Simply Family Magazine May 2009 : Page 14

When it comes to landscaping and gardening projects we’ve got what you are looking for! This Spring make Billings Hardware your destination for: • Annuals & Perennials • Jackson Perkins Roses • Vegetables • Landscaping Materials • and much more! Billings Hardware 3175 Grand Avenue (406) 652-3877 “We’re not your ordinary hardware store!” Your New Home Specialist! Rod Lorenz Broker Associate 869-2017 14 SIMPLYFAMILYMAGAZINE.COM “Honesty, integrity and reliability are very important to me and are quali- ties I’m convinced you will come to appreciate.” tomatoes, bush cucumbers, eggplants, let- tuce, bell peppers, even some varieties of zucchini! Herbs tend to be great container plants, as well. Try the following websites for online specials as well as lovely cata- logs to peruse for ideas and inspiration, and gardening information: There are literally dozens of seed and seedling plant companies out there – do a web search and find more! Most offer free catalogs. Be sure to look for plant varieties that can handle the Billings area USDA Plant Hardiness zone 4 weather; if the catalog doesn’t say, you can either contact the company directly for planting information, or go with another variety or company that is specific. Most planting zones in the USA are considerably higher/ warmer than our zone 4, so what might work for most of the states may not work in Montana. Likewise, some varieties that do very well here might not work in other states. Grandpre notes “The last frost date for Billings is May 15th. First frost date is September 22nd, with about 130 frost free growing days” although there are some areas with protected yards, or close to the Rimrock, that will experience zone 5 con- ditions with a slightly longer growing sea- son. This number of growing days “only limits some of the longer season varieties such as larger watermelon and sweet pota- toes.” she said. “It’s always prudent in our region to choose the faster maturing selec- tions of each variety we want to grow, for the most production time.” Billings Hardware on Grand Avenue is gearing up for their biggest season yet. Gardener should find an abundance of everything they will need for their grow- ing experiences, from seeds to seedlings, soils, compost and mulch, tools and fencing materials, as well as at least one friendly Master Gardener on staff to help with questions. According to store own- er TJ Comstock, “We are increasing the amount of vegetable plants by 35% this year; we’re anticipating a really big year. In terms of vegetable seed sales we’re MAY 2009

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