Five Ways to Beat Back the Winter Blues

Are you experiencing, a lack of motivation, low energy, or even a feeling of slight depression?  If you are, you could be suffering from “the winter blues”.  It’s the last week of January, and the cold and snow has been blowing for here for three months for some of us.  Although we can’t control the weather, there are many things we can do to beat the winter blues.

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The 100′ Perfect Garden Hose Is Now Available In GREEN

With our second big announcement in as many weeks, JGB Enterprises is pleased to announce that the 100’ length of our Perfect Garden Hose will now be available in green.  Over the past two seasons the 100’ length has only been available in our “trademark” blue color.  However, due to the growing popularity of the green color, along with an abundance of customer requests, we’ve decided to include the green 100’ unit to our offering. 

We’re extremely excited about the expansion of our kink-free, extra flexible, & ultra-lightweight line of garden hoses.  This marks the first expansion of The Perfect Garden Hose, and with the success we’ve seen over the past two seasons it’s a good bet we’ll expand the line further.  Stay connected with us on You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, & Google+ for more news!!

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The Perfect Garden Hose Announces New Fitting Design

Our culture of “continuous improvement” at JGB Enterprises enables us to supply our customers the highest quality in hose, fittings, and hose assemblies.  The Perfect Garden Hose is no stranger to JGB’s process of continuous improvement.  Since its introduction in 2011, The Perfect Garden Hose has experienced many improvements, and our most current improvement has us very excited.  Our engineers have come up with an excellent new ferrule design.  The fitting is still internally expanded to provide full flow, and the ferrule still locks into the fitting upon expansion, but the ferrule is now ribbed.  The ribbed design allows for the ferrule to “grab” onto the outer helix that makes The Perfect Garden Hose kink-proof, extra flexible, and ultra-lightweight.  We feel that the ribbed ferrule design will offer a greater resistance to end pull-offs, as well as leaks.   You can visit our webpage here to view more technical data, and when you’re convinced The Perfect Garden Hose is for you, visit our “where-to-buy” page and be on your way to kink-free, extra flexible, & ultra-lightweight goodness!

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Five 2014 Gardening Resolutions

A new year is upon on which also brings a new season of gardening! Spring will be here before we know it, and I always try to greet the new season with just a few of what I like to call gardening resolutions.  I like to keep the list short, five or less, because like any other New Year resolutions they can be tough to follow through with.  I’m still a bit of a novice when it comes to gardening, so my resolutions may seem a bit simple, but I it never hurts to revisit the basics. So without further adieu, my list of 5 gardening resolutions…

5. Start the Season with Clean, Sharp Tools

I’ve had my gardens now for 2 years (since I’ve moved back from Manhattan) and I never start the spring with clean, sharp tools.  I waste the good part of a spring weekend cleaning, oiling, and sharpening my gardening tools.  Not this year, I didn’t pack my tools away in the back of the shed as usual, this year I kept them in the front and I’m already almost done.

4. Add More Kitchen Scraps to My Compost Pile

You would think that this would be a very easy resolution, but it’s not!  This one was on my list last year, and I think it lasted maybe two months.  The truth is my wife and I always forget.  I put a bin for organic “compostable” material right alongside our recycling bins, and it always came up empty.  Not this year, I’m going to make it my mission to fill that bin every week.

3. Try a New Garden Center

I work very close to the garden center I currently use.  This center has just about anything you can ask for, BUT they are super expensive.  Every time I walk out of there I feel like I’ve over paid.  So this year I’ll be seeking out a new garden center.  I like to stick with one location, and one associate at that location so that when I need help or advice they know exactly what’s going on in my gardens.

2. Harvest & Use My Rainwater

As of right now any storm water I get runs right into my gardens, and out into my lawn.  I’ve notices the waters have started to strip the gardens of good soil, and my lawn is constantly soggy.  Rain barrels are easily obtained online or through your local garden center.  My community has even started a save the rain initiative, and with a brief workshop I can get a FREE rain barrel.  Not only will I save my yard and gardens, but I’ll save my water bill as well. It’s a no brainer, done this year!!

1.  Keep a Garden Journal

I’ve known for a while that I should be keeping a garden journal, but these past two seasons at my new residence I just haven’t wanted to.  When we moved I inherited some gardens that were very overgrown, some that were sparse, and a lot of spots where the previous owner took away trees, and perennials, so I’ve been playing catch up.  I think I am now to the point where I really need to start keeping a journal.  I see so many things I’d like to add, to transplant, and develop, and I think a journal would really help me out.

So there you have it five gardening resolutions for 2014 that I think will be simple enough to follow through with.  Do you have any gardening resolutions for 2014, if so I’d love to know what they are!   

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Choosing the Right Snow Shovel

Since we’re buried under literally FEET of snow here in the Northeast I thought I’d write a quick post on what tools are best for removing white stuff.  Obviously your best bet is to get a snow blower or get plowed out, but if don’t want to spend that kind of money there are multiple kinds of shovels, picks, & salts that will do the job. Living in the Northeast has given me ample opportunity to “test” many of them.  The list I’ve compiled below is a list of the most popular, and what I think are the easiest to use for the situation.

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The Perfect Garden Hose as the Perfect Holiday Present – Make Your Own Perfect Wreath

Are you looking for the perfect gift for that perfect garden fanatic, your perfect landscaper, or just plain anyone on your list that can't stand their old garden hose?  This post was originally written by the wonderful Jennifer Shanley.  The post is so popular that I think it's going to be Perfect Garden Hose tradition to share it the first week of December each year!! So back by popular demand, here’s how to make your own Perfect Garden Hose Wreath.

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Tips to Attract Birds for Winter Watching

It’s Mid-November, and although it’s been relatively warm to this point in zone 5, I can already see the birds that will be settling into my landscape for the winter.  So with that I took a quick ride to my local Lowe’s to see what they had for bird food & accessories, and man was I overwhelmed.  That said I walked out with nothing to go home and research how to keep the birds I have happy, and attract some that maybe I don’t have.  I put this list together in hopes that I can maybe help you draw some feathery friends to your backyard!

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HAPPY VETERANS DAY!!

 

JGB Enterprises and The Perfect Garden Hose would like to thank and honor those who have served our great country then and now!

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November Gardening Tips and Chores

 

 

 

 

I like to repost these monthly gardening “chores” for a couple of reasons.  First, since I’m always changing and/or adding to my landscape, it helps me remind myself what I should be doing and what still needs to be done.  Second, I want to share my activities with those of you who share my “obsession” for gardening with hopes that I remind you of something you may have forgotten, or even teach you something new. November brings cold weather and the first signs of snow here in the Northeast, but that doesn’t mean I’m not in the garden.  There are a few things left to do to close out fall season as winter approaches. As a matter of fact November is the perfect time for some garden activities.  I’ve put together a quick list below of things I’m doing in my garden/landscape right now.  I’ve broken the tasks down by categories for a little organization, and consciously for my own check list…

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Planting Wildflower Seeds In The Fall

 

 

 

 

 

I have a nice little spot in my backyard landscape where a planting of wildflowers would be great.  So I was thinking late this past winter that I’d plant them as soon as the ground thawed a bit, but then I got to thinking is spring the right time to plant wildflowers?  I knew if I planted my wildflower seeds in the spring they’d do just fine, but then I got to thinking, Mother Nature does her planting in the fall right?  I figured if I planted late fall during the dormant period I might get better blooms, and they’d definitely bloom earlier.  So I decided to do some research on fall planting to be sure I got exactly what I wanted out of my planting, and this is what I came up with.

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