Now is the time for Amaryllis

Amaryllisamaryllis easy to grow indoor bulb kit

  • Plant from October until the end of April.
  • Flowers bloomLate December until the end of June.
  • Flowering time is 7-10 weeks.

Of all flowering bulbs, amaryllis are the easiest to bring to bloom.  This can be accomplished indoors or out, and over an extended period of time. The amaryllis comes in many beautiful varieties including various shades of red, white, pink, salmon and orange.  There are also many striped and multicolored varieties, usually combining shades of pink or red with white.

Bulb Storage

Clean the bulb and place it in a cool (40-50 deg. F), dark place such as the crisper of your refrigerator for a minimum of 6 weeks. Caution: Do not store amaryllis bulbs in a refrigerator that contains apples, this will sterilize the bulbs. Store the bulbs for a minimum of 6 weeks. Planting

Plant bulbs in a nutritious potting compost, many are available pre-mixed.  Plant the bulb up to its neck in the potting compost, being careful not to damage the roots.  Press the soil down firmly to set the bulb securely in place after planting.

Placement and Watering

Plant the bulb, or place the potted bulb in a warm place with direct light since heat is necessary for the development of the stems.  The ideal temperature is 68 to 70 degrees F.  Water sparingly until the stem appears, then, as the bud and leaves appear, gradually water more.  At this point, the stem will grow rapidly and flowers will develop after it has reached full growth.


Bulbs will usually flower in 7-10 weeks.  In winter, the flowering time will be longer than in spring.  To achieve continuous bloom, plant at intervals of 2 weeks for stunning color in your home or garden.



Durable workwear for outdoors

carhartt-jeans-imageMADE IN THE USA

Since 1997, more than 600 textile factories have closed in the U.S. Today, less than 2% of the apparel purchased in the U.S. is actually made in the U.S.

Carhartt gear is part of that 2%.

Since 1998, Carhartt has made 57 million pieces of apparel in the U.S. and everything Carhartt makes is designed in Dearborn, Michigan.

Carhartt employs 2,300 American workers and more than 1,000 UFCW union members. The “Made in the USA” line is inspired by American workers and features seven of their most iconic garments. This line is built in four factories in Kentucky and Tennessee.

In 2012, Carhartt purchased 16 million pounds of U.S. cotton from Mt. Vernon mills in Georgia. That’s enough American cotton to cover more than 16,000 football fields.

Jobs can be dangerous. Whether it’s fire safety or high visibility, the Carhartt flame-resistant clothing is the best. The flame-resistant  fr outerwear, fr shirts, pants, footwear, and accessories for men is innovative, legendary, and technologically advanced while remaining either NFPA 2112 or 70E compliant. So whether you’re looking for a FR shirt to keep you safe or a FR canvas hood, the flame-resistant clothing is designed to keep you comfortable, safe and optimize performance on the jobsite.


Choosing a Leaf Blower

General facts about Husqvarna leaf blowers

There is a wide range of features available to provide specific solutions for specific needs. Consider the following:

  1. If keeping noise to a minimum is a top priority, look for a blower with noise dampening technology. Husqvarna’s 356BT backpack blower is especially designed to emit low noise, enabling you to work without concern in residential areas. Alternatively, the 436LiB cordless battery powered blower is quiet and easy to use, while giving you commercial-duty performance.
  2. For professional landscapers, durability and productivity are a must. Husqvarna’s Air Injection™ centrifugal air cleaning system reduces wear and extends the operating time between filter cleanings.
  3. Ergonomic design is important for anyone working with a blower for an extended period. Our Low Vib® technology provides effective anti-vibration dampeners that absorb vibration, minimizing the stress on your arms and hands.
  4. Protecting the environment is our mutual interest and concern. Husqvarna’s X-TORQ® engine technology on gas blower models reduce harmful exhaust emissions by up to 75% and increases fuel efficiency by up to 20%. Battery powered models produce no emissions and doesn’t require money spent on gas. That’s good for the environment and your wallet.
  5. All Husqvarna leaf blowers are cordless, allowing you to move around freely. Not having to use an extension cord gives you a big advantage in hard to reach places like rooftops and gutters. Handheld cordless electric blowers are easier to operate, lighter and quieter. Gas blowers usually provide you with more power and attachment options depending on the model.

“Take The Challenge”

You’ll notice something big when you walk in the door at Billings Hardware this year, “Kona’s Corner”. Our Pet/Outdoor Animal department has gone through a much needed growth spurt. We’re introducing dog and cat food, expanded our current line of bird feed, increased grooming products, and have added more toys, beds, and treats than you can throw a ball at.

One of the lines we’ve brought in is Blue Buffalo. BLUE™ is made with only the finest natural ingredients plus the active nutrients and antioxidants of our exclusive, cold-formed LifeSource®Bits.

You’ll be surprised to know that many of the well-known pet food brands contain ingredients like chicken by-product meal or poultry by-product meal, corn, wheat, soy or artificial preservatives. When you compare dog food or compare cat food, we think you’ll find BLUE is a better choice–one that you can feel good about giving your beloved four-legged family member.

Now, lets meet the rest of the line-up;

What does NutriSource® Super Premium Nutritrion Mean To Your Pet?

Made With Real Chicken or real Lamb as the #1 Ingredient and is made with a highly digestible Rice, Barley, and Oatmeal formula. NutriSource offers balanced Omega 3 & 6 nutrition, natural anti-oxidants, vitamin C and is naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, which are a source of vitamin E.

You also won’t find the corn or by-product fillers that can be found in other cat and dog foods.

Taste of the Wild is great for animals on a grain-free diet, and serves up animal protien sources such as, roasted quail, duck bison and venison or smoked turkey and salmon.

You’ll also find fomrulas loaded with tomatoes, blueberries and raspberries, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and chelated minerals. The unique formulas aid in immunity, healthy digestive systems, skins, and coats.

Our Last line is;

Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance;

Natural Balance Pet Food is the finest food you can buy for your pet, and no matter which of our products you use, you can be assured that it is truly The Food For a Lifetime. We offer our Ultra Premium Dog and Cat Foods, Vegetarian, Allergy Dog and Cat Formulas and our Organic Formula for Dogs.