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Black Friday Savings

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Stay in the black this holiday season with big Black Friday savings at your local Plow & Hearth retail store.

Sale prices good 11/24/10 – 11/28/10.*
Get great bargains like these, just in time for the holidays!

Find a retail store near you!

Plow & Hearth - Ginger Snap Cookies

Ginger Snap Cookies

Buy 2 Get 1 Free

Plow & Hearth - Electric Stove

Electric Stove – Reg. $199.95

SALE $99.99

Plow & Hearth - Snow Man Feeder

Snowman Feeder – Reg. $19.95

SALE $12.99

 

Plow & Hearth - Fleece Vest

Fleece Vest – Reg. $19.95

SALE $12.99

 

Plow & Hearth - Pewter Ornaments

Pewter Ornaments

Buy Any 5 …

 

Plow & Hearth - Ornament Tree

Ornament Tree

… Get This FREE!

*Exclusive of applicable shipping charges and taxes. Items may vary and are subject to availability, delivery rules and times. Offers cannot be combined, are not available on all products and are subject to restrictions, limitations and blackout periods. Not valid on prior purchases. Valid through 11/28/2010. Prices and charges are subject to change without notice. Void where prohibited. ©2010, Plow & Hearth. 

 

 

Proper Use and Storage of Different Woods

From Plow & Hearth


Chopping and burning your own wood on the hearth is a great way to clean up the yard, save on the heating bill, get exercise, and bring warmth and tradition into the home. Here is some helpful information, from Plow and Hearth, as you begin to gather wood for the winter months.

The density of wood varies greatly across different species. For example, at a 15% moisture content White Oak is 47 lbs./cubic foot while Aspen wood is only 27 lbs./cubic foot. The denser the wood, the more effective it is as firewood, but handling, chopping, and splitting dense wood can become very difficult. Black Gum is extremely difficult to split. Hickory can also be challenging but Red Oak is fairly easy to split. Use lighter woods for kindling since they burn rapidly and reserve the denser woods for firewood.

As a rule, cured, dried wood burns best, therefore it is important to make sure your wood has as little moisture in it as possible before burning it. Green or wet wood can carry up to 50% of its weight in the form of water or sap. With all of this moisture, these woods cannot burn effectively until they have been properly dried out. There are several steps you can take in the wood storage process to achieve the desired level of dryness in your firewood.

To release moisture from the wood, store the wood under a cover for 6 to 12 months. Make sure that air can get through to the wood, but that the cover protects the wood from rain. A sunny, well-aired location works best. To speed up the process, split the wood, as it will allow for more air flow and sun exposure. Split wood dries faster than rounds. A good indication that the wood is becoming properly cured is checking and cracking on the ends of the wood, and loosening of the bark. These are also signs to keep in mind when purchasing wood that is advertised as dried or cured.

Following these simple guidelines will ensure that you always have a large selection of usable firewood nearby. This wood is sure to come in handy whether you are stuck in a power outage, or are just looking to have a nice family gathering around the hearth.

Find great wood storage solutions from Plow & Hearth.

Plow & Hearth Store Opens Store in Virginia Beach

Just in Time for Holiday Shopping

Plow and Hearth - Virginia Beach

Plow & Hearth, LLC is pleased to announce a new store location in Virginia Beach, VA.  The 6,000 square foot store opened last week in the Hilltop North Shopping Center on Laskin Road. With a varied merchandise assortment featuring home and garden décor, fireplace tools and screens, apparel and shoes, pet products and seasonal decorations, the store caters to customers who love to decorate their homes and entertain friends and family.

Founded in 1980 as a small country store, Plow & Hearth® has grown into a leading retailer of products for home, hearth, yard and garden. Successfully marketing these products through all three major channels – catalog, internet and now ten retail stores – Plow & Hearth has evolved over the past 30 years into a multi-million dollar retailer whose products cover indoor and outdoor rooms, gardens, pets, personal comfort and care, safety and emergencies, weather instruments, storage solutions and gifts.

Plow & Hearth retail stores pride themselves on providing a unique shopping experience for their customers. The products range from practical to decorative and from functional to whimsical. Store manager, Philip Darcus says, “We have a beautiful store and will offer superior service to our customers. We are very excited to be in Virginia Beach and can’t wait to show off our new store.”

View the setup of the store on our Facebook Page!

To visit:

1628 Laskin Rd

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Mon – Sat:  10a – 9p

Sunday: 11a – 6p

757-437-0757

About Plow & Hearth, LLC

Plow & Hearth began as a small retail store in Madison, Virginia in 1980 and has grown to become a respected national catalog, retail and Internet company with more than 5 million customers. For over 30 years, the company has been a trusted source of unique, enduring products for the hearth, home, yard and garden, helping customers create an environment that is comfortable and welcoming, warm and personal. Special consideration is given to those products made with environmentally friendly materials as well as products that will encourage customers to be more environmentally responsible, such as composting products and energy savers. Every item they sell is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

The Plow & Hearth Family of Brands also includes quality toys from HearthSong® and Magic Cabin®, weather instruments from Wind & Weather® and home and garden décor from WinterthurStore®.

Plow & Hearth Opens Store in Annapolis, Maryland

New Store Open in Time for Holiday Shopping

Plow & Hearth, LLC is pleased to announce a new store location in Annapolis, MD. The 6,750 square foot store opened last week in the Jennifer Square Shopping Center on Jennifer Road. With a varied merchandise assortment featuring home and garden décor, fireplace tools and screens, apparel and shoes, pet products and seasonal decorations, the store caters to customers who love to decorate their homes and entertain friends and family.

Founded in 1980 as a small country store, Plow & Hearth® has grown into a leading retailer of products for home, hearth, yard and garden. Successfully marketing these products through all three major channels – catalog, internet and now ten retail stores – Plow & Hearth has evolved over the past 30 years into a multi-million dollar retailer whose products cover indoor and outdoor rooms, gardens, pets, personal comfort and care, safety and emergencies, weather instruments, storage solutions and gifts.

Plow & Hearth retail stores pride themselves on providing a unique shopping experience for their customers. The products range from practical to decorative and from functional to whimsical. Store manager, Charles Hill says, “We have a beautiful store and will offer superior service to our customers. We are very excited to be in Annapolis and can’t wait to show off our new store.”

To visit:

167 Jennifer Rd

Annapolis, MD 21401

Mon – Sat:  10a – 9p

Sunday: 11a – 6p

410-266-8903

About Plow & Hearth, LLC

Plow & Hearth began as a small retail store in Madison, Virginia in 1980 and has grown to become a respected national catalog, retail and Internet company with more than 5 million customers. For over 30 years, the company has been a trusted source of unique, enduring products for the hearth, home, yard and garden, helping customers create an environment that is comfortable and welcoming, warm and personal. Special consideration is given to those products made with environmentally friendly materials as well as products that will encourage customers to be more environmentally responsible, such as composting products and energy savers. Every item they sell is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. The Plow & Hearth Family of Brands also includes quality toys from HearthSong® and Magic Cabin®, weather instruments from Wind & Weathe and home and garden décor from WinterthurStore®.

 

What to do with all those apples? | An apple guide from Plow and Hearth

Well, fall is certainly in full swing here at Plow & Hearth‘s headquarters in Madison, Virginia.  The rolling hills are glowing with stunning shades of yellows, oranges and reds.  What this also means is summer is gone and most of our favorite fruits go along with it.  What are we left with?   Apples, apples, and more apples!

You have probably asked yourself many times, “What am I going to do with all these apples ?”  Of course you can eat them, research for the greatest apple pie or apple sauce recipes, but how do you know which apples are the best for what?  How big is a “small” apple, and how on earth do you keep them from turning brown so quickly?  Plow and Hearth has put together an Apple Reference Guide to answer all those questions.

Is there an easy and fast way to peel an apple?

Plow and Hearth offers this amazing tool called an Apple Master.  The Apple Master makes the old chore of slicing, coring and paring easy, fast and fun.

How can I keep cut apples from turning brown before I serve them?

Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to 2 quarts of water. Dip the cut apples in the lemon water to retard discoloration and drain on a paper towel.

What can one do with overripe or under ripe apples?

Overripe apples are great for apple sauce and cider. Under ripe apples work well chopped, sliced or grated in muffins, cakes and pies.

How many apples are needed for a 9″ pie?

9 small, 7 medium or 5 large apples
Looking for something more single serving and easy?  Try this  baked apple recipe using Plow and Hearth’s Apple Baker.

How do I compare weights, volumes and apples sizes for various recipes?

Apple Size Diameter Sliced or
Chopped
Grated Apple Sauce
Small 2-1/4″ 3/4 cup 1/2 cup 1/3 cup
Medium 2-3/4″ 1-1/3 cup 3/4 cup 1/2 cup
Large 3-3/4″ 2 cups 1-1/4 cup 3/4 cup

Which apples varieties are best for which uses?

Apples – Best Uses for Common Varieties

Eating
Salads
Sauces
Baking Whole
Pies
Freezing
Baldwin*
xx
xx
xx
xx
xx
x
Cortland
xx
xxx
xx
xx
xx
x
Delicious – golden
xx
xxx
xxx
xx
xx
xx
Delicious – red
xx
xx
Empire
xxx
xx
xx
x
x
x
Gala
xxx
xxx
xx
xx
xx
xx
Idared
xx
xx
xx
xxx
xxx
xx
Jerseymac
xx
xx
xx
x
x
Jonagold
xxx
xxx
xx
xx
xx
xx
Jonathan*
xxx
xx
xx
xxx
xxx
xx
Lodi
x
x
x
x
x
McIntosh
xx
x
xx
x
Macoun*
xxx
xx
xx
x
Melrose
xx
xx
xxx
xxx
xxx
xxx
Mutsu (Crispin)*
xxx
xx
xxx
xx
xxx
xx
Newton Pippin*
xx
xx
xxx
xx
xxx
xx
Northern Spy*
xx
xx
xx
xxx
xxx
xx
Paulared
xx
xx
xx
x
x
Puritan
x
x
x
Rhode Island Greening*
x
xx
xx
xx
xx
Rome Beauty
x
xx
xx
xx
xx
Granny Smith
xx
xx
x
xx
xx
xx
Stayman
xx
xx
xx
xx
xx
xx
Twenty Ounce*
x
xx
xx
xx
xx
Winesap*
xxx
xxx
xxx
xx
xx
xx
Excellent xxx
Good xx
Fair x
Poor –
Heirloom (at least 50 years old) = *

I want to go apple picking. When do the different varieties ripen?

Since ripening times vary with geographic location and an individual year’s weather, a call to a local apple grower is a good idea. Average ripening times are listed below.

July Lodi
August Jerseymac, Paulared, Puritan, Twenty Ounce
September Early – Cortland, Jonathan, McIntosh, Wealthy
Mid – Empire, Gala, Golden Delicious, Idared, Jonagold, Red Delicious
Late – Macoun, Rome Beauty
October Early – Winesap
Mid – Melrose, Mutsu, Newtown Pippin, Northern Spy, Rhone Island Greening, Russet, Stayman
Late – Baldwin, Granny Smith

When I was 10 years old my parents decided they wanted to move all the way from our traffic-filled Chicago suburb, to the rolling green (or blue) mountains of Virginia. To say I was furious would be, well, a total lie. I was actually ecstatic and excited at the idea of living in a new place with green trees instead of flat, endless cornfields. I even remember stepping out of the car when we pulled up to our new house and thinking that the air itself smelled prettier.

I’ve now lived here for 10+ years, and I’ve never gotten tired of the state’s beautiful landscape. Even on my drive to work I can look out my driver’s side window and see the Blue Ridge just a few miles away, which to be honest, sometimes tempts me to turn left and head to the mountains for the day, but alas, duty calls. But on my days off my favorite way to enjoy the Virginia scenery is to go hiking in Shenandoah National Park.

The park boasts 196,000 acres of natural landscape and has over 500 miles of hiking trails. These trails range from easy, flat, stroller-friendly paths, to strenuous, rocky paths, with everything in between. Personally, my favorite path to hike is Whiteoak Canyon Trail. It’s a moderate hike that has a stream running along the entire path allowing for great views of waterfalls. There are also a lot of nice places to sit and enjoy the water while getting a breather or enjoying a picnic.

Not only is the park great for hiking, but the drive itself is gorgeous. Don’t stare at the overlooks too long though as the road can get a little curvy. Also, don’t be surprised to have some wildlife sightings while you’re up there. So far I’ve seen a black bear, wild turkey, and countless deer.

All in all, it’s a relaxing place to go on the weekend, a fun way to enjoy the natural side of Virginia, and a great way to give back to the National Park Service. And if it’s giving back that you’re interested in, your can now purchase a new license plate sponsored by the Shenandoah National Park Trust at your local Virginia DMV. All proceeds from the sale of this license plate go to the Trust to fund projects and programs in the park.

Also, if you’re not from Virginia, then stop by a national park or monument in your home state. The National Park System has units in 49 states, so let’s just hope you’re not from Delaware!

by Katie D., marketing assistant

Summer is a time with a lot of heat and little rain. It also happens to be the time that a lot of our gardens are in full swing. For this reason, it’s important for us to keep our plants alive and healthy without unnecessarily wasting a precious resource. We’ve outlined a few tips and products which will make it easier for you to garden during the summer months:

  • Water your plants in the morning. The cool temperatures of the morning will allow your plants to absorb the maximum amount of water without losing a lot due to evaporation. Also, the leaves will have time to dry before nighttime, discouraging fungus growth.
  • Capture rainwater when possible. Now I’m not saying you have to be like Tom Hanks in Castaway, siphoning dew drops off of banana leaves after a thunderstorm, but rainstorms are an abundant source of water, most of which we waste. Consider purchasing a Rain Wizard Water Barrel, which captures up to 50 gallons of water for you from your gutters. It also has a convenient hose hook-up, and can be linked with other water barrels for increased capacity.
  • Know what you’re watering. Different plants require different amounts of water. A few examples of plants which require a bit more watering attention are fuchsias, astilbes and impatiens. Also, clay soil absorbs water much slower than sandy soil so you should water it slower and for a longer period of time. For sandy soils, water less but more frequently.
  • Keep track of how much water you use. This is fairly easy to measure if you do a lot of your watering from a watering can, but if you’re a hose user our Save a Drop Hose Nozzle can be very informative. It features a digital readout that displays exactly how many gallons of water you’ve used. It is also designed for maximum hand comfort, and features multiple spray patterns for your different plants.

I hope these tips will be helpful when watering your plants this summer. Let us know if you have any questions or tips of your own!

by Katie D., marketing assistant

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