Category Archives: Lawn & Garden

When to Plant Your Garden

Now that the weather’s warming up, we know you want to get out in the garden!

Step One:  Know your Hardiness Zone

When is the best time to plant your garden? It really depends on where you live and what you want to plant.  In the map below, you can see that the US has been divided up into hardiness zones by the USDA.These are determined by the average minimum winter temperature of that region, then divided into 10 degree F increments.

Step Two:  Choose plants for your garden

Once you’ve determined your hardiness zone, you can decide what you want to plant.

Garden plants have different space, moisture, and sun requirements, so make sure you are choosing the best plant varieties for your zone, soil type, and garden location.

For example, cucumbers are available as vines and as bushes. If you have a small garden area, you will probably want to choose the bushy variety, since the vines can take over your whole garden and choke out other plants.

Successful tomato bushes will also grow up and out, so you will want to make sure that you have room for them to grow. You can also find hanging tomato varieties, which would be helpful for an apartment or house with a small patio.

Step Three:  Test your soil

There are various tables available to help you determine when to plant, but the best way to tell is to examine the soil. Squeeze a handful of soil into a ball and poke the ball with your finger.  If the ball crumbles, the soil is ready. If not, you’ll need to be patient just a bit longer before tilling or raking.

Tilling or raking helps break up the soil, controls weeds, mixes organic material into the soil, and loosens up the dirt for planting. Make sure to stay fairly shallow when tilling or raking; under 12 inches should work.

 

Looking for more detailed information? The USDA’s website breaks down the zones further here.  Also check out garden.org’s calendar, which gives you more specifics on when to plant in your zip code.

Getting your hands in the dirt is one of summer’s biggest pleasures, and we’re happy to help! Check back here throughout the spring and summer as we follow the life cycle of your food, from seedling to harvest and through fall/winter storage and canning.

Grow with us! Send us your pictures of gardening, tips for a successful garden, and questions in the comments!

 

Behind the Scenes with RK Tractors

On March 20, one building of our Waverly, OH warehouse was converted into an assembly facility for our brand-new RK Tractors! Check out our behind-the scenes photos as Rural King begins this exciting new venture!

RK Tractors will be sold in 7 pilot stores beginning April 1.

The 7 pilot stores will be Mattoon,IL, Waverly, Circleville, Heath, and New Philadelphia, OH, Parkersburg, WV, and Ashland, KY.

Our professionally-trained associates and service technicians skillfully assemble all RK Tractors.

In addition, each of the pilot stores will be a dedicated tractor center. Each store has sales and fully trained service teams ready to serve you.

Never worry about finding parts! A complete stock of replacement parts is available from the Waverly, OH assembly facility within 2 days.

RK Tractors offer ten models in the sub-compact, compact, and utility sizes, from 19HP to 55HP.  They feature cab and open station models, hydrostatic and shuttle shift transmissions, and more standard features than any other brand.  Our tractors will come with everything you need, from standard rear remote hydraulic valves to front and rear work lights, and don’t forget our superior power and performance.

Prices range from $8299 for the 19HP RK19 Hydrostatic sub-compact to $26,799 for the 55HP, Turbo-Charged RK55 Hydrostatic utility tractor with full HVAC cab. 

In the photo below, you can see various states of assembly, including the backhoe attachments (left), the cab tractors being prepped for tires (middle), and ROPS tractors with tires installed (right).

Available attachments include RK Tractors backhoes, front loaders, and mid-mount mowers. All standard 3-point implements, including our exclusive RK by King Kutter implements, also work seamlessly with these tractors.

You can see several of the models in the photo below. All are cleaned, inspected, and ready to help you get the job done!

 

RK Tractors ship to our pilot stores to launch on April 1. They’re arriving just in time to help you with all of your spring and summer projects!  Please see your local pilot store for details and financing options.

Please see our Tractor Attachments FAQ for more details.

Click here for specs on RK24, RK37, and RK55:  Hand Outs

Repel Mosquitoes and enjoy the view!

hummingbird-beebalm-loRepelling mosquitoes can be done not only by coating yourself in bug spray, or carrying a ThermaCell Mosquito Repellent Dispenser, but also by planting some useful plants around your house or deck, or place strategically around the yard!There are many plants that help to reply mosquitoes since these pesky little bugs can not stand the smell, and this allow us to sit back and enjoy the view without getting bit. Ruralking has several of these plants already started for you to just put in a pot or in the ground, as well as packets of seeds for you to plant as you please!

To start off with most of these plants emit a fragrance that is usually pleasing to us, such as lemon, lavender, and mint. Some of the plants repel naturally, others can be processed (boiled or crushed, etc) into a spray to use. Here is a link that explains how to use each of the plants to help you repel these pesky bugs, make sure to check your planting zones and correlate it with your plants growing zones:

31 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

citranella plant      Ageratum 003 lemon balm

 

Here are some of the plants: Ageratum (purple flow pictured above), Basil (I suggest to plant in a pot or it can overtake an area), Bee Balm (I love these beautiful perennials, it is the pink flower with the hummingbird, pictured above), Cadaga tree (Tagetes lucida), Catmint, Catnip (beware of attracting all the neighborhood cats), Cedar trees, Citronella Grass or plant (mosquito plant pictured above), Clove, Eucalyptus tree,  Floss flower, Garlic, Lavendar, Lemon balm (gives your yard a fresh scent), Lemon Grass (this grows like crazy), Lemon scented Geraniums (Pelargonium crispum), Lemon Thyme, Lemon Verbena, Marigolds (Tagetes lucida- works the best since it has the strongest smell, but the other breeds work well), Mint, Nodding Onion, Pineapple weed (Matricaria matricarioides), Pitcher plants (does not emit a smell, but it is a carnivorous plant that ingests the bugs), Rosemary, Snowbrush, Sweet Fern,  Sage, Tansy, Tea tree (oil extract has many other great qualities), Vanilla Leaf (usually needs to be crushed), Wild Bergamot (needs to be crushed and diluted with water, can cause irritation if applied directly), Wormwood , and Stone root (similar to mint).

I would suggest to reference that website to know how each plant can be used to help repel, some are naturally a repellent, some have to be crushed and boiled to release the plant oils, and some can be made into a natural spray or rubbed on the skin directly.

I love the fact that my herb garden around my house is helping to reduce the amount of pests around the porch, as well as having a use in my kitchen!