Rosemary

2019-06-23T20:20:14-04:00June 25th, 2019|Categories: Herbs|

Rosemary is a fabulous culinary herb to grow and has many uses in and out of the kitchen. Rosemary has been used by many different civilizations since first appearing in cuneiform writings from the 5 millennium BC in Sumeria. Besides being featured in delicious dishes around the world rosemary is also has medicinal uses, such [...]

Harvesting, Drying and Storing Herbs

2019-06-23T20:19:33-04:00June 25th, 2019|Categories: Herbs, Hooks Tips|

Herbs are meant to be used. Here’s a quick guide for harvesting, drying and storing herbs from your garden. Whichever method you choose to use be sure to label the dried or frozen final product for future use. Tips for Harvesting Herbs: Ideally aim to harvest herbs on a sunny day after the dew is [...]

Tarragon

2019-06-23T20:14:26-04:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: Herbs|

Tarragon is a fabulous herb with a slightly licorice taste that is frequently used in French cuisine. There are three varieties of tarragon, French, Russian and Mexican. We carry French tarragon which has a hearty taste. Tarragon originated in Serbia and slowly spread to Germany and France over the course of history before becoming a [...]

Thyme

2019-06-23T20:11:27-04:00June 23rd, 2019|Categories: Herbs|

Thyme is a fabulously fragrant, attractive herb native to the mediterranean region. Thyme attracts pollinators to the garden and is hardy enough to withstand the winter weather in Ohio. Thyme has been used in recipes, medicines and symbolically for hundreds of years. Historically, thyme was given to knights heading off to battle in medieval times, [...]

The Benefits of Growing Borage

2019-06-19T17:19:37-04:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: Herbs, Plants We Love|

Borage, also known as starflower, is a fantastic companion to legumes, spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, squash, and strawberries. Plant borage in a veggie garden as a natural pesticide free way to help keep pests away from these crops. Borage is a heavy producer of pollen, so it attracts bees, this helps increase pollination of the nearby [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Warm Season Crops

2019-05-28T20:56:52-04:00May 28th, 2019|Categories: Herbs, Vegetables, What We Offer|

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, [...]

Cottage Garden

2019-05-24T15:14:02-04:00May 26th, 2019|Categories: Annuals, Edibles, Fruits, Herbs, Ideas We Love, Perennials, Plants We Love, Shrub, Vegetables|

Cottage Gardens are defined by their causal, sprawling layout and a riot of color. They are characterized by a refined rustic feel and a look of bountiful abundance and color. Traditionally, cottage gardens contained a combination of flowers and edibles such as herbs, berries and vegetables. Cottage garden tips: Start small: gardens beds require lots [...]

Rabbit Resistant Plants

2019-04-30T17:46:23-04:00April 30th, 2019|Categories: Annuals, Herbs, Hooks Tips, Perennials, Plants We Love, Shrub, Vegetables|

Rabbits are adorable critters that can cause problems in the garden. No plants are completely rabbit proof and young plants are particularly vulnerable. That being said, some plants are generally considered rabbit resistant. These plants tend to be thorny, spiny, heavily aromatic or that secrete a milky sap which makes them less appetizing to rabbits. Here at Hook’s we [...]

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