What Should I Plant in My Fall Garden?

What Should I Plant in My Fall Garden? Greenwood Hardware

You can still plant ornamental flowers and plants in the autumn when the rest of your garden is wrapping it up for the year. There are plenty of plants that actually thrive in the cool fall weather and can withstand a mild frost. You don’t have to hang up your gardening gloves once school starts. You can enjoy fresh veggies close to year round! You will find everything you need to grow your cool weather garden at your favorite neighborhood hardware store, Greenwood Hardware.

Veggies

Broccoli

Broccoli loves the cool weather and can tolerate frost. You will want to get it in the ground by the end of August if your first expected frost date is mid to late October. Choose a Rudolph or White Sprouting Late variety for best results.

Radishes

Radishes are insulated by the warmth in the ground and because they are fast growers, you can keep planting new crops until mid to late September. There isn’t a specific variety, but you will want to choose a variety with a fairly short growing period.

Peas

It isn’t too late to plant a fresh crop of your favorite snap peas. You will want to get these in the ground now so they are ready for harvest by mid-October when the temperatures really start to drop. Peas love the cool weather and are actually much sweeter when they are grown in conditions with cool nights.

Spinach

Spinach is a prolific producer and thrives in cool weather. It can withstand a mild frost, but it doesn’t hurt to cover your plants when you know it is going to get really cold. Tyee, St. Helen’s and Olympia are all great varieties for gardeners in the Pacific Northwest.

Flowers and Ornamental Plants

You don’t have to let your yard look cold and dreary in the middle of December. While a blanket of snow is gorgeous, it doesn’t happen often in the Pacific Northwest. A splash of color when the grass and trees are dormant makes quite a show. Try these plants and flowers to give your landscaping a little boost.

Winter Heather

These pretty plants are great for placing along the entryway or driveway where traffic is minimum and the fragile leaves won’t get trampled. They put on a nice showy display and will bloom all the way up to May or so.

Primrose

The tiny petals of the primrose plants are vibrant and will look fabulous in a few pots around the deck or the front door. There are a large variety of colors you could use to really make the arrangements come alive with color.

Crocus

Crocus are gorgeous bulbs that pop up in early spring. Often  you can see the budding flowers through a fine layer of snow. They are extremely hardy and are your first indication Spring is on the way.

Bushes

Barberry, Nandina, and Rhododendron bushes are beautiful both in bloom and while dormant. Showy stems in bright red are a welcome splash of color in a grey landscape. The Coral Bark Japanese Maple is another gorgeous bush that is pretty in the spring and has bright red stems that look great throughout the winter.

These are just some of the options you have to choose from when it comes to growing a winter garden and keeping your landscaping colorful all year round. It is a good idea to put a nice layer of mulch around some of your other plants that could use some protection from the cold weather. You will find everything you need to keep your garden going year-round at Greenwood Hardware. And if you have any questions, we are here for you! Come on in, or contact us online.

Why Do Women Love Their Local Hardware Store?

Why Do Women Love Their Local Hardware Store?

For many women, creating a home environment in that is comfortable, welcome and attractive is an ongoing challenge. One of the best places for women to let their creative side blossom is in the local hardware store. Walking into your neighborhood hardware store, like Greenwood Hardware, is like opening the pages of a favorite home magazine. There are so many ideas and options that can come to mind when roaming up and down the aisles!

A little paint here and there can go a long way to transforming the look and feel of a room, but you don’t have to stop at painting the walls. Picture frames, shelves and furniture could benefit from a coat of paint that complements a room’s color scheme. At your local hardware store, there are so many varieties of paints and stains…the possibilities are endless. There are also plenty of unique materials that can be transformed into shelving, hangers and even pottery when a creative touch is put to work.

Don’t think for a moment, however, that women are only about home decoration (although, truth be told, Pinterest has given us plenty of ideas). Many women enjoy performing home repairs such as leaking faucets, replacing door handles, fixing a toilet that won’t stop running or refinishing the deck. And as your neighborhood hardware store, we at Greenwood Hardware are always here to answer any home repair questions that might come up.

We know you gardeners out there already know this, but hardware stores are a gardener’s dream. Since many women in the Seattle area love growing their own food, it only takes one step inside our store to find not just the weeding implement you were looking for, but a new hose, seeds and starter plants, top-notch soil, garden gloves and anything else you could possibly not know that you needed until you saw it on our shelves. And when you’re ready to save your bounty? We have all the canning supplies you could want.

You can find everything you need to make your house a home at Greenwood Hardware. If you need help finding the perfect paint colors, talk with one our friendly and knowledgeable employees.  And if you have any other questions, we are here for you. Come on in, or contact us online.

 

6 Home Repair Jobs Your Kids Will Love To Do

6 Repair Jobs Your Kids Will Love To Do - Greenwood Hardware

Kids love to feel needed. They like to know that although they are a bit smaller than mom and dad, they can still help out around the house and do jobs—just like mom and dad. Giving a child a hammer and some nails to bang into a scrap piece of wood is good training, but kids like to know they really made a difference. You can have them help you with a few repair jobs around the house that will make them feel valuable while teaching them life skills they will use forever. You will find everything you need to take care of your minor home repair projects at Greenwood Hardware!

Check out some of the jobs you can assign to your kids:

Oil Hinges

Open a door and point out the squeaky noise to the child. Grab a small can of hinge oil or a can of WD40 and show a child how to make the squeaking stop. Add a drop or two of oil inside the hinge or spray the hinge with WD40. Make sure you teach the child the oil could be harmful to the family pets or younger siblings and to always keep it up and out of the way.

Tighten Handles on Kitchen Cupboards

Grab a Phillips screwdriver and head into the kitchen with your child. Open the cabinet door and show the child where the tiny screws are and how to tighten the screws to keep the handle from wiggling. Do the same for any drawer pulls that may be loose.

Squeaky Floors

That one spot that squeaks when you step on it can be fixed with a little talcum powder. Have the child sprinkle some of the powder over the area on the floor or a stair and then use a small broom to sweep it along the edges of the floor. If there are loose screws, tighten them down on any stairs with a screwdriver.

Loose Towel Rack

If the towel rack in the bathroom or the kitchen is a little loose, have the child use a screwdriver to tighten the screws up. Showing a child how to use a screwdriver properly without stripping the screws is a lesson they will use throughout life.

Scuff Marks on Linoleum

Have the child grab a tube of toothpaste and a washcloth. You could also use a pencil eraser. Dab some toothpaste on the scuff mark and use the cloth or eraser to rub it. The scuff mark disappears and the linoleum looks new again.

Paint Touch Ups

Grab a small paint brush and a sample can of paint that matches your walls. Have the child dab the space on the wall that needs a little paint. You can do this to cover up nail holes and scuff marks left by the backs of chairs.

These are jobs you may not even think twice about doing yourself, but giving your child the opportunity to repair the little things around the house is a big deal to them. They will feel like they have done something substantial and you will likely never have to worry about a squeaky door or loose cabinet door handle again. Head to Greenwood Hardware to pick up the materials you need for your projects, and don’t forget to bring the kids! If you have questions, we are here for you. Come on in, or contact us online.

Simple DIY Paint Projects for Your Home

Simple DIY Paint Projects for Your Home - Greenwood HardwareGiving your home a whole new look does not require the services of an expensive contractor to complete extensive remodels. You can make a room look new again with a fresh coat of paint in a vibrant color to brighten things up or a soft pastel to create a soothing area to relax in. No matter what your style or personality, you are sure to find the perfect color of paint at Greenwood Hardware. Check out some of the easy paint projects you can do around your home to liven it up and reflect your personality.

Accents

You don’t have to take on the big task of repainting an entire room. By adding a fresh, new color to the door trim, window trim and even the door itself, you can create a whole new look. You can choose clashing colors like adding orange to a blue room or red to a green room. Of course you can choose colors that are a shade lighter or darker than the existing paint in the room as well. The options are endless. You can also repaint wooden picture frames and furniture to add some color to a room.

Stencils

If you like the look of wallpaper borders, but don’t like the messy application and permanency of the wallpaper, you can use stencils to create a beautiful border around a room. There are hundreds of different stencil templates for you to choose from. You can use stencils in your kid’s room, the bathroom, living room or kitchen areas to compliment a theme.

Stairways

You can add color to a room and hide ugly scuff marks on wooden stairs by painting the risers a pretty color. It is best to choose a dark color that will hide minor scuff marks. You will also want to choose a paint that is easily wiped down. You can paint the stairs as well in a contrasting color or an equally dark color to help hide footprints. Get creative and paint the rail as well!

Dressers

Turn your plain old white or brown dresser into a masterpiece with a little paint. Create a beautiful piece of art by painting each drawer a different shade of the same main color. This creates a bit of a waterfall effect. Start with the darkest shade on the bottom drawer and slowly go lighter as you work your way up. This looks great on white dressers. Give your dresser a facelift by painting the top and side white and adding some color in the center.

These are some quick and easy projects you can complete in just a few hours. Of course, painting requires some tools:

  • Primer
  • Brushes and rollers
  • Paint remover
  • Painter’s tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Paint pans
  • Stencils

You can find everything you need to make your painting project a success at Greenwood Hardware. If you need help finding the perfect colors, talk with one our friendly and knowledgeable staff members.  And if you have any other questions, we are here for you. Come on in, or contact us online.