Entries by Katie Schwend

Traveling With Your Pets

As the holidays approach, many of you may be making plans to travel out of state or out of the country. Making arrangements for pets is one of the decisions you will have to make. Traveling by Car When traveling in a car, pets should always be secured either in a kennel, carrier, or strapped […]

Fresh Produce at Billings Hardware and Garden Center

Some say food is medicine, and great fresh produce certainly nourishes our bodies for optimal health. This weekend is the 8th Annual Produce Sale, Friday and Saturday, September 8th and 9th at the Billings Hardware Garden Center. Local growers will have the best fresh produce for you. Get there early as things sell out quickly. […]

How to Paint Like a Pro

Are you the type painter who just wants to get the job done? Or are you willing to take a few minutes to prepare the surface and assemble your tools before tackling a paint job. Painting Walls Let’s say you want to paint a rooms sheetrock or plaster walls that have been previously painted. You […]

Preparing Bird Houses for Winter

If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to clean out the bird houses in your yard. This will provide shelter during the winter for migrating birds or birds that stay through the winter and they won’t use a house with old nesting materials in it. Cleaning out old material also avoids disease that may […]

Preparing Garden Tools for Winter

If you have good garden tools, they will last you for years if you take the time to clean them properly before storing them away for the winter. Digging Tools Hose away any dirt or debris and scrub the metal with a stiff wire brush if necessary. Now is a good time to sharpen dull […]

Winter Gardening in Montana

Photo courtesy of premeditatedleftovers.com/gardening/frugal-ways-build-cold-frame Sounds crazy, but you can grow certain vegetables over the winter in Central Montana and if you are a very adventurous gardener, you can try it in the colder northern areas. The secret to having fresh produce from your garden all winter is protection from the cold, and growing vegetables that […]

Preparing Your Deck for Winter

Take a good look at your deck and check for any areas that need attention. You may have rough spots, splinters, cracked boards, or boards that need replacing. Clean -. Regardless of the condition, the first step is to give it a good cleaning with a pressure washer or a cleaning product made for wood […]

Prepare Your Lawn Now for Next Spring

You may be tired of mowing and welcoming the dormant winter lawn, but if you want a healthy, green, lush lawn next year, there are some things you need to do now. Mowing At this time of year, late summer and fall, grasses are storing up energy, moisture, and nutrients to keep them going through […]

Using Raised Beds in the Garden

Now is the time to start thinking about building raised flower and vegetable beds for next year. Building the beds is fairly simple and can be done in a couple of hours. The best size is either 3’X8’ or 4’X8’ or if you have the space 10-12 feet long side boards. Use 2” thick lumber. […]

Planting Perennial Seeds in Milk Jugs

Start saving your gallon milk jugs so you can plant perennial seeds for next spring. Here’s how it works. The clean milk jug acts like a mini-greenhouse for plants that drop their seeds in fall. These seeds, which in nature lay under the leaves and snow, need the cold period to germinate (cold stratification). You […]