Potpourris and Sachets

2019-06-23T20:23:28-04:00June 27th, 2019|Categories: Herbs, Ideas We Love|

Potpourris and sachets make wonderful gifts and can fill a room with amazing fragrance. There are three different types of potpourris or sachets, open potpourris and simmering potpourris. Sachets are an aromatic combination of dried herbs and flowers contained within a small pillow or cheesecloth bit typically placed in a drawer for fragrance. Potpourris are [...]

Herbal Baths

2019-06-23T20:21:56-04:00June 26th, 2019|Categories: Herbs, Ideas We Love|

Another relaxing way to enjoy the products of your herb garden is an herbal bath. Herbal baths can help soothe sore muscles, ease anxiety, and keep your skin healthy. The different herbs and ingredients added to the bath determine its effects. For example, chamomile helps soothe skin irritations and calm emotions while lavender blossoms are [...]

Herbal Teas

2019-06-23T20:22:34-04:00June 26th, 2019|Categories: Herbs, Ideas We Love|

Lemon Verbena Herbal teas are perfect for a relaxing afternoon. Herbal teas have no caffeine in them because black tea from the plant Camella sinensis, is not added in the blend. There are over 3,000 varieties of this one plant that give rise to the many types of tea seen in stores today. [...]

Milkweed and Monarchs

2019-06-22T14:33:10-04:00June 22nd, 2019|Categories: Ideas We Love, Plants We Love, What We Offer|

It is National Pollinator Week! This week celebrates the ecosystem services provided by all pollinators including butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, bats, beetles, moths, small mammals, flies and wasps. Pollinator’s perform a vital role in flowering plant reproduction and are necessary for the production of fruits and vegetables in the garden! Monarch butterflies are an iconic migrating [...]

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 [...]

National Pollinator Week!

2019-06-18T14:03:05-04:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Ideas We Love|

This week is National Pollinator Week! Pollinator’s are an essential part of the ecosystem and economy. This week is dedicated to the celebration of pollinators and spreading the word about what we can do to help them! Here at Hook’s we are celebrating pollinator week with a series of pollinator themed blogs, milkweed and plant [...]

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 [...]

Landscaping with Edibles

2019-06-04T13:30:19-04:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Edibles, Fruits, Herbs, Ideas We Love, Vegetables|

Adding vegetables fruits and herbs into existing beds can both help create visually pleasing designs and provide tasty produce. Edibles can be used to replace tired dull plants to add some spice to an existing landscaping bed. Many edibles feature spring flowers, tasty produce and can also display nice fall foliage making them a great [...]

Moon Gardens

2019-05-24T15:15:59-04:00May 26th, 2019|Categories: Ideas We Love, Plants We Love|

What is a moon garden? A moon garden is a garden designed to be enjoyed in the moonlight and typically features white or light colored blooms, nighttime fragrances and are situated to be flooded with moonlight. Moon gardens can be enjoyed after work, in the dark, or as a romantic getaway in your own backyard. [...]

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