show! It’s Halloween… AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! To celebrate this ghostly occasion, Harbor Fright has something that will scare the pants off a goblin (provided he’s wearing them)—the Solar Decorative LED Fright Lights (item: 95588)!

This 3-piece decorative light set is the perfect addition to your crabgrass lawn or graveyard! And because the lights are solar with a built-in AA NiCd battery, operation won’t cost you an arm and a leg, so you can sew those parts back onto your creation in the lab! The LED lights turn on paranormally when the sun goes down and the howling moon comes up! The lights change color from blood red to rigor-mortis green to batty blue! And the lights themselves—it’s almost too scary to mention… there’s the beastly butterfly, deathly dragonfly and the most hair-raising one of them all—the HORRIFYING HUMMINGBIRD… AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

And the good news is you won’t have to sell your soul to get them. Just visit one of Harbor Fright’s 500+ haunted stores for a price that’s gruesomely good, that won’t put your wallet six feet under, that—okay, enough wordplay…

Solar Decorative LED Lights – 3 Pc
item: 95588

Haul More for Less with the Steel Mesh Deck Wagon

If you love your Harbor Freight tool cart but wish you had one for the back yard, then we’ve got just the thing to lighten your landscaping load. The Steel Mesh Deck Wagon (SKU#: 60359) does the exact same job as your rolling tool storage but designed for the outdoors! Now, with this open-sided wagon cart from Harbor Freight Tools, you can haul up to 1,000 lbs. of yard materials, tools, fertilizer, or whatever else you need easily. Whether you’re working the farm, seeding a field, or just gardening in the back yard, this convenient deck wagon cart is the ideal outdoor accessory for easy transport of equipment and accessories!

Because this steel wagon is designed with large turf-tread pneumatic tires and a wide wheelbase, it travels easily across grass, dirt, and other terrain without tipping over and spilling whatever you may be carrying. And with a cushion grip on the easy-to-maneuver handle, this wagon handles like a dream. Just load it up and you’re ready to go!

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“I bought one to haul tools, ready mix concrete bags, mixed concrete (in plastic mixing container), axes, shovels… Liked it so much I’m buying one to haul heavy tools, equipment and supplies from my workshop at home to and from the pickup truck and boat. My back is hugely grateful for the relief.” – by jeenious from Northwest Louisiana

“My 10 y.o. son bought this cart for his lawn mowing business. His 22 inch cut mower fits on it. I have welded on a ramp that folds up so he can push the mower right up on it and 2 poles with hooks so he can put the string trimmer on. The wire mesh is great for bungee cording everything down to keep it in place.” – by Chef Marc from Harrisburg, PA

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For any gardening enthusiast, landscaper, or outdoor do-it-yourselfer, this handy Steel Mesh Deck Wagon is not only a back-saver, but a money-saver too. At just $79.99, the cart is a cost-effective addition to your outdoor arsenal and will pay for itself by saving you back strain as well. If you want to double-down on your yardwork comfort, then also take a look at the Rolling Work Seat (SKU#: 91495) too. While the Wagon holds your tools, the Work Seat allows you to sit and work comfortably while keeping strain off your knees in the process. And if you need quick access to a tool, the Work Seat provides a convenient tool tray just under the seat so you won’t have to get up repeatedly to grab one tool.

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With all the saving you’ll be doing on your back, joints, and tool budget, you almost can’t afford to NOT get this ultra-convenient outdoor wagon. Even if you only work outside intermittently, you can definitely benefit from a portable tool carrier like this one.

WHEREFORE ART THOU SOLAR HOUSE ADDRESS NUMBER PLAQUE?

It’s a modern-day romantic tragedy… Romeo Finkleburger was at the county fair when he first met eyes with Juliet Sporkatelli. He was a young and successful pharmaceutical salesman. She was a Ph.D. student is ornamental horticulture and part-time bookkeeper. It was love at first ring toss (that’s where the saying comes from). Romeo won a stuffed chinchilla and gave it to Juliet. She named it “Chrysanthemum” after Saint Chrysanthus, the 3rd century martyr who was also credited with inventing the very first WeedWacker before being buried alive in a deep pit. It was a whirlwind romance. They ate funnel cakes, cotton candy and churros—then split a pack of heart-shaped antacids together. Unbeknownst to the young lovers, the Finkleburger and Sporkatelli families were bitter enemies. And then Juliet’s cousin got into a fight with Romeo’s best friend at the fair and stuck Solar House Address Number Plaquehim with the sharp end of a corndog stick. Before leaving the fair, Romeo asked Juliet for her address and vowed to pick her up at midnight so they could run away together. Juliet whole-heartedly agreed and texted Romeo her address. They kissed good-bye, their passion mingling with the sweet yet greasy slick of funnel cake residue.

The Sporkatelli’s lived a rural part of town with no streetlights. As the midnight hour approached Romeo drove down her street in his Prius with the headlights off so as not to draw attention to himself and wake Mr. and Mrs. Sporkatelli. He strained hard to see the street numbers on the houses. Juliet waited in her livingroom peaking out through the curtains waiting for Romeo to arrive. Her heart skipped a beat as she made out the faint silhouette of the approaching hybrid vehicle. From Romeo’s vantage point, he couldn’t see squat. Not being able to see the address, he drove right past Juliet’s home, then through a construction barrier and down a 100-ft. cliff into the wash. Romeo and his Prius were never seen again.

Too bad the Sporkatelli’s didn’t have the Solar House Address Number Plaque from Harbor Freight Tools! The handsome copper-finished solar address sign automatically charges in the sun then lights up super-bright LEDs all night to illuminate your house address. The solar address sign comes with numbers and spaces for a five-digit address and requires no installation or wiring. It also includes a wall bracket mount. While the Solar House Address Number Plaque may not insure that you and the love of your life will live happily ever after, it will guarantee the second greatest joy in life – not having to replace batteries while illuminating your home’s address.

Unique Item: Solar Mole Chaser

The greatest advancement in cosmetic skin care since Botox!

Forget painful laser treatments, agonizing acid peels, liquid nitrogen burns or electro-shocks.  Now you can rid yourself of unsightly moles harnessing the power of the sun! You’ll make more friends, date again and become an international model. Thank you, Solar Mole Chaser from Harbor Freight Tools! Wait a minute, sorry. Wrong Solar Mole Chaser.

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Let’s start again… Solar Mole Chaser – the greatest advancement in pest control since dynamite! Forget sadistic incineration, punishing poison, drowning or Machiavellian usurping. Now you can rid your garden or lawn of moles, gophers and other ground-dwelling rodents harnessing the power of the sun! The rodent repeller emits a sonic tone every 30 seconds that is abhorrent to rodents. Scientists working at an independent lab in Noank, Connecticut have discovered that the sound is equivalent to the human sound of Britneys Spears’ latest Las Vegas show. Most rodents flee out of sheer terror. Others succumb to spontaneous combustion.

A single Solar Mole Chaser covers 6,000 square feet. No electricity is needed! Thanks to its solar battery, the device remains charged so it continues working day and night. And just think, with a rodent-free garden you’ll make more friends, date again and become an international model.

Thank you, Solar Mole Chaser from Harbor Freight Tools!

Cool Ideas for Shade in the Summer

With the summer months come higher temperatures and, humid or not, it can be hard to enjoy spending time outdoors when the heat turns up and the sun is right overhead.  Also, if you plan on having a BBQ, a family gathering, or anything outdoors, you want to make sure that your guests have some shade to escape to when it gets too hot.  It’s times like these that a canopy from Harbor Freight Tools can be a life saver!

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For instant shade pretty much anywhere, nothing beats the portability and convenience of a Pop-Up Canopy.  Canopies are easy to place and provide cool places to relax or to keep food during an event.  They also make setting up a yard sale or bake sale easier than ever!  And the best part is that they can be taken down just as quickly too. Then just store them away until they’re needed again.  The pop-up canopies are available in white, blue and green covers that resist moisture and fungus to stay durable and sturdy.  But, in the words of Levar Burton from Reading Rainbow, “you don’t have to take my word for it.”

“Bought this in store last year for tailgating, and have used it many, many times since. I’ve left it up in my backyard for a few weeks, and it stayed put with appropriate anchoring through some light wind and inclement weather. It folds down and fits in the storage bag, which has wheels, very easily with two people.” – TheGremlyn from San Diego, Ca

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Or, if you want to get fancy, check out the Quick Clamp Canopy.  If you have a picnic table up to 10 feet long, you can make a simple upgrade just by attaching this innovative canopy to it!  And as the sun moves, you can tilt the canopy to the perfect position so you’ve always got it made in the shade.   Coming in at $99.99, it’s an easy and affordable addition to your picnic table that will provide countless days of pleasant shade on those sunny days.

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While you’re at it, you might want to pick up some canopy related accessories.  There are a few anchor options like the Earth Anchor Canopy Set for $18.99 or the Easy Hook Anchor Canopy Set for $19.99.  Another helpful item to consider is the Canopy Rolling Storage Bag for just $34.99.  This is especially useful for anyone using their canopy at multiple locations but is also just a great place to store your canopy when it’s not in use.  And, with three conveniently-placed wheels, you’ll save a little extra work by not having to lug the canopy all over the place.

The 10’ x 10 ft. canopies run between $69.99 and $219.99 so there’s something to fit any budget.  And for larger get togethers or events, the 10’ x 20 ft’ pop-up canopy is $299.99, and that’s for 200 square feet of coverage!  You’ll want to have lots of memories from the summer but don’t let a sunburn be one of them!  Pick up a Harbor Freight Pop-Up Canopy and keep cool and covered during any time of the year.

It’s Water a Flower Day!

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I was walking our dog, Archibald Cortez, this morning and, of course, the neighborhood ladies were out in force, speed walking and jogging on the paseos. At one point, when AC paused, having found some territory to mark, I spotted a woman, who was speed-pushing a stroller and sipping on a water bottle,  stop and pour some water on a lone flower that was residing away from the others. She saw me looking and smiled.

“Happy Water a Flower Day!” she said brightly. I think I muttered, “Yeah, you too,” and she was off.

I thought she was just joking around, but after I got home I Googled it and, sure enough, today is Water a Flower Day (it’s also National Mint Julep Day. Mint juleps were selling for $1,000 apiece at the Kentucky Derby on May 3, but I opted instead for National Have A Coke Day on May 8 ’cause Circle K sells the 44-oz-ers for 89 cents… yeah, I’m that cheap).

We live in the high desert area, so summers are brutal on our flowers and we have to be extra-vigilant keeping them hydrated. And, unfortunately, summer came early this year, so it’s off to Harbor Freight to pick up a few items to help us out:

 

The seeper hose can be one of your best friends in the garden. It’s the ideal way to irrigate. It kind of reminds me of a battery float charger. The One Stop Gardens 50 Ft. 3/4″ Flat Seeper Soaker Hose lays flat on the the ground and “weeps” water for maximum irrigation by soaking the roots directly, so it won’t damage plants. Designed with a heavy-duty woven nylon sleeve for ultimate durability, this tough “trickler” features a standard 3/4″ thread that attaches to most outdoor faucet connections. It’s especially a great asset if you live in an area with tight water restrictions. Harbor Freight price, just $9.99!

For potted plants and other areas where the seeper soaker doesn’t help, one of those nozzle things is really handy. Harbor Freight’s got a number of them, but for now, let me talk about three of them:

One Stop Gardens has an extremely versatile Six Pattern Trigger Spray Nozzle that will pretty much cover all your lawn & garden watering applications– and more! Clean your car, water your plants or give your pets a bath with this all-purpose water trigger (Archibald Cortez sure digs it… OK, he tolerates it). The spray nozzle features jet, flat spray, shower, angle spray, mist and soaker patterns to handle a wide range of watering, washing and cleaning jobs. The nozzle is constructed of durable zinc and polypropylene and will deliver many-a-summer of service. Now just $4.99.

One Stop Gardens Super Deluxe Hoze NozzleA whole different approach to aquatic distribution is the One Stop Gardens Super Deluxe Hose Nozzle, a testosterone-injected weapon of mass-hydration. It lets you easily adjust the right amount of pressure and spray needed for whatever task you’ve got in front of you, be it the rose garden or the rain gutters. The nozzle fits any garden-variety garden hose and adjusts from a powerful jet stream to blast away dirt and debris, to a soft, cascading spray for watering your plants. Made of solid brass, this hose nozzle won’t break and features a rubberized coating that won’t scratch the car if you’re using it to wash it. A real deal at $7.99!

brass nozzleIt might be a little Old School, but you can’t take away the coolness of the classic Brass Garden Hose Nozzle. This 4″  brass nozzle fits any standard garden hose to make watering the flowers or hosing down rugrats easier than ever! With just a subtle twist, you can change the spray patterns from a powerful stream to a soft mist for watering flowers and plants. A great addition to the garden at just $2.99!

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I know what you’re thinking. All this flower watering, but only one spicket, right? Well, Harbor Freight’s got you covered there as well. Check out the One Stop Gardens 4-in-1 Brass Faucet Expander, a nifty four-way faucet splitter that allows you to connect four hoses to one faucet. Made of tough, durable brass, the faucet expander comes with a nice, big grip to attach to the faucet and features individual stainless steel valves for each hose that can be controlled independently! Only $9.99.

These and other really helpful garden tools and accessories can be found your local Harbor Freight Tools, and at www.harborfreight.com. And don’t forget your 20% Off Coupon for even greater savings!

In the meantime, take some time and stroll the neighborhood; chances are you’ll spot a lone flower looking for a little water and some love.

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Building the Ultimate Greenhouse

Congratulations on purchasing your new One Stop Gardens 10’ x 12’ Greenhouse!  Growing vegetables, cultivating flowers or starting your botany experiment is now close at hand but did you know that you can get even more out of your greenhouse with some extra time, materials and patience?  I recently came across a great article that highlights a few ways to expand your greenhouse in ways that you might not otherwise think of at http://hfgh10x12.blogspot.com/2007/08/this-is-greenhouse-we-bought-link-it.html.  Let’s take a look at how you can take your greenhouse to the next level with just a few adjustments.

The greenhouse kit comes with a steel base that you would generally just place on the ground.  The author of this article explains how to add some extra stability to your greenhouse in order to resist any weather conditions you may encounter like strong winds and heavy rain.  “The popular solution is to build a wooden foundation, anchor it into the ground somehow, and mount the steel base on top,” she says.  “Everyone finds their own way to do this, but most use at least 4 x 4 sized timbers for the base.”

 

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You’ll also want to add a couple of diagonal beams at each corner before mounting the greenhouse base itself.  With your greenhouse secured to a foundation, you can keep the base square and tight for years to come.  And once you’ve got the steel base mounted to the wooden foundation, just apply some clear silicone caulk between the wood and the base to keep rain water from seeping in.  In order to maintain the integrity of you greenhouse, you’ll need to plan for all types of unforeseen weather and environmental conditions.  You can choose from a few different caulks on Harbor Freight’s website too, from Painter’s Acrylic Latex Caulk to Acrylic Latex Caulk plus Silicone.

Now you’re ready to start putting up the walls of your greenhouse.  The article has a little tip to keep your frame and posts straight during construction as well.  “As you put the corner posts up, temporarily attach the [included] diagonal braces for stability.”  You’ll have to remove them before moving on to the next step but this way you can work with a bit more peace of mind and keep the aluminum frame straight and accurate until you add the vertical wall studs.  It’s a good idea to check that the base is still square before moving on and make any necessary adjustments.  It’s much easier to make minor adjustments as you go rather than a big one later.

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Once you’ve got the greenhouse frame constructed, there are a few things you can do to upgrade it for stability in windier areas.  The article advises to add horizontal braces at the tops of the walls to prevent the side walls from pulling away from each other.  You can do the same for the front and back walls.  Just attach a solid piece of material all the way across each wall to reinforce the structure and keep the elements from potentially warping the frame.  The author explains how you can also keep the steel base from flexing:  “This can be done by bolting small plates of some type to the top and bottom lip of the base at regular intervals, or by covering the inside of the base entirely with wood that’s also attached to the top and bottom lip of the base.”

 

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It’s also easy at this point to add insulation to your frame, she continues.  “We used ¾” thick expanded polystyrene (styrofoam) insulation, cut into strips about 4 ¼” wide. We also stuffed some foam sill insulation in there first to remove as many air pockets as possible.”  You can protect that insulation and further reinforce the base by attaching boards with screws to the top and bottom lips of the base.  As the author says, “Now the base is insulated and stiffened by the attached board…and it looks a little dressier, too.”

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Well, at this point, you’ve got yourself an extra strong frame of a greenhouse and you’re ready to move on to inserting the panels.  The author of the article sealed the ends of each panel with aluminum tape to help keep dirt, condensation and bugs out.  “I bought one roll of 1 ½” wide aluminum tape (not duct tape) and cut it into thirds, so I only have a small taped rim visible on the panels.  On the bottom edge, it’s apparently good to have small holes in the tape to allow moisture to escape. You can buy special breathable tape from greenhouse supply websites for this purpose, but others have mentioned using a large pin to poke holes in the tape in each chamber on the bottom edge of each panel.”

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How about weather stripping?  Well, the author has a suggestion for that as well.  “Instead of caulk, I used 3/16” thick closed cell foam weather stripping in each panel opening. Closed cell foam is waterproof so rain can’t soak in.”  The larger gaps on the tops and bottoms of each panel are also mentioned.  “I found some packages of ¾” wide weather stripping.  I used that, cutting each strip in half with scissors, so it was 3/8” wide. It worked fine and turned out to be a soft gray color that was hardly visible under the panels after installation.”

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Okay!  So now that you’ve gotten your greenhouse constructed and ready to withstand those heavy winds, you’re ready to add even more awesomeness!  That’s right, there’s still more you can do to enhance the greenhouse to make it more attractive and convenient.  The author added long benches to each side of her greenhouse along with several peninsula-style benches.  “Each long side bench is supported by two pressure-treated 4x4s, buried 24″ deep and set in concrete.  [Then] two horizontal Douglas Fir 4×4’s were clamped to either side of the two pressure treated posts. The horizontal 4×4’s were attached by using a 12″ long 3/8″ drill bit to drill a hole through all three 4×4’s. A length of 3/8″ all-threads rod was inserted in the hole and capped on each end with a washer and nut.”  This addition will provide plenty of shelving space plus ample free space underneath for tools, equipment and supplies.

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If you want to get really fancy, the author even added a sink to her greenhouse and explains how it can be used for added benefit.  “The sink drain isn’t connected to our house plumbing. It drains into a gravel pit we dug in the floor, and the soil beneath the gravel is the coarse sand of our yard. Another option for the future would be to route the drain water through the wall of the greenhouse and outdoors to water a planting bed.”

Still want more enhancements to your bodacious greenhouse?  The author of this article really decked hers out to include some pretty cool additions to improve functionality.  She added electrical outlets with plastic covers to keep out moisture, Aluminet shade cloth screen panels to keep temperatures down and even an exhaust fan as a way to let air out.  These are obviously more advanced enhancements but the possibilities are there for those willing to put in some extra work.  And for those hoping to use their greenhouse continuously, they can be a real help, as the author states, “Without this fan I wouldn’t be able to keep plants in the greenhouse year round…our summers would be far too hot. With this fan in place, as well as some additional small fans for HAF (Horizontal Air Flow) and generous amounts of shade cloth, I’ll have a fighting chance.”

As you can see, getting your Harbor Freight greenhouse built is only the beginning of your journey and you’re limited only by your imagination!  I don’t know about you but I would love to have benches, a sink, air conditioning and weather stripping in my little home garden.  For anyone who wants to get serious about their plants and flowers without spending serious money, this is the way to do it.

Start Seeding In Your Greenhouse!

Ah, Spring– I love it! It means I get to stoke up the barbecue, tinker outside, go to the range, wear my camo cargo shorts on weekends. The wife loves it ’cause she can get me to shovel bull manure (I wish that was a metaphor, folks).

Seriously, she loves her gardening, so that’s why I’m getting her a One Stop Gardens 10′ x 12′ Greenhouse for her birthday. At first I didn’t see the point of  a greenhouse. I mean, we live in California, right? Swimming pools, movie stars, oranges the size of heads. But then she (kinda) patiently explained it to me, and I, of course (kinda) patiently listened… the greenhouse is an awesome addition to the home for a number of reasons:

  1. Germination – The greenhouse absorbs the sun and has a warmer environment. You can control the temperature during cold weather months and start seeding herbs, veggies, fruit, etc., much earlier. And, when it gets hot outside, put a tarp over it to keep the temp down.
  2. Control bugs, birds, etc. – The bugs start coming out in March, and they go right for the seeds. So do the birds. Greenfly, whitefly and red spider mites are particularly pesty. With a greenhouse, you can keep them out.
  3. Extending your growing season – Whatever part of the country you’re in, you can squeeze out at least a few more months of gardening with your greenhouse– and in some parts (like California) you can do it year-round! Also, during mild and warmer months, your plant life will grow faster in the controlled environment.
  4. Grow plants and foods you otherwise can’t – With your own greenhouse, growing bananas or other tropical plants and fruits is suddenly an option!
  5. Hours of additional “green thumb therapy” – For those who find joy and peace dwelling in the dirt.

So, I guess having a greenhouse makes sense.  And if I get it before the end of March, I can have it for the low price of $549.99 online with this coupon! Just click on the image and, at the checkout, punch in code “40956090” for this great price!

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The wife also told me to pick up the…

Drip Irrigation Kit

Watering Cones

 

and 2-Gallon Tank Sprayer.

You ask me, she’s pushing it. Oh, OK… I’m turning it over to the missus now ’cause she has some Spring gardening tips to add and apparently I’m incapable of doing it myself:

Hello, everyone, and Happy Spring! March is the beginning of spring gardening, so this is the perfect time to get moving. Most bedding and potted plants grow pretty well in the One Stop Gardens 10′ x 12′ Greenhouse. Some seeds like tomato, melon, and cucumber need extra warmth, while others such as antirrhinum, lobelia, and petunia don’t. If you have seedlings from last year, now is the time to transplant them into to bigger pots, and established plants will start growing faster, so watering’s going to be needed on a more regular basis. Start feeding the growing plants liquid fertilizer (don’t overfeed young plants), preferably with a higher percentage of nitrogen to phosphate, and potash for leaf growth. Flowering plants also need a fertilizer that’s high in potash. This will increase flowering as opposed to leaf growth.

STARTING YOUR SEEDS

1. Do not open the seed packet until you are ready to plant.
2. Use a container with drainage. Avoid wooden trays as they accommodate disease organisms. Plastic is your best option.
3. Fill your container with compost or place directly in growing medium. The surface should be about 1″ below the top of the container. The surface should be moist but not wet; sprinkle it with water the day before sowing. Scatter the seeds thinly over the surface (or larger seeds can be planted in rows).
4. Seeds should be covered with planting material according to the directions on your seed packet (usually you will leave the finer seeds uncovered). Gently firm the soil surface. Most, but not all, seeds need darkness to germinate. Cover your seeds with either a black plastic bag or a brown paper bag and place in your greenhouse for warmth. This excludes the seeds that need light to germinate such as Begonia, Mimulus and Alyssum.
5. Most seeds need to maintain a temperature between 65-70F degrees, but you should germinate the seed at a temperature 10 degrees higher than the recommended temperature for growing the plant.
6. Once the seedlings break through the surface, remove the brown paper bag or black plastic, but then you may want to cover it with a piece of clear plastic for extra warmth and moisture. Never let the compost or planting medium dry out; use a fine mist to keep it watered.
7. Once the first set of true leaves has opened, transplant the seedlings to trays or small pots with multipurpose compost (set the seedlings so the leaves are just above the soil surface). Handle the plants by the leaves, never the stems. Set the seedlings 1-1 1/2″ apart and water as necessary, keeping the temperatures between 50-55F degrees.
8. Seedlings that will be going outside must be hardened off to prepare them for the garden. You should move them to the coldest part of the greenhouse and then to a cold frame. Also, set the plants outside during the day for a few days before planting them in the garden.

For more great deals on Gardening Supplies, visit Harbor Freight Tools today!

Daylight Savings Solar Ideas for the Yard, Garden & Patio

 Not a big fan of Daylight Savings Time, not by a fur piece. It’s bad enough The Man wants to take away everything else from us, but a whole friggin’ hour? You ask me, it’s time to draw the line in the sand. We may have lost that hour, but we can damn well get it back– and then some!…

…with quality, affordable outdoor solar lighting products from Harbor Freight. In an earlier installment, I talked about  the always-popular Decorative 3-Piece Solar Light Set , the garden-pleasing 4-pc. Solar Light Set, the path-illuminating 10-piece Stainless Steel Solar Light Set and the motion-activated 36 LED Solar Security Light. This time I wanted to pass along a few other solar gizmos that work great to enhance your property:

Perfect for decorating your patio, deck, backyard tree trunks, balcony pillars, porch or stair railing, awning, garden fountain, boat, campsite, or as a foot light for the base of your spa or in-ground pool– the Solar Rope Light from One Stop Gardens concocts an attractive, low-cost ambience for your property! Each 22-ft. rope light includes 50 soft, long-life LED lamps, creating a warm, pleasing accent while providing practical illumination. The solar rope light fully charges with 6-8 hours of daylight and automatically turns on at dusk, providing up to 8 hours of light. It also comes with a ground spike and mounting hardware. At $9.99 per rope, it would behoove you to get a bunch of them.

For a more dramatic lighting effect, consider the easy-to-install One Stop Gardens 2-pc. Solar Spotlight Set– smart-looking, bright, and there’s no wiring involved! Each solar spotlight has 3 LED lamps and a weatherproof solar panel that charges during the day. These are great for highlighting gardens, landscaping, driveways, steps, front or back of the house, flags, fountains or other water features, and more. They can be mounted on the wall or staked into the ground and are fully adjustable for precise effect. Each 2-pack sell for a low $14.99!

Go to sleep every night draped with the image of Old Glory, proudly alit, waving as a sentry outside your home. The Solar LED Flagpole Light is ideal for lighting your flag or brightening up the exterior of your house. The light hasf 3 bright LEDs that automatically turn on when the sun sets, after charging up during the day. It’s is fully adjustable to any angle to shine the light down,providing up to 8 hours of light. Priced just right at $19.99.

And don’t forget– there are even BIGGER savings when you use the Harbor Freight 20% Off Coupon!