History of the Jack O’Lantern

2020-10-22T15:17:32-04:00October 22nd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Edibles|

There is a connection in folklore and popular culture between pumpkins and the supernatural, so it’s no wonder that carving pumpkins at Halloween has become tradition in the U.S. The custom of carving lanterns from pumpkins derives from folklore about a lost soul wandering the earth. In Ireland, a man called Stingy Jack was so [...]

Getting Pumped Over Pumpkins

2020-10-22T15:22:54-04:00October 22nd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Edibles|

October is Pumpkin Month! Fall is symbolized by great warm colors and harvest abundance. One of the most symbolic icons of the fall season is the pumpkin. Found in greens, whites, yellows and oranges, the pumpkin is synonymous with fall decor and cuisine. Pumpkin is native to North America (Southern U.S. and Northern Mexico) and [...]

The Mid-Summer Gardening Blues

2020-06-29T13:19:53-04:00June 29th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Plants|Tags: , , , |

You’ve been a busy gardener. You’ve planned, you’ve gotten down and dirty preparing your soil, you’ve added all the goodies your plants needed, you’ve spent numerous hours pulling weeds and keeping things neat and tidy, you’ve given each plant the best start possible and in turn, they are producing fruit and blooming beautifully for you. [...]

Annuals Make Big Impact In Garden!

2020-06-27T22:34:55-04:00June 27th, 2020|Categories: Annuals, Blog|Tags: |

Need to fill in flowerbeds quick? Want low maintenance flower beds? Choose high impact annuals such as Kong Coleus, Wave Petunias, Zinnias and fast-growing Sweet Potato Vine. Kong Coleus is an easy-to-care for plant, adding unique color to shade or part sun flowerbeds or containers. This plant thrives in the heat when planted in good [...]

Growing Onions in Small Spaces

2020-06-06T08:41:48-04:00June 6th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Edibles, Vegetables|

Onion is an ancient food dating back to 5000 B.C. It was introduced to North America by the pilgrims and was one of the first crops planted by the colonists. A large number of varieties can be found today ranging from large sweet onions to scallions. With the ability to enhance many foods, onions are [...]

Garden Preparation

2020-05-21T20:03:03-04:00May 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog, Soil|

Before plants go into the ground, there is plenty to do in the garden. Plants take up a lot of minerals and nutrients from the ground and throughout the growing season, especially if they are producing vegetables. These both need to be replenished in the spring if you want keep an equally well producing garden. [...]

Mouth Watering Strawberries

2020-05-11T14:37:58-04:00May 11th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Edibles, Fruits, Hooks Tips, Plants|

When it comes to summer flavors, the strawberry is maybe the first thought that comes to mind. Juicy and sweet, these fruits can be used in many ways from homemade ice cream and jam to toppings for cakes and refreshing summer drinks, but eaten straight from the vine, is undeniably an experience in itself. There [...]

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

2020-05-11T13:53:43-04:00May 11th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Edibles, Hooks Tips|

If you love fresh picked tomatoes but have no room for a full garden, don’t worry, there is a way to grow your own! Tomatoes are one of those fruits that are best picked fresh. While they travel just fine to the grocery store, there seems to be nothing quite like a vine ripened tomato, [...]

Growing Beautiful & Healthy Succulents Indoors

2020-04-14T19:04:29-04:00April 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Plants, Plants, Plants We Love|Tags: , , |

Growing Beautiful & Healthy Succulents Indoors Succulents have always been popular as indoor plants not only because of their glorious shapes and forms but also because these plants can survive in moderate light, and low humidity. They are quite sturdy as they can endure weeks of neglect by storing water within their fleshy leaves, stems, [...]

Larger Potatoes, No Problem…. Chit Them!

2020-04-14T18:37:31-04:00April 9th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Edibles, Ideas We Love, Miscellaneous, Plants, Plants, Plants We Love, Vegetables|Tags: , |

Hook’s Tips Starting your potatoes. Seed potatoes are grown specifically for starting new plants. They are usually smaller in size than you may find in the grocery store and have not been treated with a growth inhibitor (meant to stop or slow sprouting). Here’s How: You can Chit your potatoes about two to three weeks [...]

Digitalis

2019-07-07T15:32:30-04:00July 7th, 2019|Categories: Perennials, Plants We Love|

Foxglove, also known as digitalis, are gorgeous woodland plants that attract birds, bees and hummingbirds to the garden while also being deer and rabbit resistant. These showy plants feature tall stalks of distinctive bell shaped flowers in late spring to mid summer. Digitalis makes a wonderful addition to any garden by adding eye-catching height and [...]

It’s Not Too Late To Plant Vegetables!

2019-07-07T15:31:30-04:00July 7th, 2019|Categories: Vegetables|

It is not too late to get vegetables planted. If the poor weather this spring has delayed planting or damaged your vegetable garden this year, do not fret! There is still time to get a garden planted or replant a garden damaged by the storms. Tomatoes, peppers and many other vegetables have a short enough [...]

Black Eyed Susan: Distinguishing Between the Many Varieties

2019-07-01T13:55:27-04:00July 5th, 2019|Categories: Annuals, Blog, Plants, Plants, Plants We Love|

We are all familiar with the classic Black-eyed Susan look featuring yellow ray flowers around a dark brown or black center cone, but we may not be aware of the many types of Black-eyed Susan plants available. Black-eyed Susan plants come in many different varieties including upright growers and vines and ranging from annuals to [...]

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