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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Facts & Tips on Growing Lupins

A couple of years ago I decided I wanted to try growing lupins, also known as Lupines.  I figured they must be hard to grow here in Syracuse, New York because we don’t see them in many gardens at all.  I actually had a hard time finding a “ready-to-plant” lupin, but was able to grab one at our local market. I bought one plant to see how it would turn out, and in its first year it wasn’t really what I expected.  The plant only displayed a few blooms that seemed to die out very quickly.  So I decided to hit the internet to find out what I could do to get more out of the plant, and in its second year pictured above and below it’s one of the most attractive spring bloomers I have.  Not only is it beautiful, but I also learned lupins have a few other advantages as well.  So I’ve put together a list of some fun facts about lupins and also some growing tips below.

Facts

  • There are over 200 species of lupins, and they are most diverse in North & South America.
  • Lupins are tap-rooted members of the pea family.
  • The legume seeds of lupins, or lupin beans, were extensively cultivated throughout the Roman Empire, and have been used for food for over 3000 years.
  • Some strains of lupin, such as the yellow bush lupin are considered invasive weeds.
  • There are only a few varieties that are grown in home gardens, most notably the Russell Hybrid Lupine that were developed by a gardener named George Russell.
  • Lupins attract pollinators such as butterflies, and their larva, bees of all types, and hummingbirds.

Tips

  • Lupins can be grown from seed sown straight from the plant, or from old seeds.  Old seeds should be pre-soaked.
  • If you grow “ready-to-plant” lupins the plants should be very young so they can develop a deep tap-root.
  • Lupins don’t like to be moved so be sure to plant them in a permanent spot.
  • If you must divide your lupins do it in the spring.
  • You can take basal cuttings April-May for propagation as an alternative to dividing.
  • Lupins grown in full sun offer the best blooms.
  • They should be grown in well-drained, slightly acidic soil.
  • Fertilize your lupins with a simple all-purpose fertilizer once every two weeks until they flower.
  • You should deadhead spent flowers for longer life, but I am going to let the last spikes go to seed to see if they will spread on their own.
  • You can cut them back after flowering to see if you can get more blooms, but it take a long time, better to cut them back in the fall.
  • Aphids may attack your lupin, so do your best to attract or acquire some ladybugs.
  • Slugs and snails love lupins so be sure to pay close attention and take action if they attack!

So that’s my list of facts and tips, I hope you found the facts interesting and the tips helpful.  Lupins are really easy to grow and offer amazing, colorful spring blooms.  I love attracting pollinators so there’s that benefit as well.  Do you have any additional tips for me?  If so I’d love to hear…

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