Gardening – All Summer Long!

by on August 12, 2012

This Hose Won’t Kink! (Oh My God, I need this!)

HoseAh, time to water the garden. Your plants get a needed drink, and you get to admire your hard work. It’s a recipe for a perfect moment, but there’s a kink in this plan: the hose!

Leaking after just a year of use and kinking at the slightest tug, it’s driving you nuts. But don’t all hoses do that?

Not the Flexzilla. This hose is constructed of a hybrid polymer that enables it to stay flexible all the way down to a chilly -40°F and back up to a toasty 150°F. It’s abrasion-resistant and has a ribbed inner core that prevents kinking.

Flexzilla hoses are made by Legacy Manufacturing, which is known for its high-quality air hoses. They’re tough, yet lightweight enough to coil easily. Choose from three different lengths—50, 75, or 100 feet—and a variety of colors.

When it comes to watering, it’s all about the hose.

Give Your Plants a Fishy Treat

Fish Rich
Want to give your garden a nutritious boost? Go fish!Fish are beneficial for plants just as they are for humans. In fact, many gardeners have been using fish-based fertilizer in one form or another for years. We’re partial to an organic version, Fish Rich Organic 2-2-2 Fertilizer.

Made by Bell Aquaculture (the nation’s largest yellow perch farm), the fertilizer is garden- and people-safe and meets USDA specifications for organic growing. It promises faster greening and root establishment, and more intense, longer-lasting blooms. It’s sold in liquid form, so it’s easy to apply.

If your garden needs a bit more nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium, try their new Fish Rich + 6-3-3 Fertilizer. This one is natural, though not organic, and it’s boosted with added nutrients that promote vigorous growth and bloom.

Your plants will thank you for the healthy meal!

What’s This Plant? An Easy Way to Find Out!

USDA Plant Database
You might want to sit down.The website you’re about to view has some very appealing photos, and you may find it hard to walk away. We’re talking plants—tens of thousands of them! They’re part of the USDA Plant Database, a fantastic resource for gardeners.

We like this site because it’s useful: Not only will you find more than 40,000 photos to help you identify plants, you’ll also discover helpful plant information.

It’s also user-friendly. You can search the database by scientific name or common name. Or search by state to find some interesting prospects for your garden in your locale.

The site also has a database of endangered plants, which allows you to find out which plants are at risk in your state.

So kick off your shoes and get comfortable. It’s time to discover some plants!

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