Attracting Pollinators

2019-06-19T17:43:06-04:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: Annuals, Herbs, Hooks Tips, Ideas We Love, Perennials, Plants We Love|

Pollinators are an important part of any garden as they play a critical role in the reproduction of the vast majority of flowering plants. Without these helpful little critters many plants would be unsuccessful in producing fruits and seeds for the next generation of plants. Building a pollinator friendly garden can help all of your [...]

The Benefits of Composting

2019-06-10T10:28:13-04:00June 14th, 2019|Categories: Hooks Tips|

Composting and Recycling Chart from Vassar Sustainability Humans produce a ton of waste that ends up in landfills around the world. Landfills produce methane, a major greenhouse gas, and are a monument to human wastefulness. It is important to keep usable materials out of landfills. Recycling materials such as plastics, cans, glass and [...]

The Basics of Crop Rotation

2019-09-06T20:35:36-04:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Hooks Tips|

What is Crop Rotation Crop rotation is the practice of switching the family or type of crops grown in a plot each year. This cycling helps to maintain soil health and break up disease and pest cycles. As a result, proper crop rotation can reduce the need for fertilizer and pesticides. Benefits of Crop Rotation [...]

An Introduction to Cover Crops

2019-06-10T10:02:13-04:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: Hooks Tips, Ideas We Love|

Benefits of Cover Crops As part of this week’s series on integrated pest management systems and reducing the need for chemicals in the garden, here is a look at the practice of growing cover crops for the benefit of the soil. Cover crops help to prepare the land for the growth of the main crop. [...]

Companion Planting

2019-06-10T10:01:08-04:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: Hooks Tips, Ideas We Love, Vegetables|

Companion planting is one of the techniques used in integrated pest management plans to reduce the use of pesticides in the garden. Companion planting takes advantage of the simple fact that some plants grow better together than alone. Similarly, some plants are not compatible and inhibit each others growth. Companion planting is the practice of [...]

Hook’s Tips for Growing Sweet Potatoes

2019-05-29T16:33:51-04:00June 1st, 2019|Categories: Hooks Tips, Vegetables|

Sweet potatoes not only taste sweet and delicious, but they are nutritious as well. Sweet potatoes contain antioxidants, blood sugar regulating nutrients, and anti-inflammatory nutrients. On top of all of that, sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamins as well! Here are our tips on how to grow your own sweet potatoes. We recommend [...]

Patio Tomatoes

2019-05-29T16:38:15-04:00May 29th, 2019|Categories: Hooks Tips, Vegetables|

Patio tomatoes are a great way to get hassle free tomatoes. Patio tomatoes grow well and produce tomatoes in the pot they come in. No transplanting necessary! That being said, these tomatoes will do well if you do want to transplant them into a larger pot or into your garden for a head start on [...]

Hook’s Tips for Growing Blueberries

2019-05-29T16:17:27-04:00May 29th, 2019|Categories: Fruits, Hooks Tips|

Here at Hook’s Greenhouse we have grown Blueberries and other perennial fruits for years at our garden center. Blueberries are great in the landscape or in straight rows in a blueberry patch. Blueberries are native to North America, hardy, easy to grow. These fruit bearing shrubs grow best in full sun and well-drained, organically rich, [...]

Soils for Tricky Plants

2019-05-24T15:11:12-04:00May 25th, 2019|Categories: Hooks Tips, Soil|

Different types of plants, just like different types of people, thrive in different conditions. Some plants, such as the Hibiscus, prefer wet soil while others, such as succulents, prefer dry. A few notable plants that have specific soil preferences are succulents, cacti, orchids, blueberries and hibiscuses. Succulents and cacti are native to arid climates and [...]

Fertilizer: What’s in the Bag?

2019-05-23T14:32:49-04:00May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Hooks Tips, What We Offer|

When it comes to buying potting soil keep an eye out for labels that say fertilizer starter charge and slow release fertilizer included in the mix. These phrases sound similar but refer to an important often overlooked difference in potting soils. A soil labeled fertilizer starter charge contains a minimal amount of fertilizer mixed into [...]

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