Overwintering Geraniums Redux

I originally wrote this post a couple of Autmuns ago, but it's just one of those posts that I think deserves a yearly redux. Last year I added about six geraniums to my overwinting project, and all six did great and will be overwintered once again this year.  Not only does overwintering save your geraniums from the compost heap, but it saves you money as well! 

So if you have geraniums that you just can't bear to compost, take a look at the options I've outlined below for overwintering, and I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

Option #1

Dig your geraniums just before a frost shake all the soil from the roots, and hang them in a dry location where the temperature will remain in the 40s or low 50s. Once every month you should soak the roots for about an hour or so to prevent them from completely drying and dying. All the leaves will die but the stem will remain thick, and healthy. In the spring plant the geraniums in pots and remove any dead stems. I also suggest feeding the plant right away with Authentic Haven Natural Brew for a nice boost, which can be found at http://www.manuretea.com.

Option #2

If your geranium is located in a flowerpot like mine is, bring it inside and don't water it. Store it in the same environment you would an uprooted plant. Check on the plants occasionally, and add a little water to the soil once in a while to keep them barely alive. Next spring, remove the dead areas and begin watering, again I suggest Authentic Haven Natural Brew for a nice boost, which can be found at http://www.manuretea.com. Place them in a sunny window, and voilà!

This is the geranium I used "option #2" on last year.  I'll be using "option #1" this year since I have so many, and so little space.

Option #3

First, cut the top 4-6 inches off each branch. Remove and discard any flower stalks, even if they have buds on them. Next, take off all the leaves on the bottom 2-3 inches of the stem, and dip the cutting into rooting hormone powder or liquid.  Finally, Place the stem in sand or perlite, add water, and place it/them in a sunny window.  Once the roots start to develop, you can either pot them inside or wait until spring to plant them outside.

Many of your other favorite outdoor potted plants can be saved through the winter in the same ways.  However, the proper research should be conducted for the best results.  As I said I think the methods above are going to be most successful for my geraniums, and if you have your own favorite geraniums I would recommend trying at least one.

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The Perfect Garden Hose Fall Trade Show Schedule

  

It's trade show time again, and The Perfect Garden Hose will attending two.  This fall we be attending the True Value fall reunion in Denver, CO & the Do it Best fall show in Indianapolis, IN.  We will be highlighting our new POP display box for The Perfect Garden Hose, as well as new products targeting member who have rental programs such as our Eagle Shop Air, Eagle Red Discharge Hose, Eagle Contractors Water hose, and more.  So if you'll be attending either of these shows please stop by and see us, I've included all show information below including our booth numbers!

TRUE VALUE 2014 FALL REUNION

OCTOBER 10-12 2014
FRI 7am to 4pm / SAT 7am to 5pm / SUN 7am to 4pm
COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER
700 14th ST
DENVER, COLORADO
BOOTH# 3663

DO IT BEST FALL MARKET

OCTOBER 18-20 2014
SAT 8am to 5pm / SUN 8am to 5pm / MON 8am to 5pm
INDIANAPOLIS CONVENTION CENTER
100 S CAPITOL AVE

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
BOOTH# 2952

Hope to see you there!!

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Landscaping & Clean-up Tips for Fall

Since it's the first day of fall I thought it would be appropriate for a fall post, even though I'm really not ready to let summer go.  However, I happen love fall in the garden, I use the cooler temps for large projects I've planned and when I clean up I tend to really clean up.  I always feel the more I clean in the fall, the better my gardens look in the spring & summer.  That said I wanted to share a few of my fall landscaping tips, including cleaning up.

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JGB Enterprises Repeats as Top 50 Industrial Distributor

       

JGB Enterprises, Inc. once again made Industrial Distribution's Big 50 moving up one spot to number 49 on the list.  The countdown video of the biggest industrial suppliers by revenue went live on Industrial Distribution Magazine's website last month, and The Perfect Garden Hose is mentioned as contributor to grow in the retail segment.  Watch below as Executive Editor Anna Wells, Editorial Director Jeff Reinke and Contributing Editor Jack Keough run down this year's list of the industrial market's 50 largest global distributors.

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JGB Enterprises Expands Reach

 

JGB Enterprises, makers of The Perfect Garden Hose has opened a new branch in Williston, ND.  JGB Enterprises will operate a 10,000 square foot facility located within the East Broadway Industrial Complex.  JGB Enterprises brings over 35 years of industrial & hydraulic hose, fitting & hose assembly experience to the area.  JGB will service all industrial & hydraulic customers with crimping capabilities from 1/8" up to 12".

JGB is excited to be expanding our reach, and we look forward to serving the Williston location with the hose, fittings, and hose assemblies from trusted brands such as Veyance Technologies/Goodyear, Gates, Kuriyama, Dixon, and more!

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JGB Donates The Perfect Garden Hose to Syracuse SUNY ESF

JGB Enterprises has donated 700 feet of The Perfect Garden Hose to the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse, NY.  The garden hoses will be used in the state-of-the-art 8000 square foot Illick hall rooftop greenhouse facility.  The facility is separated into twelve 500 to 900 square foot compartments which will be used as research space for many projects including bioremediation of contaminated soils, management of invasive insects, and the propagation and reintroduction of American chestnut to eastern US forests.  The Illick Hall facility will also include six interconnected compartments that will house the school's teaching plants which include one of the largest collections of cacti and succulents in the Northeast, dozens of Orchids, coffee trees that produce beans, and banana plants that yield bananas!

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Quick List of August Garden Chores & Tips

I am so busy in my gardens it’s been really difficult to sit down and write for The Perfect Garden Hose blog page.  I’ve planned some relatively large projects coming this month including adding a garden, and removing one as well.  Since I’m going to be getting even busier, I’ve already created an August to-do list to keep up with my day-to-day chores.  I figured since it’d be a quick and easy post I’d share below.

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Step-by-Step Build your own Fire Pit

Last year my little one and I built our own Fire Pit, I posted it July of 2013 and I decided to re-post it this year since the response was so great.  There’s nothing like a nice fire in the evening hours to wind down these long summer days.  Whether you enjoy a good S’mores, or a glass of wine, the crackling of burning wood is sure to relax.  So I thought I'd re-share my step-by-step on how we built it.

First let me start by saying that there are thousands of ways to build your own fire pit.  The instruction I’ll lay out below just happens to be a fast, easy, and most importantly inexpensive way to do it.  I wanted an old, rustic, “cottagey” look, and I felt this served me the best.  Since the pit has been in place for one year now, there are a couple of things I think I would add and I've mentioned them at the end of the post…

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JGB Enterprises Offers New Perfect Garden Hose Point Of Sale Display

JGB Enterprises now offers a new Point of Sale (POS) or Point of Purchase (POP) display for The Perfect Garden Hose to meet the merchandising and display needs of our retailers.  The display can be sent empty for loading by the retailer, or preloaded with five 100' units, ten 50' units, and ten 25' units. 

JGB General Manager Josh Defino states, "Our aim was to create a display that connects to the gardener who is looking for a solution to the problems associated with their garden hose.  The display highlights the Kink-PROOF, Extra Flexible, & Ultra Lightweight attributes that The Perfect Garden Hose is known for."

                                                               

The New display is made with heavy duty corrugated cardboard to withstand continuous loading and unloading, and is "wrapped" in an image of our unique blue colored garden hose, featuring the popular imagery of the "knot" that's become the face of the product.  We're also in the final stages of offering a "no tear" packaging solution for the product that will be available soon.

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A Video Review of The Perfect Garden Hose

Summer is here, and we all know with summer comes the heat, and a need for a garden hose.  Whether you're watering your lawn, containers & beds, or simply washing that dry summer dust from your vehicle, we all know fighting with the garden hose in that summer heat is just the worst!  That said it might be time for you to get The Perfect Garden Hose

The Perfect Garden Hose is made with a unique polypropylene double helix that makes it the most flexible and only “unkinkable” garden hose.  The outer helix construction allows the hose to come in 30%-50% lighter than the average hose, and also allows for all weather flexibility in temperatures from -20DF to 158DF.  The brass fittings are internally expanded, and are "ribbed", which allows for full flow and high leak resistance.

If you're not convinced yet, check out the video review below…like they say seeing is believing…

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