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 [...]

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 [...]

Echinacea

2019-06-06T13:08:23-04:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Perennials, Plants We Love|

Echinacea is a stunning low maintenance perennial that comes in a wide range of colors. ‘PowWow Wildberry’ and ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ are some of our favorite varieties of echinaceas. Echinacea 'PowWow Wildberry' have stunning purple-rose ray flowers around an orange brown cone that attract birds and butterflies to your garden. These hardy plants are drought, deer, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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, [...]

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