Last Minute Date Ideas to Ensure a Winning Valentine’s Day

by RainF 12. February 2015 12:21

Valentine's Day
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The countdown has begun. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and you are determined to make the day special. Dinner and a movie sounds like a solid idea, but all of the good restaurant reservations have been snagged. Not to worry. We have nine last minute Valentine’s date ideas that are sure to impress.

Bowling

Nothing says true love like a little healthy competition. If you’re looking for a ridiculously good time, look no further than your local bowling alley. We dare you not to laugh as you lace up some goofy bowling shoes and nail your first gutter ball. Create a silly wager for the loser and make sure to keep it fun.

Pottery Painting

We know what you are thinking, but hear us out. A paint-it-yourself art studio is a great way to spend some quality time together as a couple. And there are plenty of pottery options outside of tea cups and kitten statues. We’re partial to cereal bowls or coffee mugs in our favorite team’s colors. The best part? You’ll walk away with not only great memories but also a fantastic memento.

Hiking

Mountain Hiking
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Lets face it, Valentine’s Day can get expensive. Between the gifts, the flowers, and the fancy dinners, February 14 can put quite the dent in your wallet. Instead, throw on your favorite walking shoes and head out into the great outdoors. Scenic hikes make for a unique date idea that you are sure to remember. Whether you live in the city, a quiet neighborhood or the middle of nowhere, there are plenty of places for you and your Valentine to explore. Protip: Pack a picnic to enjoy in a quiet spot.

Tasting Room

From your local winery or craft beer brewery, to vodka and whisky distilleries, tasting rooms are everywhere these days. Even Starbucks offers a coffee tasting room.Take your love out to sample a few beverages where you’ll learn about the process, the perfect food pairings and their drink of choice. Knowing their favorite wine or beer is also a great way to score points on future occasions.

Miniature Golf

Grab some knickerbockers and brush up on those CaddyShack references. It’s time to hit the links. Well, mini golf that is. Spend some quality time outdoors with your loved one and try to beat their score with this classic date idea. Make some bets before you play to keep things interesting. For a throwback experience, look for a place that has mini-golf, batting cages and go-carts to create a triathlon of events for your day.

Museum

How about getting lost in the world of culture for a few hours? The only planning required is picking the museum. Remember to keep it light and fun. Enjoy some romance under the stars at a planetarium, trade opinions at the modern art museum or marvel over the latest science exhibit. No matter your preference you’ll get to take a leisurely stroll hand-in-hand with unique backdrops.

Paintball


Maybe some heart pumping action is more your speed. Feed your inner instincts and boost your adrenaline with a couple rounds of paintball. It’s fun. It’s energizing. And who wouldn’t love the opportunity to blast your significant other with red paint, without any ill consequences? There are tons of paintball fields around the US with all of the equipment you will need. Check out PBNationfor the closest field to you.

Game Night

Who says you have go out to have a good time? Try a game night with a twist. Instead of playing Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit for the 100th time, break out the old video game system. Anything that starts with SEGA or Nintendo will do. If your’s hasn’t stood the test of time, play them on your computer.Visit old friends like Mario, Sonic and Pacman. Throw in a pizza for dinner and spend the night showing your partner why you made them your player 2!

Kitchen Showdown

Still have your heart set on dinner? How about a little kitchen showdown? Prepare two baskets with some of your Valentine’s all-time favorite ingredients. Throw in at least one “challenge” ingredient to test your skills. Spend an hour cooking and vote on the best meal. But the real prize? Having fun in the kitchen together.

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Invest in Your Home: 4 Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

by RainF 26. January 2015 05:25

Tax season is officially open. For many of us, thats one step closer to receiving a refund check! Last year the average tax refund was $2,860, leaving many Americans with a substantial chunk of change in their pocket. While dreams of a lavish vacation or shopping spree are easy to give into, we recommend investing your hard earned money into something with a better return on your investment, your home. Here are four smart ways to spend your tax refund this season.

Energy efficient appliances

Consider upgrading some of your outdated appliances with ones that are more energy efficient. Many homeowners are deterred by the upfront cost of new appliances, but switching to energy efficient appliances can save a family a couple hundred dollars every year.

Energy Efficient Savings

Lower utility bills easily offset the upfront cost in just a few years, and can lead to some major long-term savings. In addition, there are a lot of Energy Star rebatesand federal incentivesyou can take advantage of to help reduce the price of your new shiny appliances.

Garage parking

If your home doesn’t have an attached garage, consider building a steel garage to shelter your vehicle. Not only can this addition help keep your car clean and protected, but may actually provide you with a discount on your car insurance.

Three Door Steel Garage

With customizable features like door styles, windows, and colors, a steel garagecan be built to match your home and fit your individual needs. No more parking on the street.

Home repairs

Tax refund time is the perfect opportunity to complete a few repairs around the house that you may have been putting off. From minor repairs like cracked tiles, to more major renovations like a leaky roof, fixing up your home not only improves your quality of life, but is essential for maintaining the resale value.

Energy Efficient Window Install

Consider replacing windows with more energy efficient models, or adding weatherstripping and caulk to existing windows, to reduce air leakage and further lower your utility bills. More cosmetic home improvement activities to think about are repainting rooms, refinishing hardwoods or upgrading your faucets.

Landscaping

Backyard Landscaping

Upping the curb appeal of your home through landscaping is a great investment and is sure to keep your neighbors happy. Don’t limit yourself to just a few new shrubs. Patios and pathways are a great way to ensure that you and your family get a lot of usage out of your yard. Add a nice trellis and an herb garden to go with your grill, and you have a wonderful place to spend your weekends. Check out websites like Home Advisorfor even more landscaping ideas, as well as the average cost for each project.

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Home Gadget Highlights from CES 2015

by RainF 13. January 2015 11:15

At Probuilt Steel, we’re dedicated to improving your homes with our custom steel building creations. However, we’re always excited about the new items that come out of the yearly Consumer Electronics Show. This year was no different.

Jan 6-9 was a great start to the 2015 year. Companies from around the world revealed their best new consumer technologies expected to come out during the year. Last year we wrote about a few of the latest home technologies. This year it seems that 2015 might be the year of the smart home. With almost every vendor showcasing a home device to make your life easier, from automating the simplest of tasks to connecting everything to your smartphone, it’s just a matter of time until we see our homes transforming into something out of The Jetsons.

Below are our favorite takeaways from CES 2015:

Home Automation

The idea of controlling your home from one central device has been a dream of many since our imaginations were sparked during the opening scene of Back To The Future. The major players to look towards in the coming months are Samsung and Apple.

Samsung’s SmartThings - “The SmartThings app and Hub will connect various compatible devices in your home by providing you with home security, simplicity and endless automation ideas.”


SmartThings, a home automation solution for the average home consumer, is incredibly simple to use and has a solid partner relationship with home product manufacturers. From Kwikset door locks to SmartSense Home Security kits, you’ll be able to control your security from the touch of your mobile device. Coupled with the announcement of their home-monitoring service, it’s looking like a strong competitor in the market. SmartThings is available now starting at $99 for the Hub.

Apple HomeKit - “HomeKit is a framework introduced in iOS 8 to connect home devices and control them from a central area.”


HomeKit will help connect Apple devices with your home, everything from monitoring your thermostat, to locking your front door and setting the alarm, all from your Apple device. The big unveil at this year’s CES were the number of HomeKit partner vendors that showed off their toys. The grand reveal from Apple was that the Apple TV will become a hub for remote Siri control when you’re away. HomeKit is available on most current iOS 8 devices (iPhone or iPad) and will be able to control HomeKit developed home devices with Siri voice commands. A few notable devices we saw that integrate with HomeKit’s Siri commands are Schlage’s Sense smartlock and the iDevices Switch. With these devices, you’ll be able to tell Siri to open or lock doors that have smartlock attached or remotely control any electronic device plugged into the iDevices Outlet.

Smart Appliances

There’s no greater joy in today’s society than finding WiFi enabled home appliances, right? Being WiFi connected can only go so far in terms of practicality. Our favorite technologies incorporated smart ways to reinvent tried and true appliances.

LG’s Twin Wash washing machines - WiFi connectivity helps you keep track of your laundry while you're running around the house and alerts you when you need to move it to the dryer. But the best feature is the ability to wash two loads of laundry at the same time with the main washer on top and a secondary one in the bottom that slides out for a second load. No more waiting to do separate loads of whites and darks. You can do them at the same time without worrying about bleeding colors.


However, there’s one question that has crossed many individual’s minds. What do you do when have to dry both loads with one standard dryer? Hopefully LG has a twin drying system coming soon to complement this washing machine.

Anova Precision Cooker - Sous vide cooking has been around for many years and is predominantly seen in high-end gastronomy style restaurants. Anova brings that same high-end style of cooking into your home. Using the specially created app, you will be able to call up recipes and Anova will start and track the cooking process of your meal.


This sous vide device is available now for $179.

There are a ton of amazing innovations that came out of CES 2015. These were the fun gadgets our staff liked the most. If you’re interested in learning more about what happened at CES you can check out their site - http://www.cesweb.org

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How to Store Your RV for the Winter

by RainF 22. December 2014 06:56

After a long season of RV adventures, its time to protect your investment. Properly storing your home away from home takes a little bit of work, but is essential to maintain your RV’s condition for years to come. For most of us, RV storage prep occurs just prior to its winter slumber. The first step is to winterize. If you have not already, take a minute to read our post all about winterizing. Once this is complete, it’s time to prepare for storage.

Our convenient checklist breaks down the steps to make the storage process simple and pain-free. As always, consult your RV user manual for additional storage tips specific to your vehicle.

RV Storage Checklist

Interior

  • Remove perishable food items
  • Defrost fridge and freezer
  • Clean fridge and add a deodorizer
  • Remove dirty linens or blankets
  • Clean or replace cabin air filters
  • Clean the interior cabin
  • Open all cabinets, drawers, interior doors and fridge
  • Close all blinds
  • Close or cover outside exhaust ports (stove hood, A/C and furnance)
  • Place moisture absorbers
  • Turn off and unplug all electrical and propane items
  • Disconnect the battery and propane tanks and store safely
  • Set pest traps
Clean RV Interior

Exterior

  • Place wheel blocks to lock the RV in place
  • Check doors and windows for damage
  • Lubricate or replace weather stripping, if needed
  • Install RV tire covers
  • Add fuel stabilizer to the gas tank
  • Fill gas tank to max level
  • Check and top off engine fluid levels
  • Wash, wax and dry the exterior
  • Cover with a RV carport or breathable tarp
RV under steel cover

Regular preventative measures are always superior to enormous maintenance costs. Take the time to care for and store your RV correctly to ensure it will be around for many years to come.

For your convenience, we’ve created a downloadable PDF version of our checklist that you can access from your mobile device or print. Feel free to share if you found it helpful!

RV Storage Steps PDF

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Quick Guide to Winterize Your RV

by RainF 19. December 2014 08:44

Winter weather has landed and this typically calls for the end of RV Camping season. During this time many people park their RVs next to their home and forget about it till the next season. However, if you don’t take the time to properly winterize your RV, then it may not see the next summer without dire repairs.

So why should you take the time to winterize your RV? It’s so the plumbing won’t freeze and explode from the expansion of ice in the lines. Just like a normal home, if you keep your plumbing dormant during freezing months without any preventative action, then you’ll see the same exploded plumbing results.

As you can see we’ve highlighted the 5 major major steps when winterize your RV. Below is an illustration of the steps on a standard RV. Not all RV’s are built the same so we advise you to read your user manual as you follow along.
5 Steps Winterize RV

  1. You'll want to drain the fresh water tank, gray and black holding tanks completely.

  2. Once the tanks are drained, you'll want to clean the gray and black holding tanks with a cleaning wand or flush them with a cleaning solution thoroughly.

  3. Drain the hot water tank.

  4. Run compressed air at 30 psi or recommended on your RV through the water lines to completely drain the faucets, showers and toilets of remaining water.

  5. Pump RV specific anti-freeze (pink in color) through all the water lines. Run the faucets, showers and toilets till pink antifreeze comes through.

Below we've found a great video resource that goes through all the steps in detail for winterizing your RV:

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Storage Solutions For Homeowners - Buying Vs. Renting

by RainF 11. December 2014 08:19

Most homeowners feel like they could use a little extra storage space. The popularity of television shows like Hoarders demonstrates a general fear of clutter and the disastrous results when things get out of control. If you are anything like us, watching these shows immediately spurs us to go organize something. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place to store the mile of Christmas lights you just put up on your house, or your old ski equipment that you are sure you will use again some day? A dedicated storage area would not only mean less clutter in your house, but better overall organization and most importantly, more living space.

Cluttered Home

One popular solution to the clutter problem is renting an offsite storage unit. Unfortunately, it also comes at a significant monthly cost. To rent a 10’ x 20’ unit for all of your prized possessions, you could spend as much as $150 to $250 every month. In addition, an offsite storage unit is, by definition, not on your property. This means that every time you want to transfer something you must pack up and load all of your items into a vehicle, drive to the nearest storage facility, and unload all of your items, all during the facility’s operating hours. And unless you have a giant truck or trailer, this could mean multiple trips.

The value of an offsite storage unit is further diminished when you think about how motivated you might be to drive to your unit, just to pull out one or two items. The inconvenience, paired with the old saying “out of sight, out of mind,” might mean your items go completely unused. The sad truth is, by trying to avoid a hoarders scenario, you are just storing more and more stuff without being able to easily utilize it. The solution is simple, convenient, cost-effective and increases your property value: a customized storage unit in your own yard.


The idea of building a storage building instead of renting an off site unit can be a little daunting at first, but if you have the space it can turn out to be a great investment. The main reason that many homeowners opt for renting an offsite storage unit rather than building one on their property is the upfront cost. $250 vs a couple thousand seems like a no-brainer, but as those monthly bills keep coming, it will quickly become clear that long-term you will spend a ridiculous amount more for that rental unit. For those who have convinced themselves that they will only need a storage unit for a short amount of time, it is highly unlikely that you will ever want to go back to a cluttered home again and purging hard earned items is much easier said then done.

Best of all, backyard storage buildings are super convenient. Unlike a rental, you wont have to drive anywhere. All of your items are only steps away, giving you easy access to anything and everything. With that level of convenience, maybe you will actually go on that ski trip this year. A backyard storage building is the ideal solution to your storage needs, providing storage for life, while saving you an incredible amount of time and money.

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Fry This On for Size - How to Fry a Turkey

by BurtonH 21. November 2014 04:46

The leaves have changed. The air is cool. Your house is full. The game is on, and you can smell apple pie. This can only mean one thing. It’s time for Thanksgiving!

Everyone has their own Thanksgiving traditions whether it’s getting together to watch the Macy’s Day Parade or planning for a full night of shopping, but the biggest tradition is the turkey. Turkey is the staple of every Thanksgiving meal. The National Turkey Federation estimates that Americans eat approximately 46 million turkeys every Thanksgiving. The traditional method of preparing turkey is to bake it in the oven, but more and more families are ditching the oven and deep frying their birds.

Deep frying a turkey is a delicious alternative to oven baked and takes less time to cook. Before you go off and drop a frozen turkey into a fryer there are some specific safety steps you need to follow. We’ll go over everything you’ll need to know to make your foray into frying as foolproof as possible.

Preparation

There are a few key things that you will need. First and most important is the turkey. It is recommended that for every guest you should make about 1.5 lbs of turkey. Be prepared, my guest list tends to grow significantly when family hears that we are deep frying our turkey. Next you need something to cook in. Many stores sell kits that have everything you need, but the essentials are a large pot, a basket to hold the bird in the pot, a rod for lowering the basket, a burner, a thermometer, and a propane tank to fuel the burner.

Next up is the oil. Peanut oil is the standard as it tends to stay clear the longest and can cook hotter than other oils. If you aren’t able to use peanut oil, vegetable or cotton seed oil work as well. Make sure to also have a pair of thick oven mitts, a jacket with heavy sleeves to protect your arms, and a fire extinguisher just to be safe.

Location

Now that you have all of your supplies you’ll want to find the perfect spot for cooking. Never attempt to fry a turkey inside your home or enclosed space. The perfect spot will have clear spaces above and around you. Make sure that the spot you pick is on level ground, you do not want your pot to tip over. Lastly you’ll want to pick a spot that’s not in the middle of the action. With all of the commotion it could be easy for the turkey to get knocked over.

Turkey Time

Once you get home with your turkey you’ll want to prepare it for it’s oil bird bath. Make sure that you remove all of the giblets, plastic pieces and leg holders. If you’ve bought a frozen turkey you’ll need to give it ample time to thaw out in the refrigerator. NEVER put a frozen turkey in the frier.

In order to know exactly how much oil you’ll need fill your frying pot with water and place the turkey in the water. This will give you an idea of how high the oil will rise once you place the turkey inside. Pour out or add water so that the turkey is completely submerged and there are about 3-4 inches of space for the oil to bubble. Remove the turkey and mark the spot. Now you will know exactly how much oil to add. Dump out the water and dry the pot thoroughly. Finish your turkey prep by seasoning or injecting your turkey with any flavorings that you want and thoroughly patting it dry.

Frying

Lets get frying! Fill the pot with oil to the spot that you previously measured, and turn the burner on. Once the burner is on never leave the oil unattended. You’ll want to heat the oil to about 360 degrees. With the oil at a consistent temperature, turn the burner off and get ready to put the turkey in. Put on your jacket and mitts, and place the turkey in the basket so that the cavity is facing the ground. With the rod slowly lower the turkey into the pot. This is one of the most dangerous points so be sure to remain calm and whatever you do don’t drop the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is completely submerged in the oil, turn the burner back on. Note that the temperature will drop considerably when you first put the turkey in the pot. Monitor the oil temperature closely to keep it as close to 350 degrees as possible.

Cooking time will vary, but as a rule of thumb for every pound of turkey you should add 3 minutes of cook time. Use your meat thermometer inserted under the thigh to check for doneness. Once the meat has reached 160 degrees turn off the burner and slowly remove the turkey from the pot. Place the basket into a large pan to prevent oil from dripping and bring your beautiful fried bird into the kitchen. Carve and serve, just watch out for squirting juices.

Turkey Weight

Cooking Time

10lb Turkey 30:00 Minutes
12lb Turkey 36:00 Minutes
14lb Turkey 49:00 Minutes
16lb Turkey 56:00 Minutes
18lb Turkey 63:00 Minutes
20lb Turkey 70:00 Minutes

This table serves as a guideline, always make sure to properly check the temperature of the turkey before serving

Clean Up

The turkey may be done, but the job’s not over yet. There’s still about 3 gallons of hot oil to deal with. The best thing to do is keep the pot in a safe place so it can cool completely. This can take a while, potentially overnight. Once cooled, the first thing you should do is transfer the frying pot to a safe area like a steel storage building. If you plan on reusing the oil then you'll need to filter out any residual turkey. This can get a bit messy so it's easiest to do it in a place that's easy to clean. You can also reach out to local restaurants or mechanic shops as they will typically have a container for properly disposing of used oil. Most counties will have guidelines on how to dispose of food oil, and many will actually turn your leftover oil into biofuels for public transportation.

Once you’ve dealt with the oil you’ll need to clean out the frying pot. Chances are there is still some lingering oil left in the pot. Don’t try to clean the pot in your kitchen sink as the leftover oil can cause blockage in your pipes. Because cooking oils are biodegradable you can rinse out any residual oil with a hose and then leave your pot to air dry in your steel building.

Congratulations you’ve fried your first turkey! Now sit back and enjoy the time with friends and family. Hopefully you’ve made enough turkey to enjoy my favorite part of the holiday, leftover turkey sandwiches.

What is Red Iron Steel?

by RainF 18. November 2014 07:28

Red iron steel or structural steel is one of most used steel types for buildings around the world. The most common shape is the I-Beam style (shown below) that provides incredible strength and durability making it ideal for long lasting structures with wide-open spaces.

Red Iron Steel Frame Building

These are the top characteristics that make red iron steel popular in the construction industry:

Rust Resistant

Red iron steel is made to resist rusting over the life of its usefulness. This is accomplished by coating the steel with iron oxide to create a barrier that prevents water from having contact with the steel. Adding iron oxide also gives the steel its unique red color, hence red iron steel.

Fire Resistant

Unlike wooden structured buildings, steel is naturally fire resistant as the material is non-combustible. This is important when you’re concerned about storing volatile items. The decreased fire risk could also help reduce your insurance costs.

Termite Resistant

Red iron steel is championed as one of the best building materials for standing the test of time. One of the major factors is its ability to resist decay and insects. Termites are one of the main enemies of any wooden structure, forming colonies in the wood that eat away at the structure until it literally falls apart. With steel, termites and other bugs are of no concern.

Green Building Material

Steel is one of the most sustainable building materials in the world. This is because almost all steel contains recycled materials. It can constantly be recycled over and over to produce the same high quality steel used in construction.

Wide-open Spaces

The strength of steel is immediately evident when you step inside our buildings. You’ll notice wide-open spaces with no load bearing pillars or supports. This is because steel has a high tensile strength and can support the load of a building from just the frame. This provides excellent building utility for anything from storing farm equipment to an airplane hanger.

Red Iron Steel

At Probuilt Steel Buildings, we have both red iron and tubular steel structures on our lot. Both are high quality and durable building materials for any steel structure. The biggest difference is scalability. Tubular steel is ideal for smaller structures as it’s modular and lighter weight. While a great material, the use of red iron for larger structures will help reduce costs while maintaining the same strength and quality of tubular steel since you’ll be using less materials overall.

Barns, industrial storage buildings and aircraft hangers are the typical choice, however, you can make any building with red iron steel. If you want to create a custom building with red iron steel, give us a call or send us a message. We want to help customize your next steel building!

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Steel Hunting Cabins Double as Zombie Refuge

by chelseab 28. October 2014 12:34

The world is in turmoil. The dead have risen, and are hungry for human flesh. No one knows how, know one knows why, but zombies now walk among us. The cities are overrun, and nowhere seems safe. You then realize you know of a place that is in a secluded area, a place the dead cannot breach, a place near food and water. That place is your steel hunting cabin.

Zombies in the Woods

Far from populated areas, these buildings offer a secure refuge from the zombie horde. Since they are already used for hunting trips, you can be confident that natural food sources are nearby. You can also rest easy knowing that neither wild animals nor looters will be able to take your valuable supplies. And because you are well prepared, your cabin is stocked!

When it comes to low maintenance, zombie-proof structures, steel is ideal. Fire-resistant, insect-proof and featuring a 20-year rust free warranty, steel structures provide peace of mind in an otherwise catastrophic time. If you don’t already own a steel hunting cabin and want to be uber-prepared, customize one with no windows and multiple reinforced steel doors. The doors, which can be outfitted with five point locking mechanisms, allow for multiple quick escape routes. If you do find yourself in a situation where your steel structure has become completely surrounded, don’t panic! These buildings are practically impenetrable by zombies, giving you time to safely wait it out. Zombies are easily distracted and will move on to other prey in no time.

Looking Down Gun Scope in Forest

Hunting cabins are ideal during apocalypse scenarios because they are often fully stocked with all types of weaponry, ammunition, tools and supplies. A seasoned hunter will surely have accumulated a variety of weapons, including rifles, shotguns, knives, and maybe even a crossbow. If Daryl from the Walking Dead has taught us anything, it’s that taking down a zombie with a crossbow is completely badass. In addition to weapons, make sure your cabin is always ready with stocks of nonperishable food, water, bedding, battery-operated radios, self-powered flashlights, sanitation & first aid supplies, a change of clothes and at least one detailed map. If you have ever stayed a few nights in your hunting cabin, it probably already has most of these items.

In ground booby trap

For those of you looking to take your zombie preparedness to the next level, add an additional room to your hunting cabin for advanced defenses like bear traps, large spikes, or trip mines. When it comes to a zombie-filled future, no one can be too prepared. And if that zombie apocalypse never comes to be, your survival structure is equally suited to escape teenaged daughters, work deadlines or tax season.

Happy Halloween!

 

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Fall Bulbs for Spring Color

by chelseab 10. October 2014 04:29

Fall is officially here. Even Florida noticed its presence over the weekend with “chilly” temperatures in the low 50’s. The leaves are starting to change, football season is in full swing, and holiday decorations have already infiltrated our stores.

So its time to pack up your gardening supplies for the year, right? Wrong! Fall is the perfect time to start thinking about your spring flower garden.  Some of our favorite spring flowers like lilies, daffodils and tulips are actually bulbs planted the autumn before.

Fall Bulbs for Planting

Planting bulbs is the perfect project for everyone from experienced gardeners to the blackest of thumbs. The only trick is getting them in the ground six weeks before the ground freezes, which in most parts of the US is right about now.

Bulbs require a long period of cool temperatures to spark the flowering process, but need time to develop strong roots before a freeze. This usually equates to planting when evening temperatures average 40 to 50 degrees. If you are like us, living in Florida, it might still be a while before the ground is cool. Some bulbs, like lilies, ranunculus and daffodils, are hearty enough to be planted directly in the ground once it cools off. Just store them in your garage or storage shed for up to a month or two.

Tip #1

Keep the labels with your bulbs. It is virtually impossible to tell a yellow ranunculus bulb from a white one until it has bloomed.


Roll Door Garage for Storage

Other bulbs, like tulips, hyacinths and crocus, will need to be pre-chilled before planting if you live in a warm winter region. Just stick them in a refrigerator set to the standard temperature of 40 to 50 degrees, for at least six weeks. A loose brown paper bags works great to store them in the back of a fridge.

Tip #2

Keep bulbs away from ripening fruit. The fruit gives off ethylene gas that will kill the flower.


Planting Fall Bulbs for Spring Flowers

Bulbs can be planted anywhere in your garden where there is good drainage and some sun. Keep in mind; your trees will have a lot fewer leaves in early spring so you will have sun in places you might not be used to. Don’t be afraid to get creative with where you plant. Just dig a small hole and plant the bulb with the pointy side up. This is a great project for small children. Large bulbs should be planted about 8 inches deep, while smaller ones can be planted 5 inches deep. And don’t worry about fertilizer, bulbs provide their own food.

Make sure they get water at least once a week and in a few months you will have a vibrant flower garden that is the envy of the block. 
Go get planting!

Spring Flowers Growing Along a Fence

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