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Start plants from seed rather than buying starter plants - Bachelor on the Cheap

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

The seed purchases I made through catalog and online orders back in December are starting to arrive in my mailbox.  Why such a delay?  Most seed companies don't ship until it gets close to planting time and they take starting seed indoors into consideration.

Starting plants from seed is a great way to not only save money vs. buying over-priced starter plants in the spring, but you get to customize what will be in your garden.  You get to choose what goes in your garden rather than having to settle for what a garden shop has in stock.

Every spring, you see all those pop-up garden centers being put up in parking lots, whether at the local grocery store or Walmart.  I still frequent those, but they are limited in plant variety and even bonafide garden centers might not have a particular plant variety you're looking for.  And again, you'll pay a premium for starter plants, it's spring time after all....

20180211_074647Enter seed packets.....

I received an order from Park Seed the other day.  My order included:

  1. Italian Flat Leaf Parsley
  2. Italian Large Leaf Basil
  3. Salad Bowl Mix Organic Greens
  4. Peppermint
  5. Radish Park Beauty Blend
  6. Dill
  7. Greek Oregano
  8. Chives
  9. Organic Arugula
  10. Organic Roma Tomato
  11. Cilantro Calypso

That total for that order cost me just $15.94 and that includes shipping costs.  I would have spent at least five times that amount for starter plants and I wouldn't have found all those varieties in just one garden center location, pop-up or otherwise.

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Hardy Lawn Furniture - Iowa City

Hardy Lawn FurnitureThe Amish have a tried and true quality of craftsmanship that is unbeatable. They have developed a reputation for turning out beautiful woodwork that withstands the test of time.

Their attention to detail allows them to create masterpieces that are both beautiful and functional.

Our products are built specifically for you! This allows for customization and guarantees a brand new product.

At Hardy Lawn Furniture we carry only the finest!

2370 Naples Ave, Iowa City

(800) 557-2157
(319) 688-9482

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Presidential Builders LLC – West Branch

Presidential BuildersYou can trust our qualified professionals to undertake all your roofing needs, including repairs, emergencies, inspections, and installation.

You'll feel pride of ownership when you let one of our knowledgeable contractors outfit your home with long-lasting synthetic siding.

Whether you're interested in designing or remodeling your home, you'll receive helpful advice and superb artistry from our team.

We offer a variety of snow removal options that can help you prepare for a nasty storm or clean up after one has ravaged the area. 


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King's Material - Coralville, Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha

King'sYou are at the right place to start your next Masonry, Landscape or Ready-Mix project! Come to one of our three area showrooms to get inspired, find incredible projects, see the latest in new products and trends, learn from our expert staff members, and even get connected with the right professional for the project you want.

We provide quality Concrete Block, Architectural Concrete Block, Brick, Stone, Retaining Walls, Gravity Walls, Concrete Pavers, Landscape Stone, Hardscape Lighting, Fire Pits & Places and many other masonry and landscaping products.

King’s Material also supports a large dealer network that supplies masonry and landscaping products throughout our extended service areas.

Let our friendly knowledgeable staff help you take your project from ordinary to extraordinary!

319.363.0233 – phone
1.800.332.5298 – toll free

Corridor Area Locations

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Rock Shop Granite & Marble - Hiawatha

Rock Shop GraniteNatural stone countertops are the best way to update your kitchen and improve your homes value!

Our services range from large project to small. If you need to replace your countertops in your bathroom, this is definitely the most cost effective way to go! We offer remnants at a discounted price and if you feel the project is small enough for you to handle we can help you load up the stone and give you tips on how to install it yourself! We have examples of undermounted, drop-in and vessel sinks to give you an idea of how you would like to transform your home! Check out our gallery to give you some ideas of what previous clients of ours have done.

740 Kacena Road
Hiawatha, Iowa 52233

Phone: (319) 393-3847

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Hamm's Home Interiors - Iowa City

Hamm's Home InteriorsWhen it comes to kitchen and bath remodeling, choose Hamm's Home Interiors Inc. Since 1978, Hamm's team of full-time, professional designers have been chosen to bring a unique look to any room. With over 40 years of combined experience, our staff would be happy to create a visually pleasing and functional space for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.

We are the only business in the area that gives customers the option of a one-stop selection center for home remodeling projects and new construction needs. We not only provide the design for your project with computer layouts and perspectives, we also assist you in your selection of all materials needed for your project. Committed to overseeing the total project from start to finish, our work includes the installation of all products, scheduling and providing labor, including drywall, electrical, plumbing, structural, and finish carpentry - ensuring that we exceed your expectations throughout the entire process.

Hamm's Home Interiors Inc. can handle all of your design needs. Give us a call or visit our showroom today.
Hamm's Home Interior Inc.
1134 S Gilbert St
Iowa City, IA 52240-4504
 (319) 359-7800

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Phil's Building Supplies Inc - Iowa City

Phil'sPhil's Building Supplies Inc has been providing your community with exceptional building supplies since 1984. We're a family and locally owned business.
Looking for quality brick and stone veneers to enhance the beauty of your home or business? Visit us today.
We carry building supplies from reputable brands like Crick, Glen-Gery, ACME, and Stone City.
Planning to upgrade the look of your lawn? Try granite boulder and rock engraving work. From engraving benches to yard stones, our experts can do them all.
Trust our team for their extensive experience in this field. Get in touch with us for FREE estimates.
Are you in need of a top-grade retaining wall? We can help. Get in touch with us to find superior wall systems that'll suit your needs. We carry retaining walls from Keystone brand.
We can also provide you with concrete and masonry supplies. We're a member of Masonry Institute of Iowa.
Phil's Building Supplies Inc
715 Hollywood Blvd
Iowa City, IA 52240

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Randy's Carpets & Interiors

Randy's carpetsRandy's Carpets & Interiors has been serving Eastern Iowa for over 34 years.

We offer eco-friendly products in each of our flooring categories—carpet, area rugs, hardwood, laminate, and tile and stone.

You want flooring to complement your unique style as well as the function of the room. Throwing dinner parties? Curling up with the Sunday funnies? Dog sitting for the neighbors, yet again? Keep in mind how you will use the room.

What personality are you trying to create? Smart and sassy? Cool and chic? Moody and mysterious? Maybe you already have some décor to work around, such as your mate’s favorite plaid recliner. Now’s the time to open the door to possibilities (and maybe make some décor updates).

Services - Your satisfaction always comes first


We offer several options for financial assistance. Please contact us for information.

In-home Measurement

Not sure of quantities and supplies? Ask about our in-home measurement services. When we go to the home and measure we are able to see exactly what we will be doing. Very few times are we surprised with extra work. Plus we do our estimates at no charge. We can usually get an estimate back in 3 days. Our process begins by going to the home to measure, diagram, look at the existing floors, determine the work that we will need to do. If there are any questions at that time we are able to determine when subfloor repairs etc. may need to be done. When we send an installer to the home we are able to tell him what to expect, what he will need to do and that makes the entire process run smooth and efficient. We service Eastern Iowa. Please contact us for assistance.


With our many years of industry experience installing flooring, we offer not only expertise but peace of mind—you know the job will be done right the first time. To schedule installation services, please contact us.

Interior Design Consultation

Our designers work with you to create a space that expresses your taste and lifestyle. On everything from flooring and cabinet recommendations to window treatments and colors, our goal is to help make your house a uniquely beautiful home. Please contact us to set up a design consultation.

Floor & Carpet Cleaning

We use the industry’s most advanced cleaning system to remove ground-in soil and revive the appearance of your carpet and hard surface. Additional services include deodorizers and our stain-resistant protective coatings. To schedule a carpet cleaning, please contact us.

Randy's Carpets & Interiors- Coralville

401 2nd Street
Coralville, IA 52241
Phone: (319) 354-4344
Fax: (319) 354-8753

Store Hours:

Monday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday - Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Randy's Carpets and Interiors

5454 Center Point Road NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone: (319) 393-1400

Store Hours:

Monday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday - Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Luxe Interiors

Luxe InteriorsAt the crossroads of lifestyle and fashion, interior design is not just a matter of decor, but a path to a more inspired life. Home is the place we unwind from the past, live in the present and imagine our futures. Whether you are building a new house or just want to give an existing room a new look, our team will lead the way. 


From initial consultation to completion, the Luxe Interiors team works with clients to develop, conceptualize and create a space specific to them with a variety of resources and vendors. The team is able to meet the needs of each client with ease. They look forward to the process and of course the final product. Our services include:

- residential
- commercial
- space planning and drafting
- coordination of subcontractors
- floor covering & rugs
- custom window treatments
- furnishings
- fabrics & trims
- wall coverings
- paint color selection
- lighting
- accessories


1303 5th St. Suite 100 | Coralville, IA | 52241
(319) 354-9000

10 to 5 Monday - Friday
10 to 4 Saturday
Sunday: By Appointment

Email luxezone@gmail.com

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All Star Home Services

AllStar Home ServicesWe Are The Answer To All Of Your HandyMan And Home Repair Needs

All Star Home Services is a fully licensed and insured Muscatine, Iowa Handyman and home repair service that can take care of any projects around your home, apartment, garage or office.  All Star Home Services was founded by Mike Martin.  Mike Martin has been in this line of work since 2000 and has grown to become a All star in the Handyman services industry he strives at customer service and warranty his projects as well.  All Star Home Services is fully dedicated  to are customers with great services and great product.  All of are project have a 90 day warranty on labor and materials.  Mike and his team of handyman's will take care of all of your major kitchen remodels and bathroom remodels  and much, much more.  Contact All Stars Today to ask more about our service and how we can take care of your special projects this spring, summer, fall, and winter all season long.

Services Offered
  • Air Conditioner Installation (Window Units Only)
  • Appliance Installation
  • Basic Carpentry
  • Ceramic Tile Repair
  • Counter Tops
  • Crown Moulding / Trim
  • Curtain Hanging
  • Decks
  • Door Installation and Repair (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Drain Cleaning
  • Dryer Vent Cleaning
  • Dryer Vent Installation
  • Drywall Repair
  • Fan Installation
  • Fence Installation and Repair
  • Flooring Installation and Repair
  • General Maintenance
  • Gutter Cleaning
  • Lawn Care
  • Lighting and Ceiling Fan Installation
  • Locks (Door Lock Installation)
  • Molding Installation
  • Moving
  • Painting
  • Plumbing Repairs (Minor Projects)
  • Porches
  • Power Washing
  • Remodeling Projects (Basic)
  • Safety Modifications for Seniors and the Disabled (Grab Bars, Ramps, Safety Equipment, Etc.)
  • Shelf Installation / Storage
  • Snow Removal
  • Staining and Sealing Wood Decks
  • Tile Work
  • Toilet Repair and Installation
  • Weatherization (Caulking and Insulation)
  • Window Installation and Repair
  • Window Coverings

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