Category Archives: Garden Tools & Tips

Mini Greenhouse Kits Give You Gardening Power in Tight Spaces

If you are looking for a greenhouse, but aren’t sure if you will have the space, we can help! In addition to our full size greenhouse kits, we also offer more small space friendly varieties. Our cold frame greenhouse offer 5 sq. feet of growing space and is only 18″ high. The larger double cold frame has 9 sq. feet of space and is 21″ high. Our Grow Deck is just like a cold frame, but raised off the ground for easy access.

If you are looking for something larger, our 4-tiered mini greenhouse is 62″ H x 27″ L x 19″ W with 4 tiers that are each 12-1/2 inches high. It is completely enclosed with a plastic cover to keep your plants warm and safe. The Grow Station is a combination cold frame, a workbench and a storage unit to maximize your space saving potential. Our Plant Inn offers maximum capacity in a compact space. It measures 46″W x 46″D x 58.5″H and includes plant hangers, garden bed trays, and built in drainage!

Build a Wooden Gazebo Quickly and Easily

Wooden Gazebo Kit
Garden gazebos, when built with one of our kits, have never been easier to assemble. You simply lay your foundation and assemble one of our pre-cut plans. You even have the option of choosing a kit that has already been assembled into panels. Our site has instructional videos to help you visualize the process and each kit comes with detailed instructions to ensure that your assembly is as easy as possible.

Garden Arbors Offer Wonderful Garden Whimsy

Wooden Garden Arbor
A world of wonderful whimsy awaits you in your own private garden escape. Adding a garden arbor or arch to your backyard can add elegance and class like nothing else. We offer metal and wooden options for every style. They can be painted to match any outdoor decor or left in their natural state to age beautifully. Add a gate or bench for even more style. They are great as decorative pieces, but you can also use your arbor to grow running vines and plants. We even have beautiful arch trellis, if you are looking for something smaller, but equally stunning.

Know When to Start Your Spring Vegetable Garden

Are you planting a garden this spring? Vegetable gardens are a great way to utilize space in your backyard. If you are new to vegetable gardening, you are probably wondering when you should start. Below, you will find a handy guide to help you understand when you should plant in your area of the country. When you start your plants, you can either start them indoors or use a cold frame greenhouse to start them outdoors. Cold frames act as a protective barrier, creating the perfect amount of sunlight and ventilation. This allows you to start your plants outdoors earlier than normal. Whether starting your gardening indoors or out, use the handy guide below to get started now!

Vegetable Growing Guide

You base when to start your plants (indoors or in a cold frame) on the date of the expected last frost in your growing zone. A “growing zone”, also known as a hardiness zone, is determined by the climatic conditions of the location where you live. It factors temperatures, rainfall, humidity, general soil conditions, and other factors to give you zone number. Your zone can also be used to help you determine which plants will thrive best where you live. The approximate date ranges for the last freeze in your zone is below.

  • Zone 1           June 1 – June 30
  • Zone 2          May 1 – May 31
  • Zone 3          May 1 –  May 31
  • Zone 4          May 1 – May 31
  • Zone 5          March 30 – April 30
  • Zone 6          March 30 – April 30
  • Zone 7          March 30 – April 30
  • Zone 8          February 28 – March 30
  • Zone 9          January 30 – February 28
  • Zone 10       January 1 – January 31
  • Zone 11        Frost Free Year Round

Below is a list of commonly grown vegetables and how many weeks before the last frost you should start your plants.

Vegetable                                                  Number of Weeks Before Frost to Start

Okra                                                            2-4 Weeks

Cucumbers                                               3-4 Weeks

Squash                                                        3-4 Weeks

Broccoli                                                     5-7 Weeks

Cabbage                                                     5-7 Weeks

Lettuce                                                       5-7 Weeks

Eggplant                                                    6-8 Weeks

Tomatoes                                                  6-8 Weeks

Spinach                                                      6-8 Weeks

Peppers                                                      8-10 Weeks

Onion                                                           10-12 Weeks


Happy gardening!

Spruce Up Your Garden for Early Spring

Spring has sprung early in many parts of the country. Plants and flowers are blooming weeks earlier than expected and many have already started tending their gardens. Now is a great time to add some fun and decorative touches. Here are a few ideas for adding color, whimsy, and function to your garden or backyard area.

  • Flutterby Solar Garden Accessories use solar power to give the impression of colorful insects in flight. Direct sunlight on the Flutterby solar panels make the colorful butterfly and dragonflies flit around your flowers and shrubs. Each insect measure 3.1 inches from wing to wing and they come in red, purple, yellow, blue, and green.

  • Solar Chameleon Gazing Ball adds a touch of beauty and style to your garden. It has a solar panel hidden discreetly within that gives its dual light settings their bright light. The White Mode features 2 bright white LEDs, and the Chameleon Mode cycles through a spectrum of colors. It comes on automatically during dark periods of the day and offers up to 8 hours of light each night when fully charged. There is no wiring required – only the power of the sun!