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Start the Garden Season at a Seed Swap

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Jan, 11, 2017 @ 18:01 PM



SeedSwapDaylogo.jpgWinter may not seem to be the ideal time for most people to think about their gardens. However this time of year, savvy gardeners are busy planning and preparing for the upcoming growing season. Including attending a local seed swap for seeds during National Seed Swap Day on 1/28/17.

There is more than seeds at a seed swap event. You'll find educational session from expert gardeners and horticulturists who share great tips and ideas for confident gardening. If you want to learn more about attending one in your area, join us for our first live streaming #plantchat on 1/16.  We'll have a live Q&A with Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener Magazine

Win Corona Tools and SeedKeeper Deluxe


IMG_5303.jpgA great way to learn how to grow is through asking questions. Just take a look at the topic highlights in the Discussion Overview below and submit  your question at the end of this post in the comments. Want to know how to find a seed exchange in your zone? Or maybe how do you start your own local seed swap?  You can also ask your question during the chat.

We'll pick the best question  to win an  amazing seed starting and saving package from Corona Tools.  It features Corona's ComfortGEL® garden hand tools (trowel, transplanter, extra large scoop), curved snips for thinning seedlings and  our printed guide, Principles of Planting.  You'll also need a great way to store seeds throughout the year,  which is made easy with a SeedKeeper Deluxe kit. The combined set is shipped from Corona follwoing the live event. ($85 value) .

You're Invited to Join Us Live

Join @CoronaTools and guest , Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener, for the first live streaming #plantchat. Tune in here 1/16/17 at 11AM PT/ 2PM ET to watch or register now on Huzza  to ask your questions live! Since 2014, Plantchat is where we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticulturalists each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture.

Discussion Overview  

Share your thoughts and takeaway great information  including:

  • What is National Seed Swap Day - Hear how it got started and grown.
  • How to Find Good Seeds – learn how and where to get good quality seeds that you can grow with confidence.
  • Tips for Seed Starting and Saving – discover methods to help grow seeds and properly save them.
  • Truths and Myths About Seeds – from organic vs. non-organic  to  GMOs, here's what you should know about seeds.
  • Find Your Local Seed Swap – tips for finding your local seed swap.

Join the Conversation

Plantchat logo on Corona Tools

Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and live streaming event. Register on Huzza or watch it on Facebook on the new #Plantchat Page.  One the broadcast begins, you can post questions and share your own tips and what has worked for you.

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on social networks to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the  Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, seeds

Grow Daffodil Bulbs with Confidence

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Thu, Oct, 06, 2016 @ 17:10 PM


daffodils_on_plantchat.pngIt's that time of year when gardeners everywhere start planting bulbs to produce amazing flowers in Spring. On the next  #plantchat, 10/17, we'll dive into  the specifics of daffodils bulbs, varieties and tips for growing them with confidence.


The   American Horticultural Society and  Longfield Gardens will be sharing their knowledge and how-to tips for growing one of Spring's most beloved bulb flowers. We will also be awarding prizes during this #plantchat including the Longfield Gardens  Golden Glow Collection and a Corona ComfortGEL® trowel and transplanter with integrated depth gauges for precise bulb planting!  Here's how  you can win  one of these great prizes.


Win Longfield Bulbs and Corona Tools
  

ComfortGELTrowel3214.jpgA great way to learn how to grow is through asking questions. Just take a look at the topic highlights in the Discussion Overview below and submit  your question at the end of this post. Want to know which bulbs grow best in your zone? Or what should you do with daffodil bulbs once they have bloomed? You can also ask your question during the chat.

The experts will be on hand and answer all your questions live. We'll announce the lucky winner of the Longfield Gardens Golden Glow Collection and Corona garden tools during the chat. So come join us and hopefully see you name in tweets!

You're Invited to Tweet  

Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, American Horticultural SocietyDigital Communications Manager,  Charlotte Germane and Vivieka Neveln,  tweeting as  @AHS_Gardening, and special guests Kathleen LaLiberte and Marlene Thompson of Longfield Gardens tweeting as @LFGardens . Our topic is Growing Daffodil Bulbs with Confidence. The live chat begins Monday, October 17, 2106 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET, where we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview  

Share your thoughts and takeaway great information  including:

  • When and How to Plant Daffodils  – tips for when to plant bulbs and proper planting methods.
  • Selecting  Daffodils – learn what the difference is between narcissus and jonquils varieties.
  • Bulb size relates to number of blooms – understand how size determines the number of stems many blooming stems.
  • Container Daffodils – growing in daffodils in containers creates brings bursts of Spring throughout the garden and patio.
  • Best Daffodils for Naturalizing – discover which cultivars multiply quickly and lead to more blooms.

Join the Conversation

Plantchat logo on Corona Tools

Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, AHS

Tips for Growing Roses With Confidence in Your Garden

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Thu, May, 26, 2016 @ 14:05 PM

roses_on_Corona_Tools.jpgIf you have ever felt growing roses is too difficult or you just can't do it, we have a boost of Corona Confidence that will make anyone a success when growing and caring for roses. Here are some easy tips you can use to grow them from America’s Favorite Rose Gardener, Chris Van Cleave. He's the co-host of Rosechat Radio, and known on Twitter as @redneckrosarian, and shared his 3 top tips for growing good roses.

We also want to hear your favorite tip for growing roses successfully, which could win you an exclusive Corona Tools Rose Care Kit. Just check out the details following Chris' tips for how to submit your tip for a chance to win!

3 Top Tips by America's Favorite Rose Gardener Chris Van Cleave

ChrisVanCleave-.jpg1 - Select the right rose for you

  • Knowing what you want before you go to the garden center will make shopping easier
  • Do you want a tall rose with single blooms on a stem? (hybrid teas)
  • Do you want multiple blooms on a stem? (floribundas & shrub roses)
  • Color Preference?
  • Do you need a low maintenance shrub? (Knock Outs, drifts, OSO Easy Roses)
2 - Location. Location. Location
  • Roses need at least 4 hours of full sun a day to thrive.
  • They should also be planted in a well-draining compost rich soil.
rose1.jpg3 - A Little Care Goes A Long Way
  • Here are some things I to to keep my roses at their very best:
  • Keep my garden beds clean of fallen leaves
  • I give my roses a good haircut in the spring (once bloomers and climbers after they bloom)
  • I water deeply at least once a week
  • I apply a balanced fertilizer every six to 8 weeks

My secret for powerhouse blooms:

Deadhead your roses! Remove spent blooms after each bloom cycle to encourage new growth and a fresh round of wow! 

Thanks, to Chris Van Cleave!

Share Your Rose Secrets and Win Corona Tools for Roses

The Corona provides all the essential tools you need to prune your roses, to keep them healthy and thriving, season after season.

rose_kit_Corona_tools.pngThe forged Convertible Pruner + Lopper (BP 7450, $40) is ideal for harvesting roses for display as well as annual pruning. Its extendable handles can also fold down, converting this pruner into a mini lopper. It helps provide the extra leverage you need when pruning thicker canes, up to 1 1/4".

The ComfortGEL® Floral Snips (FS 3204, $16) with comfortable gel grips are excellent for deadheading spent rose blooms. If you have multiple rose bushes, you will appreciate the added comfort after a day of deadheading. These snips also have a built-in thorn stripper so you can cut roses for display and easily remove the thorns.

The Razor Tooth® Folding Saw (RS 7245, $27) is a must have for any confident gardener with roses. When you come across larger canes or dead wood, this handy saw is the tool for the job. It makes cuts fast and folds up to be compact for easy transport.

The Long Steel Straight Snips (AG 4930SS, $12) are ideal to use indoors or outdoors on roses. Keep them inside to cut the ends of your displayed roses so you can change the water and help them stay fresher longer. They are also great outdoors on roses, to remove spent blooms and any fine, detailed cutting needed on smaller bushes or vines.

The kit also includes a Corona tool pouch that you can wear while you are out in the garden and store in your tool shed. Just grab it every time you head out the the garden and be confident you will have all the tools you need to take care of your roses.

For a limited time, you can submit a rose growing success tip for a chance to win a Corona Tool Rose Kit. Submit your tips below, in the comment section. Share your favorite tip about pruning roses that has been successful to you. We'll select the best tip and announce the winner Friday, June 6th on Facebook and contact the winner directly.

Good luck and enjoy your confident success growing roses in the garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 8 Time Saving, Must-Have Corona Garden Tools 

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Fri, Mar, 11, 2016 @ 14:03 PM
spring_forward_clock.jpgThis weekend is Daylight Savings and although we may lose an hour of sleep, we gain an extra hour of daylight to work in the garden. And with only days until Spring, now is a great time to think of ways to maximize your time this season. We've put together a list of must-have, time saving tools, that will help with getting your garden tasks done quicker and give you the confidence to achieve more of your springtime gardening goals. 

 Saving Time in the Garden

ComfortGEL Garden Tools on CoronaComfortGEL® Weeder Spring arrives with a tidal wave of weeds, like dandelions. Trying to remove them with a hoe or surface weeder will leave the root in tact which means they will grow back. TheComfortGEL stainless steel weeder helps to remove the complete weed and root easily with its forked tip and a serrated edge. So you pull the root once and it won't grow back. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! ComfortGEL tools were also featured as one of Popular Mechanics' 10 New Lawn and Garden Tools You Need This Spring 

#2 Round Point Shovel, Hollow Back Ideal for breaking ground and turning spring soil, with pre-sharpened, 14-gauge, tempered steel blade that penetrates ground easily to get the job done fast. Let the shovel do the hard work for you and be finished in no time.  

Stainless Steel Long Straight Snips These handy snips are lightweight and perfect to keep in your garden tool belt or back pocket, every time you step out in the garden. They are ultra sharp to quickly harvest some herbs for dinner or deadhead spent blooms.

Corona Forged Aluminum Bypass PrunersForged Aluminum Bypass Pruners A good pair of bypass pruners is essential for maximizing your time in the garden. Choose one that fits your hand like a glove and won't weigh you down when there is plenty of pruning work ahead. With a perfect fit for large or small hands (or lefty), you'll be in the pruning zone!

9-Piece File Set Maintaining the cutting edge of your tools is often an overlooked time-saving practice in the garden. Keeping your pruning and digging tools sharp with Corona files will help retain the tool's cutting performance, whether pruning back tree branches or digging large holes in the planting beds. It takes just a few seconds to sharpen so you can power through garden tasks.

Forged Dual Cut™ Bypass Loppers  If you have larger limbs or branches (up to 2") to cut, a pair of bypassloppers are a must.The special blade and hook design also provides 20% more cutting power. With one cut, you can remove the limb and cut into smaller sections for the green waste bin for fast clean up.

Corona Quick Saw7-inch Razor Tooth® Folding Saw  Branches that are 2" or larger in diameter can be removed quick and easy. It cuts on the pull stroke requiring less physical effort. And the advance design of the blade's teeth keeps the cutting channel free of saw dust. That means making faster cuts and removing unwanted limbs easily.

EasyLifter® Wheelbarrow  If you have a lot of work to do in the garden, the wheelbarrow can be your best friend. Pile in mulch and transport to all areas of the garden. Haul in mounds of soil for raised planters. Or help move heavy plants or pots. It will save your back and the fulcrum on the front takes all the weight of the load so you can easily dump it.

Share Your Favorite "Essential for Springtime" Corona Tool

For nearly 90 years Corona has been making tools that gardeners, landscape professionals, arborists, the aspiring hobbyist and everyone in between. Generations have relied on them and developed confidence to get the job done. If you are a long-time Corona user with your own favorite tool that is essential this Spring, share it with us in the comments below.  Be sure to include the tool name/ number and how it saves you time!

Topics: Corona Confidence

7 Tools of Corona Confidence - BigLOAD™ Leaf Rake

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Dec, 16, 2015 @ 11:12 AM

Rake More in Less Time

BigLOAD.jpgRake up your leaves twice as fast with the BigLOAD Rake. The oversized rake head has more surface area to collect leaves faster and get the job done fast. It's lightweight, with a 63-inch aluminum handle that extends your reach to help limit excessive bending at the waist while raking. 

Finish the sentence in the comments below for a chance to win.  

"The BigLOAD Leaf Rake gives me Corona Confidence because _________________"

For more info and giveaway details see the 7 Tools of Corona Confidence

Topics: Corona Confidence

7 Tools of Corona Confidence - Forged Dual Cut™ Bypass Lopper

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Dec, 16, 2015 @ 11:12 AM

Power and Precision Cutting

GeriCoronaLoppers.jpgTackle limbs up to 2" in diameter with the Forged Dual Cut Bypass Lopper. It delivers 20% more cutting power and enhanced performance with large cuts due to its patented blade and hook design.

The fully forged steel construction provides strength and the comfortable handle with contoured soft grip fits various hand sizes, ending in no-fail metal end caps. The integrated bumper is efficiently shock-absorbing

Finish the sentence in the comments for a chance to win this great lopper:  

“Corona's Forged Dual Cut™ Bypass Lopper will make me feel Corona Confident because . . . " 

 

Topics: garden tools, landscape tools, Corona Confidence

7 Tools of Corona Confidence - Razor Tooth Saw® - 7 inch Folding Saw

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Dec, 16, 2015 @ 11:12 AM

Remove Medium to Larger Branches Fast

Corona_quickSaws0014.jpgRemove branches the easy way, with Corona's efficient Razor Tooth Saw®. First, the folding saw is ergonomically designed with a curved blade design that locks open, but folds into the handle for easy portability. Three-sided razor teeth for efficient cutting on the pull stroke are impulse-hardened for a long service life. The blade is curved for faster cutting, and is both taper ground with a replaceable blade when needed. It easily folds up for safe transport and can be used in the garden, on the trail or campsite. The only time you'll be lost is without it. 

Finish the sentence in the comments below for a chance to win the Razor Tooth Saw®

"The Razor Tooh Saw® makes me Corona Confident because _____________________________________. 

For more info and giveaway details see the 7 Tools of Corona Confidence

 

Topics: garden tools, landscape tools, Corona Confidence

7 Tools of Corona Confidence - Forged Aluminum Bypass Pruner

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Dec, 16, 2015 @ 11:12 AM

One Size Does Not Fit All

Corona_Forged_Aluminum_Bypass_Pruner.jpgThe perfect fit is available now among this trio of Corona Forged Aluminum Bypass Pruners, whether you have a small hand, a large hand or are a Lefty! With a replaceble blade option, this is one bypass pruner that will last you for many seasons to come.

Forged Aluminum Bypass Pruners for SMALLER HANDS BP 6310

Forged Aluminum Bypass Pruners for LARGER HANDS BP 6360

Forged Alminum Bypass Pruners for LEFT HANDED USERS BP 6340  

To win a Corona Forged Aluminum Bypass Pruner, finish the sentence in the comments below; 

“The Forged Alminum Bypass Pruners specifically chosen for ME will make me feel Corona Confident because __________________.” 

For more info and giveaway details see the 7 Tools of Corona Confidence

Topics: garden tools, landscape tools, Corona Confidence

7 Tools of Corona Confidence - Micro Snips

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Dec, 16, 2015 @ 11:12 AM

Micro Cutting for Fine Greens and More

Hydroponic_Tools_SMALL-1.jpgMake precision cuts for mincing herbs, hydroponics, micro greens, flower prepping and other fine work.  It's easily accomplished with this trio of micro snips. All of these precision stainless steel cutting tools can be sterilized between cuts to limit cross contamination. 

First, the Finger Micro Snip FS 4110 are the smallest Snip, with sharp, 1 1/4-inch stainless steel blades and a pointy tip that allows for precision cutting.

Next, the versatile Micro Snip FS 4120 has a heavy-duty spring for reliable performance and a double-sided lock that's good for right or left hand use. Compact 2 5/16-inch stainless steel blades are double beveled with tapered tips for precision cuts.  

Finally, the Scissor FS 4130 have 2-inch stainless steel blades with double beveled tapered tips for precision cuts, and durable lightweight handles.

Finish the sentence in the comments for a chance to win these great micro snips:  

“Corona Micro Snips will make me feel Corona Confident because _________________” 

For more info and giveaway details see the 7 Tools of Corona Confidence

Topics: garden tools, landscape tools, Corona Confidence

7 Tools of Corona Confidence - Corona Files

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Dec, 16, 2015 @ 11:12 AM

9-Piece File Set With Handle 

fs0003cs_smFileSet9Pieces.jpgHere's the perfect opportunity to maintain your cutting edge on your pruning and digging tools. A sharpened blade makes garden tasks easier and helps minimize body fatigue by requiring less physical effort. The comort grip also makes it easy to control files while sharpening blades.

This complete 9-piece set of quality files handles every type of blade, nick or cut  and deburrs and finishes with ease. The set includes the following 9 files: 8" Mill bastard cut; 8" Mill smooth cut; 8" Round bastard cut; 8" Round smooth cut; 8" Half round bastard cut; 8" Half round smooth cut; 8" Taper slim; and 8' Taper extra slim, plus the handle and mounting inserts. 

Finish the sentence in the comments below for a chance to win.

"The 9-piece File Set gives me Corona Confidence because ____________" 

For more info and giveaway details see the 7 Tools of Corona Confidence

 

Topics: garden tools, landscape tools, Corona Confidence

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