Archive for December, 2013

Flower Seeds On Sale Now!

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Already Looking Forward to

Spring Flowers?

We Are Too!

So, We're Celebrating Spring in Advance

With 15% OFF Every Flower Seed in Stock!

Choose from HUNDREDS of Varieties!

Now is the ideal time to start thinking about what your yard will look like in the spring, BEFORE you are totally inundated with every blooming thing in every garden center in every store!

Just like Christmas shopping in October, all of the big box stores have started stocking their garden centers with actively blooming greenhouse-grown plants long before you should be planting them in the ground. And, after looking at winter's brown or white landscape, we are all thirsty for some colorso who can blame us for giving in and buying those plants, even if it's too early to plant them?

Blooming flowers are the harbinger of

springtime sun and warmth, right?

THENPlant Flower Seeds!

  • You can start your flower seeds early, growing your own little bit of spring indoors, even if it hasn't happened outdoors yet
    • or start them in your garden bed outdoors at the ideal time for optimal growth.
  • You can pick and choose the strongest plants for transplant
    • or thin, keeping only the strongest plants for your flower beds.
  • You know EXACTLY how they are grown, and more importantly, you will have the opportunity to acclimate them to your climate before transplanting them
    • or you can start them right where they belongin your own garden.
  • You will save money. Seeds are much less expensive; your success rate for transplant and a beautiful garden is ensured by your personal nurturing
    • indoors or out!
  • The satisfaction and personal gratification you get by growing your own flowers, from seed to seedling to beautifully blooming mature plant, is priceless!

SoBrowse Our Hundreds of Varieties!

Save 15% on annual and perennial flower seeds,

from A to Zinnia, such as:

Black Russian Sunflower Flower Seeds – Grow your own black oil sunflower seeds!

Tomentosa Santolina Flower Seeds – aka: Lavender Cotton, is evergreen and easy to grow.

Sorbet Citrus Mix Viola Flower Seeds – Violas in sunshiny colors.

Topknot Mix Balsam Flower Seeds – Old-fashioned Lady Slippers.

Buddy Purple Gomphrena Flower Seeds – Truly purple pom-poms, fresh and dried.

Crackerjack Mix African Marigold Flower Seeds – Extremely tall with double blossoms.

Little Bluestem Ornamental Grass Flower Seeds – Blue, green, red and silveroh my.

Benary's Giant Mix Zinnia Flower Seeds – Very showy vase flowers!

And save 15% on stuff to make sowing seeds easy:

ALL Garden Seeders, like our ridiculously inexpensive Dial Seed Sower

ALL Seed Starting Supplies, like our:

Hydrofarm Germination Station

Hydrofarm Seedling Heat Mat, 17 watt

& Jiffy All-in-One Greenhouse


We'll Even Make It Easy to Give the Gift of Flowers!

Our Gift Certificates are also 15% OFF!

You pay only 21.25 for a $25.00 Gift Certificate or 42.50 for a $50.00 Gift Certificate

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and SAVE 15% through January 7th

We Sell Only Organic Non-GMO Vegetable Seeds

Monday, December 30th, 2013

No GMO Vegetable Seeds Sold HereGenetically modified (GM) seeds and plants are also identified as GMOs, which stands for genetically modified organisms. The reason the word organisms is included is because GMO vegetable seeds and plants have had their DNA changed in a laboratory. DNA strands have been spliced using genetic engineering and through experimentation with both plant-based and non-plant-based genetic organisms. The simple definitions of an organism are: (1) an individual living thing; (2) a system with many parts that depend on each other and work together. That leaves a whole lot of wiggle-room for messing with Mother Nature.

At this point the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) is the only regulatory or governing body to administer GM or genetically engineered (GE) crops or seeds. Most recently, tacked onto a bill to avoid a government shutdown, a provision was signed into law that prevents any court from forcing a farmer or company to destroy GMOs when health issues arise, until such time as the review process has been completed. The argument, a quite valid one, is that there has not been enough study to determine the long-term effects of GMOs on our health or the health of our planet. And now, regardless of future studies and findings, any GMO that has already been given the USDA stamp of approval will be protected, with courts unable to intercede while the review process is ongoing, which means potentially dangerous products will remain on the market.

It is important that we make the distinction between hybrid and GMO, as we are asked that question frequently. Hybrid plants and seeds are the result of the natural breeding process. In fact, hybridization can, and does, happen in the wild. How do you think new species of plants have been discovered throughout the years? Only in recent history has DNA played a part in the identification of how these new species came to be.

DNA of plants is not modified in any way, shape or form to produce a hybrid. A hybrid is the offspring, the result of a pairing of two genetically dissimilar plants in order to provide the resulting plant with the best attributes of both parents. Hybrids are bred for color, disease resistance, size, flowering habit, weather resistance, taste and any number of things that a plant can be considered special for. It is a natural process, helped along by plant breeders, taking place in a greenhouse or garden, not in a laband it can take years of cross-breeding to produce a plant that has all of the desired attributes and that will produce the same plant, reliably, over and over again. Hybrids are more expensive because of the ongoing process to keep the hybrids pure; the plants have to be cross-pollinated and the seeds harvested and saved every year in order to produce first generation (F1) hybrids, those plants proven to yield the same dependable results.

GMOs, on the other hand, are created in a lab. Mother Nature's work is picked apart and then put back together again, though not in the same form as it was originally. Again, the argument is not that GMOs are bad for us, or for our planet. The argument is that not enough is known about GMOs to say for certain that they are completely safe.

Questions you might ask:

  • Will the altered DNA have unintended and, as yet, undiscovered effects on human health?
  • Will GMOs used to feed our livestock affect their health, and through them, affect ours?
  • How can cross-contamination between GMO crops and non-genetically modified crops be prevented?

And then you have to consider that once cross-contamination takes place, there is no way to take it back, to restore the non-GMO vegetable seeds' and plants' genes back to their original state.

It is for these reasons that we have taken the Safe Seed Pledge. We believe wholeheartedly that starting with the best seeds possible will produce the healthiest and most productive harvests, the resulting produce being nutritionally superior and safe for consumption by your family. We will not sell anything that we would not feed to our own families. We do our homework to ensure our familiesand YOURSare getting the best. All of our vegetable seeds are organically produced and certified. All of our organic seeds are non-GMO vegetable seeds. None of our seeds are genetically modified and we promise to keep it that way until the safety and efficacy of GMOs has been thoroughly and completely tested and proven.




Perennial Plants On Sale

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013



That's right:

The 10% you save now goes on for years.

That's what perennials are all about!

Perennials are the foundation for your landscape planseven if you don't have a plan.

  • Do you have a spot in your yard that you'd really like to see permanently decorated?

  • Do you wonder every year what to plant in that hard-to-water corner?

  • Do you need plants for an always-shady or always-sunny spot?

  • Do you have a spot that stays wet all the time?

?Wouldn't it be nice to never have to worry about that spot again ?


Choose from our customer favorites:

Tuberosa Asclepias: also called Milkweed or Butterfly Weed, although it is not a weed. It is non-invasive and is the plant material of choice for Queen and Monarch butterfly nurseries.

This cultivar does not have the milky sap that gives this plant its name.

Pow Wow Wild Berry Echinacea: grows and blooms best when given a good shearing in early summer; leaving its striking seed-heads in place will ensure wintertime song-bird visitors.

Cherry Brandy Rudbeckia: blooms early, attracting butterflies and honeybees; in the fall its eye-catching and attractive seed-heads serve to feed migratory and local avian residents.

Or from our newer additions, like:

Champagne Bubbles Mix Papaver: pleasingly colorful, short and fragrant; this Poppy is also drought-tolerant and an exceptionally pretty addition to your cut flower arrangements.

Spring Celebrities Mix Dwarf Alcea: blooms continuously in 7 colors! Mix and match or craft stunning monochromatic fresh arrangements to fill your vases.

Or browse our complete selection of

Perpetually Pretty Perennials

and SAVE 10% on every one of them!

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when you check out.

Sale Ends 12/31/13

How to Get Rid of Snakes

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Snake sliding through the grassMost of us, at one time or another, will be faced with the problem of how to get rid of snakes. Snakes, like a great many species of the animal kingdom, have had to adapt to a world filled with humans. The truth is that as snake habitats shrink and populations increase, there will be more and more human/snake interaction. Most people (and most snakes, if they could talk) will tell you that is not a good thing!

It’s one thing to view them through the glass panes of a vivarium or the mesh of a cage, but when you encounter them in the wild, in your back yard, in your garden shed or in your garage, it will usually be a surprise of the unpleasant variety, and also an incident bound to trigger your life-saving flight instinct. Most of us are not calm enough or brave enough during a surprise confrontation to even ascertain if said snake is venomous or not, IF we knew how to determine that to begin with.

Depending upon your love (What? There are people who love snakes?), tolerance of, or extreme aversion to snakes, your first thought may be to KILL that thingor to encourage it to go elsewhere, sparing its s-s-s-slithering life. Your brain will most likely be in overdrive as you quickly tick off a list of how to get rid of snakes, now and forever.

The best scenario is not to have these encounters at all, or if you do, to have a safe and effective way to discourage further chance meetings. If you are averse to killing snakes, there is one natural, very effective and safe way to not only send them packing, but to discourage their trespass on your property to begin with.

control snakes with nocdown cedar oilIt’s called NOCDOWN III and it has been proven, over and over again, to work! The product is natural, and the science is remarkably easy to understand. NOCDOWN III is a liquid cedar derivative. Cedar, in one form or another, has been used for centuries to deter the invasion of pesky insects into homes, closets and textiles. These discoveries led us to explore further the reasons cedar works. What the science community has found is that the smell of cedar interrupts certain insects’ and snakes’ scent receptors; it makes them unable to search out food, suitable breeding areas, or even a mate, forcing them to go elsewhere to find those things.

Snakes have a complex olfactory system, the combination of their nostrils and an extremely sensitive tongue. The tongue is even protected by a sheath while inside the mouth, and the cavity has a cleft that enables the forked tips to slide in and out easily while the mouth is closed. Scientists also believe the tongue is forked for a reason, collecting chemical particles on either side, to differing degrees, telling the snake in which direction to move to intercept prey or mate.

NOCDOWN III is an extremely offensive odor to the sensitive sniffing senses of a snake. If they are not already on your property, a barrier of NODCOWN III will ensure they stay off. On the other hand, if you’ve seen snakes, a strategic application, such as described here, will encourage them to move off of your property, at which time you can lay down a defensive barrier for long-term control.

NOCDOWN III is safe around your family and pets and will not harm any beneficial insects. It is all-natural and concentrated. Mixed with water, you can apply it using a pressurized hand sprayer or a hose-end sprayer.

Wondering how to get rid of snakes? Use NOCDOWN III!


Gourmet PopcornShare the Love

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

the joy of homemade popcornI can still remember the sound of popcorn popping in the kitchen. I can smell that unmistakable aroma, hear my mom laughing as, once again, she had too much popcorn in that old, beat-up aluminum popcorn pan and she had to dump what was already popped out of the top into a bowl while making sure the kernels that were still popping wouldn't fly out while she was trying to keep the popcorn from overflowing the pan completely.

She never did get the amount just right, and that was probably part of the fun for her, creating that moment of forever young-at-heart laughter as we watched her juggling the lid, the pan and the bowl. And she always managed to get the majority of the popcorn into that bowl, barely losing a fluffy white morsel, all the while shaking that pan over the top of the gas flame so the still-popping kernels didn't scorchheaven forbid!

Mom didn't give in to Jiffy-Pop and or to microwave popcorn, and I'm glad she didn't, at least not while I was living at home.

That popcorn pan finally gave out. She wore a hole right through the bottom with the friction from the stove burner, the heat, the oil and the explosive popping of that treat we just never seemed to be able to get enough of. That pan came out on many occasions: before we headed out to the drive-in movie, all bundled up in our pajamas and with a make-shift bed set up in the back of the station wagon; and while decorating the Christmas tree so we could string cranberries and popcorn garland, and she surely must have made double the popcorn then, because we ate way more than we managed to get on the string.

If she still had that popcorn pan today, it is one thing I would love to have and I would treasure once she's gone from this world. Such a simple thing, that popcorn pan, but oh the joy, the two of them, my mom and that old aluminum popcorn pan gave.

gourmet popcorn kernelsToday, my tastes may be a bit more mature and refined, but there are still times when nothing beats a good bowl of popcorn, especially gourmet popcorn! I don't have mom's popcorn pan, but I DO have a Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper. It effectively does what mom did, keeping the kernels and the oil moving constantly. I don't want to scorch one single kernel of my favorite Ladyfinger Rainbow Popcorn. I don't have a gas stove, so the flame isn't there. In fact, I have a glass top stove, but the hand crank mechanism makes it unnecessary to constantly shake the pan to keep the popcorn from burning. ANDthe flavor is the closest ever to what Mom used to make!  It even has a 25-year guarantee, which tells me it will last at least as long as Mom's popcorn pan did!

So, today, when the grandkids visit, I pull out the Whirley-Pop and the Gourmet Popcorn and oil, butter (yes, melted butter must be drizzled) and salt, though I now use super-fine popcorn salt, and I create my own memoriesmemories I hope will be as treasured as mine own are. I would love it if one day my grandchildren or great-grandchildren ask me to will them my Whirley-Pop. THAT would be the ultimate compliment and I'd know that I achieved my goalused my love of popcorn to share a little love, just like Mom did! And I'll know the tradition will continue after I'm gone.

How to Grow Amsonia Plants

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Here are some easy tips for growing wildflower Amsonia plants: Amsonia plants prefer moist, well-draining soil rich in organic matter, but they do well in most garden soil. Dry conditions will stunt growth, so in drier areas, plant Amsonia in semi-shade. Indoors, grow in a soil-based potting mix. Put Amsonia in bright light, and water freely. Fertilize every two weeks during active growth. In winter, just keep moist. Repot in spring.

Description: These eye-catching perennial plants are low maintenance. Amsonia plants are drought-tolerant but will also tolerate wet soil. These plants grow 1-4 ft. tall and 1-4 ft. wide. The pretty, light blue, star-shaped flowers peak in mid- to late spring. In the fall, the feathery green leaves turn a beautiful, butterscotch-yellow color.

Common Name(s): Thread-leaf Blue Star; Blue Star

Origin of Amsonia (am-SO-nee-uh): Some types are native to North America; also found in Southern Europe and Japan.

Propagation possible three ways: root division (in April/May); by seed collected in late summer and planted in Feb/March of following year; stem cuttings (in March/April).

USDA Zones: 3-11

Sun Needs: Full sun to partial shade

Maintenance: Low. After flowering, cut stems of Blue Star plants back by 6 in. to keep these perennials upright and in a mound shape. Remove seedpods to stop Blue Star plants from self-seeding.

Display: Containers, borders, rock gardens

Companion Plants: Purple coneflower, Peonies, Iris, Speedwell

Diseases: No serious diseases

Fertilizer Needs: Slow-release feed in spring, then use nutrient-rich organic mulch

Color: Sky blue

Wildlife Value: Deer resistant; attracts butterflies

Health Risk/Bonus: Amsonia plants have a latex-based milky sap that may irritate sensitive skin. This sap will keep slugs and snails away.

Starting Geraniums from Seed

Friday, December 13th, 2013


The easiest and most common way to start geraniums from seed is indoors using peat pellets in seed starting trays. You can buy them already populated, or reuse trays you already have, just buying the peat pellets to refill the trays. Sowing in seed starting trays has multiple advantages:

  • The seeds/seedlings can be watered from the bottom, making damping off less likely.
  • You won't have to thin a bunch of geraniums; just plant a couple per cell and choose the strongest for transplant, plucking the weakling out.
  • The temperature can be controlled more easily, either with a heat mat or by consistent light/heat from a heat lamp. (The seeds don't need light to germinate, but the seedlings will need plenty.)
  • The moisture level can be more easily maintained and monitored.
  • Seed starting trays are more attractive and use space more economically than wax paper cups, egg cartons or re-purposed yogurt containers. And they are reusable, nesting neatly when not in use.
  • Peat pellets, as opposed to other planting mediums, will not contain the fungus that causes damping off. (If you are using containers that have been used for other plants, be sure they are clean and have drainage holes to prevent damping off. After washing in soapy water, mix one part chlorine bleach to nine parts water to disinfect them. This is especially necessary if repurposing the small pots you get in the garden section or from the nursery.) If your seedlings have been infected, the stems will thin at the soil line and the plants will just break off; not a pretty sight and disappointing, to say the least.
  • The peat pots can be transplanted whole, which means less chance for breaking the delicate stems. We recommend holding the seedlings gently by the leaves if you have to handle them at all.

Sow the seeds about 1/8 inch deep, putting two or three seeds per cell or pot, discarding the weakest after the first true leaves appear, thinning to 1 plant per pot. (The first leaves are called seed-leaves or cotyledons and will eventually wither or fall off; wait until the second set of leaves is growing well before thinning.)

Geranium seeds germinate best at consistent soil temperatures of 72°F. If not watering from the bottom, keep the soil moist by misting so as not to dislodge the seeds; use room-temperature water to maintain soil temperature. Germination can take from 5 days to 4 weeks, so be patient.

If growing under a dome, cant the dome slightly once the seeds start sprouting to provide air circulation while still maintaining moisture levels. Once your geranium seedlings are growing strongly, or touching the dome, remove it completely.

Fluorescent lights, grow-lights or adequate natural light must be utilized once the seedlings are growing well and are at least one week old. If you have insufficient light, they will become spindly and frail as they stretch to find the sun, though exposing them to strong sun too soon may result in their demise. We recommend 12 to 14 hours of light a day, ensuring the planting medium stays consistently moist, but not wet.

To promote fuller, more compact and well-branched plants, nip the new growth once or twice after the seedlings are growing strongly (usually with 4-6 true leaves).

You can also transplant at this time, either into your decorative containers, or into the garden after hardening off. Handle the seedlings very carefully, avoid disturbing the roots, and use as much of the soil they've been growing in around the roots as possible. (This is where those peat pellets really come in handy; the whole thing can be transplanted.)

When moving your geranium seedlings outdoors, you need to harden them off first, which simply means exposing them gradually to outdoor conditions. The daytime temperatures should be at least 70°F with nighttime temperatures not dropping below 55°F before you even think about moving them out. Set the pots or seedling trays in a shady, sheltered spot to begin with, leaving them out for half days at first, gradually increasing the time and slowly moving them into sunnier and less sheltered spots over a period of about two weeks. If they've been out overnight for two or three nights and they still look strong and healthy, they're ready for the garden or permanent outdoor placement. If nighttime temperatures happen to drop unexpectedly, simply cover them with a plant cover or sheet or move your potted plants into a greenhouse or cold-frame.

So now you know just about everything you could possibly want to know about starting geraniums from seed. We'd love to have you share your successes with us. Send pics!

As always, we wish you happy gardening, and in this instance, lots of gorgeous geraniums!

Why Serve Homemade Spreads?

Thursday, December 12th, 2013


Pumpkin butter is just one homemade spread that will make all your fall meals more memorable.  And, you can serve delicious homemade spreads without having to do any of the work!

If you have ever tasted store-bought apple butter, you may have found that it can fall quite short of the apple butter of your memory. Yes, we're talking about the apple butter your grandma might have served on warm, homemade bread or biscuits. Thick and naturally sweet with just the right amount of cinnamon spice, it was a terrific treat, and all the more special because you knew that grandma had taken the time to make it herself. You may have even been fortunate enough to be in the house when that unmistakable and heavenly aroma filled the airand you may have been rewarded with that first warm and wonderful spoonful, just before grandma put it in canning jars and processed it, sealing in all that flavor and goodness, ensuring you'd have homemade apple butter spread for the year to come.

And if you have never had homemade pumpkin butter, you are missing out! It's kind of like pumpkin pie in a jar! Creamy and spicy with that just right amount of sweetness, what it can do for plain old toast or a biscuit is nothing short of amazing. And pancakes? Oh my! It's like having dessert for breakfast! You can even add a dollop of whipped cream on top! The kids, including the grown-up ones, will be forever raving about the homemade pumpkin butter.

This is why we offer Jake & Amos Homemade Spreads. With recipes handed down through generations, these fruit-based homemade spreads are, in our opinion, the finest you can find. Literally homemade, Jake & Amos select the canning process that is best suited for each of their products, ensuring the exceptional flavor and homegrown quality so many try to duplicate but are unable to capture. The secret is the heart of all Jake & Amos products: it's the quality of the produce they begin with, all grown in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country on family farms, some of which are hundreds of years old.

homemade_apple_butterWe also carry some of the best-tasting homemade jams and jellies available. Made from generations-old Amish family recipes, Mrs. Miller's Homemade Jams and Jellies come in canning jars, just like they came right out of your kitchen! In fact, we are betting that if you were to do a blind taste test against any of your favorite jams or jellies, you, your family, your friends and even strangers on the street would choose the fresh flavors and textures of Mrs. Miller's.

You can choose from all of your standard favorites, like strawberry or black raspberry, but you also have your choice of more uncommon homemade recipes like Double Raspberry, a combination of black and red raspberries; Blueberry; Cherry; Elderberry; Red Currant; and Rhubarb-Strawberry. Try some of Mrs. Miller's Hot Pepper jelly, which pairs wonderfully with cream cheese and crackers, or any of the no sugar added recipes, with no artificial sweeteners or refined sugar.

You can, of course, serve our Homemade Spreads, Jams and Jellies at any time of the year, but right now, during the holidays, is the ideal time to serve something special for breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch or dessert. Your guests will definitely appreciate that little something extra.


Our 2014 Annuals Sale Is On!

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013






SAVE 10%


The green and purple Kermit petunia plant


We've added a bunch of new annual plants, like:

Our Aristo Black Beauty regal geranium, each gorgeous petal having a silver lining, making the whole plant look like it's lit with fiber optic light, even in partial shade.

And while we're talking about fiber optics, you should see our new sun-loving Kermit Purple Petunia. Impossible electric-green color outlines each bright magenta petal!

But we've got all of your old favorites too, like:

Our Raspberry Rum Alternanthera, which would be an ideal planting companion for either one of the new annual plants above.

And our Purple Plectranthus plant, a low-growing Swedish Ivy ideal for spilling and cascading from under your annuals in window boxes or containers, or as a garden-filling ground cover.


The burgundy aristo black beauty plant


So order your annuals now, and SAVE 10%!

Look forward to your plants' arrival on your doorstep just in time for spring planting.

It's like saving twice

Save nowand then again in the spring when you don't have to pay full price for your spring annuals.

Just enter ANNUALS13 at checkout

AndSAVE 10% through December 17.

It's a Christmas gift

you get to open in the spring!


The black and red Raspberry Rum Alternanthea plant


We'll even make it easy to give

to your favorite gardener:

Save 10% on our Gift Certificates, too.

They make perfect stocking stuffers!

Garden planning in December will make your spring especially bright!

Odds 'n EndsWhat Do YOU Need Covered?

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Wood_Pile_Cover_MYou've most likely seen the standard-type outdoor furniture and equipment covers, and may even already protect your most common outdoor lifestyle belongings with outdoor covers, but have you thought about covering your bicycle, your rotary mower or even your stack of firewood?

Just as outdoor protective covers extend the life of your patio sets, chairs, swings, benches, umbrellas and bar-b-q grills (saving hundreds of dollars over the lifetime of these items), our outdoor covers for odds 'n ends will protect those unusually shaped and just-as-expensive objects from dust and grime, and the weather.

For example, our bicycle cover, though designed specifically for bicycles, can also do double-duty as a cover for many oddly shaped items like children's outdoor toys, metal or wooden seasonal yard decorations, trellises or sculptures. Look around and we're sure you'll find at least one thing, and probably many things, that are well worth protecting with a bicycle cover.

Our wood pile covers and web-handled storage bags are also exceedingly versatile. Zippers and grommets keep the wind from sending your covers sailing across the yard; they keep the rain, dust and most critters out while protecting just about anything you can imagine, including your wood pile. The webbed handles on our storage bags mean you can hang them up and out of the way; they are even bonded with nylon for additional strength. Switch your most often-used seasonal treasures in and out of these handy, weatherproof storage bags.

Bicycle_Cover_MSome of our covers, like our ride-on-mower cover, are even vented at the top to prevent condensation from forming on the inside, with cord locks installed to keep the ties from loosening. The generous size will fit most ride-on lawn mowers, as well as a host of other outdoor items, like wheelbarrows, generators and table-mounted power tools.

Besides protecting the investment you've made in yard toys, equipment and furniture, using outdoor covers also makes everything appear so much neater. Rather than spokes, handlebars, pedals and any number of parts sticking out all over the place, collecting dust and cobwebs and becoming a playground or nesting place for mice or insects, each cover makes a neat, tidy, green package, all tied up with grommets, cords and zippers.

Pssstintroducing outdoor covers for odds 'n ends may even encourage some good old-fashioned garage or storage shed cleaning. That, in and of itself, would be an inspiring reason to invest in some of our outdoor covers.