Starting Seeds Indoors for your Pacific Northwest Garden

Starting Seeds Indoors for your Pacific Northwest GardenIt’s that time of year, and that means starting vegetable seeds inside, so they are ready to go when the last freeze is behind us. With the rather short growing season in the Pacific Northwest, it is helpful to start things like tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers indoors. This adds several weeks to the growing season and will get you fresh food on your table that much sooner. There are some things you will need to start your seeds inside, and you will find them at Greenwood Hardware.

Seeds

Obviously, you will need seeds to start your garden. There are numerous varieties of every vegetable. Decide whether you want cucumbers to eat fresh or whether you want cukes to pickle. Tomatoes that are big and great for slicing or small and plump and perfect for canning into sauce. Once you know what your goal is, you can pick the right seeds for your needs.

Starter Pots

You have a couple of options here as well. If your seeds will be indoors in their starter pots for several weeks, you may want to go with the larger pots that the plants will not outgrow within a matter of weeks. The smaller pots are great for seedlings that will be going into the ground in a couple of weeks. You can choose pots that go directly into the soil or plastic pots that you will need to remove the start from.

Soil

Because your seeds will get all of their nutrition from the soil you buy, you want to make sure it is nutrient-rich and designed for seed starting. A standard potting soil is best for established plants. For new seeds, you want a loose soil that will not hinder the sprouting process.

Grow Lights

You never know when we will have a series of cloudy days. It is helpful to have a couple of grow lights to supplement the new plants on the days the sun refuses to make an appearance. The lights are very inexpensive and will help your plants sprout and thrive.

Labels

It is very hard to tell the difference between seedlings. Make sure you have plenty of labeling sticks to put in every pot to help you keep track of what is what. If you are plenty several varieties of tomatoes, you will definitely want to label them.

Your garden is waiting for you! Get a jump-start on the growing season by getting your plants started early. This is a fun project to get the kids involved in. They will love watching the tiny seeds sprout into plants they will soon be picking food from. Head into Greenwood Hardware today and pick up what you need to get your garden started. Come on in, or contact us today.

Getting Your Seattle Home Ready for Spring

Getting Your Seattle Home Ready for Spring - Greenwood HardwareIt won’t be long before the first blooms show up throughout the Pacific Northwest indicating a spring is just around the corner. Spring is refreshing and exciting. It means it is time to get ready to head outside and take care of the yard after a muddy winter. There is always a lot to do around the house after you have been forced to hang out inside for months. At Greenwood Hardware, we know you are itching to get outside and get to work in the yard. These are some things you can plan on doing over the next couple of weeks before the planting season gets underway.

Check Your Lawn Equipment

It’s time to pull out the lawnmower, weed blower and all of your other equipment to make sure it is ready to go this spring. Changing the oil, emptying the fuel and replacing with new and changing spark plugs are some of the common duties associated with lawn equipment. If you have decided to buy new, now is the time to take advantage of sales.

Clean the Gutters

You will want to clean out the gutters again and get ready for spring rains. Check for any damage and get it fixed before April showers arrive. You can easily fix holes or replace damaged gutters yourself or hire a professional team to do it for you.

Check the Concrete

If you have a concrete slab for your driveway, sidewalks or a patio, it is a good time to look for cracks. If the weather permits, fill the cracks with a crack filler and seal the driveway. This will help preserve the slab and prevent more cracks and weeds from growing up.

Trims

Check to ensure the trim around your doors and windows is in good shape. If you see exposed wood underneath that looks like it is peeling or it is soft, now is the time to replace it. Spring rains mean the exposed wood is going to be vulnerable to damage. Replace the trim if needed and make sure to caulk around the windows to prevent water leaks.

Reseed the Lawn

If you have dead patches from last year on the lawn, now is the time to put grass seed down. The grass seed should be spread over the area and covered with straw or some lightweight top soil. The moisture from the coming rains will help the seed take root, and your lawn will be lush and full again by the summer.

While the weather is still a bit chilly and it isn’t time to plant flowers or a garden yet, you can take care of these little chores, so when a nice day does come along, you are ready to get busy. Head into Greenwood Hardware and pick up all the supplies you need to get your spring readiness checklist completed. Come on in, or contact us today.

Plants to Choose for A Colorful Seattle Garden

Plants to Choose for A Colorful Seattle Garden - Greenwood HardwareIt is official; the groundhog has declared we will have an early spring! It doesn’t happen all that often, and it is definitely something you will want to take full advantage of. It is time to start thinking about what you will put in your garden this year to brighten up your landscaping. Splashes of color are one of the first signs of spring and are a joy to see for not only you, but passing cars and your neighbors will appreciate your beautiful, vibrant garden as well. You will find all of the supplies you need to get started on your spring gardening plans at Greenwood Hardware.

Here is a list of some of the plants you can choose to liven up your Seattle garden with some brilliant displays of color.

Tulips

The Pacific Northwest is famous for its tulip displays up north. You can bring that glorious color to your own yard by getting the bulbs in the ground now. Tulips do well when planted directly into the ground or in pots on your deck. You can’t go wrong with tulips! Pick a variety of contradictory colors for the biggest splash of color.

Lilies

Another bulb that needs to go in the ground now for a pretty spring and summer display. Lilies do great in the shady, cool weather that the Seattle area is known for. You can find the pretty flowers in a variety of colors.

Pacific Bleeding Heart

This flower is perfect for Seattle gardens. It loves damp, cool climates. The unique look of the flower adds some flair to your garden. When the flowers die off, you still have a very pretty blue-green plant to act as a backdrop for your other summer plants.

Lavender

This beautiful flower provides a big display of color and of course, scent. Lavender planted along pathways is one way to welcome visitors to your home. The pretty flowers bloom all spring and summer and make perfect cuttings to put around the house to add fresh blooming color.

Sugar Thyme

This crawling plant would be a beautiful addition to your flower bed. In early spring, pretty pink buds create a nice look, but then in late spring, those buds open and gorgeous white flowers are everywhere! The white carpet is perfect for a contrasting taller bulb or plant.

Head into Greenwood Hardware today to pick up the plants and bulbs you need along with compost, top soil, and tools to get your spring garden ready. An early spring means more time to enjoy the beauty of the blooming flowers. Come on in, or contact us today.

Five Quick Fixes Every Seattle Homeowner Needs to Know

Five Quick Fixes Every Seattle Homeowner Needs to Know - Greenwood HardwareEvery day it seems like you find something new in the house that needs a little attention. Whether it is something like a squeaky door, a cabinet hanging wrong or a gutter pulling away from the house, it all needs fixing before it becomes a bigger problem. You may assume you have to live with it or call a handyman to take care of the problem for you. You don’t. You can find everything you need at Greenwood Hardware to take care of some of the little things around the house all by yourself. You will not only have a serious sense of satisfaction but will save yourself a small fortunate as well.

Odd Hanging Cabinet Door

Cupboards in the kitchen and bathroom take a lot of abuse. They get opened and closed and slammed shut. All of the wear causes hinges to loosen and in some cases, the screws in the hinges pull completely out. Your best bet is to use a screwdriver to tighten the hinges at the first sign they are loose. If the screws have pulled out of the wood doors, you have a little more work to do. You will need to use a small wood dowel that is small enough to fit into the hole left behind by the stripped screw. Cover the dowel in wood glue and use a hammer to pound it in the hole. Let it dry and then use a screwdriver to put the screws back in place.

Stuck Window

If moisture and time have made a window tough to open, you can use a putty knife or a box knife to remove the gunk, paint and other buildup that is making it tough to slide. Be careful you don’t slice into the wood jam. If it is the moisture of a Pacific Northwest spring causing problems, you can run a dehumidifier to help pull the moisture out of the air.

Squeaky Doors

This is a quick fix. All you need is some WD-40. A little spray on the hinges is all you need. If you don’t care for the odor, you could always head to the kitchen and grab the olive oil. A few drops on the squeaky hinge will take care of it.

Loose Door Knobs

Door knobs are another fixture in the house that take a lot of abuse. Just like the cabinet hinges, you want to make sure you keep the knobs tight before the screws work their way completely out and essentially strip the wood. A small screwdriver is all you need to tighten up the plate that holds the door knob secure. If the screws have been stripped, you can use the same method above for the cabinet hinges to make them secure again.

Cleaning the Refrigerator Coils

If your fridge seems to be running more than usual or not keeping things as cold as it used to, clean the coils before you call the repairman. A coil brush and a few minutes are all you need to clean out the dust and grime that collects behind the fridge and under the door.

These are easy fixes that can save you a ton in repair costs. Head into Greenwood Hardware and pick up the tools you need to fix up all those little things. Come on in, or contact us today.

It’s Time To Prepare Your Spring Flower Beds in Seattle!

How to Prepare Your Spring Flower Beds in Seattle - Greenwood HardwareIt is time to get your flower beds ready for what appears to be an early spring. The Pacific Northwest is famous for its tulips, which are a beautiful addition to any flower garden, but there are plenty of other bulbs that grow well in our wet climate! Once those bulbs fade, you will want to have another pretty show with flowers that will bloom throughout the spring and into the summer months. Having healthy garden beds is a must to ensure your flowers bloom. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has everything you need to get your landscaping in tip-top shape this spring.

Pick Up Bulbs and Seeds

You will need to pick up new bulbs and seeds to put into your flower beds. Have fun and shake things up a bit. Contrasting colors make for some pretty vivid displays. Oranges and reds or white and pink are all beautiful combinations. You can also use flower starts if that works easier for you. It gives you instant color instead of waiting for weeks.

Clean Up the Beds

You will need to remove dead leaves and other foliage that has been resting in your beds. Remove any weeds that may already be sprouting as well. If you plan on adding a border, now is the time to do it. Little fences or large rocks work great.

Work the Soil

Use a small rake or a cultivator to turn the soil in the bed. Look for any bugs that may give you problems, but leave the earthworms. The soil should be dark and drain well. If you need to add compost to help make it a bit more fertile, now is the time to do so. Other soil additives may be necessary. You can check the condition of your soil with a quick soil test kit.

Fertilizer

Compost is excellent for feeding the soil and ensuring the roots of your flowers have something to feed on, but you can add additional fertilizer to get really nice blooms. Bulb fertilizer should be applied now and again during the blooming season.

You will find everything you need to get your flower beds ready for a glorious spring display at Greenwood Hardware. Head in today and make sure you are ready for spring. Come on in, or contact us today.