The 4th of July is just around the corner. Here at Hook’s we have red, white and blue planters ready to help decorate for Independence Day celebrations. We will be closed tomorrow to spend time with our families, so be sure to stop by the greenhouse today for these quick and easy patriotic centerpieces!
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 [...]
As the days warm up it is time to start thinking about getting warm season crops. Warm season crops, or traditional summer crops, are crops whose fruits rather than roots or leaves are the edible part. These plants require warm soil and daytime temperatures to thrive and develop fruits. Cole crops, on the other hand, [...]
Every garden has at least one tricky spot where most plants do not perform well. These spots tend to be either too wet, too dry or too rocky. Luckily there are plants that not only can tolerate these unusual conditions but can thrive in them. Spaces in the garden that are constantly wet or tend [...]
Here at Hook’s we use Pro-mix soils in all of our in house grown plants, because of the high quality of each of their premium soil mixes. Each Pro-mix soil mix is specially formulated to have unique properties to fit your gardening needs. Most Pro-mix soil mixes are labeled as Mycoactive, meaning that they contain [...]
Baccto and Garden Magic soils are good quality products for a fair price. In addition, these soils are also more natural than other brands. Hook’s carries a variety of Baccto and Garden Magic products listed below: Garden Magic Compost and Manure is an odor-free blend of natural organic reed sedge peat and composted animal [...]
Miracle Gro is a well known, high quality soil brand. Each of their soil mixes are specially formulated for your gardening needs. Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix absorbs more water than ordinary potting soil. It contains sphagnum peat moss, coir and a wetting agent to retain more water and enable less frequent waterings. We [...]
FoxFarm Soils are quality high nutrient soils. FoxFarms carries potting soils and soil conditioners to meet your indoor and outdoor gardening needs. Happy Frog Potting Soil is specially designed for container planting. It contains soil microbes to help improve root efficiency and nutrient uptake. Additionally, Happy Frog Potting Soil contains earthworm castings, bat guano, and [...]
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 [...]
Plants have specific nutrients needs for healthy growth and development, most of which are taken up from the soil by the plants roots. These nutrients are the building blocks for plant tissues. Overtime, watering leaches nutrients from soil and fertilizer is needed to replace them. This process happens especially fast in potted plants. There are [...]
Hanging baskets are a great way to add instant color to a porch or garden. They last longer than cut flowers and with proper care can last the whole season. Here are a few tips to pass along to help keep hanging baskets looking great all summer long. Picking the right plants for the right [...]
Spring is here and grass is starting to take off. Here are a couple of Hook’s Tips to help get your lawn looking its best! In general, we recommend only bagging lawn clippings if diseases or fungi problems are suspected. Leaving lawn clippings allows them to be a free compost and return nutrients to the soil. [...]
Strawberry plants are easy to care for and produce delicious fruits! Strawberries are also perennials meaning that you can enjoy them year after year! When it comes to picking out which strawberry variety to grow the first thing you need to know is that there are three different types of strawberries that produce at different [...]
Pansy baskets are the great for adding a quick splash of spring color anywhere! These versatile plants perform well planted in flower beds, transplanted to pots to decorate a porch or left as they are for cute Easter baskets. Pansies are cool weather favorites that produce colorful blooms in both Spring and Fall. These frost [...]
Come check out the newly expanded The Rusty Hook Junk Shop! Featuring many vintage, re-purposed and barn fresh home decor items and antiques. These items include vintage hand painted furniture, hand painted signs, up-cycled gifts, felt and needle craft, barn finds, unique home decor and garden accents and much more!