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Planting Bulbs: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Planting bulbs in the fall is a great way to celebrate the warmer weather when they bloom in early spring! Here are 5 things to take into consideration when doing your planting:

1. It’s (almost) never too late. Most bulbs (like Tulips, Hyacinths and Crocuses) can be planted well into the fall as long as there is diggable ground, but there are a few exceptions. Some bulbs need to be planted as soon as they are available, in order to bloom as desired in the spring, like: Eranthis, Erythronium, Eremurus, Trillium and Anemone.

2. Location, location, location. Most bulbs do best in full sun, so for maximum success, take exposure into consideration when planting.

3. Dig deep. Though there are varying opinions on the required depth of planting, the general consensus dictates that a hole about 8” deep is what you need for successful spring growth.

4. Hide and Seek. Here are suggestions for keeping animals from digging up your bulbs: layer mulch or blood meal over and around the bulbs to try and disguise them and repel interested critters or layer chicken wire over bulbs until they start to bloom. Chili pepper can also be a deterrent for animals, though with weather changes, it could be difficult to get it to stay in one spot. 5. Be generous. In case they don’t all sprout – or you lose some to the animals – plant generously to ensure that you have a get the look you are hoping for once spring arrives.

For more useful hints and tips, check out our blog here http://www.hockley.com/blog/

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3 Reasons Why Fall Planting Might Be Even Better!

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Was your summer so busy that you put off planting? Not to worry, procrastination can pay off! According to canadiangardening.com, fall is a hearty time of year to plant your perennials. You might want to give fall planting a grow this year, and here’s why:

1. Perennials (including many shrubs and trees) often do better planted in the fall because they don’t have the temperature contrast of cool soil and warm/hot weather, making their rooting process more successful.

2. If a spring-planted perennial does not root well initially, it is more susceptible to winter damage, meaning that you may lose some of come the following spring. (This issue is almost always avoided with fall planting.)

3. Summer droughts often hinder spring-planted growth, a problem generally avoided with fall planting because rain levels are generally high and evaporation levels tend to be low.

If you thought you missed planting season because you skimped in the spring, now’s the time to plant your perennials! Some great choices for fall planting include: Maple, Horse Chestnut, Lady’s Mantle, Pinks, Daylily, Hosta, Daisy, Lily, Crabapple, Peony, Spruce, Pine, Hens and Chicks.

As long as you get them in the ground about 6 weeks before the frost stays, you should be able to watch your garden grow beautifully come spring.

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Rosemary: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Rosemary is an herb with some surprising health benefits! Here is a list of 5 facts you might not already know about this tasty herb:*

1. It’s a great source of Vitamins A, B-complex and C, iron, calcium and fibre as well potassium, however, rosemary taken in large doses by pregnant women can be harmful.

2. With only 131 calories per 100g, and no cholesterol, rosemary is a valuable addition to almost any recipe! In fact, here is a list of 36 ways you can do just that… http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/delicious-things-to-do-with-leftover-rosemary#2stb3rl

3. Dried rosemary, kept in an airtight container, in a cool, dark place, will stay fresh for several months.

4. Rosemary is often used in tea, to help with cold and headache remedies. To make the tea, use about 1 tsp. of fresh or dried rosemary leaves per 1 cup of boiled water. Add the leaves to a tea infuser and steep.

5. Along with sage, peppermint, oregano and thyme, rosemary contains rosmarinic acid, a natural polyphenolic antioxidant which has been found to have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant functions.

At Hockley Valley Resort, we grow and we use rosemary in a wide variety of dishes. Our 4-acre organic garden is a testament to our farm-to-table philosophy. Enjoy an amazing culinary experience at cabin, or Babbo today! http://www.hockley.com/DiningPromotions.cfm

*Source: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/rosemary-herb.html

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Organic Gardening: Keeping Pests Out!

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We know organic gardening brings fresh, pesticide-free produce and a healthier diet, but how do you save your bounty from hungry local wildlife? Here is a list of some of the more common garden pests and some time-tested tricks to help keep them out of your garden:

  1. Insects: Got aphids? Consider attracting their predator, the lady bug (typically drawn to Queen Anne’s Lace, dill and fennel) who will eat up all those aphids. For mosquitos, try planting citronella, ageratum or catnip to keep them away. As a general tip, marigolds can be used to combat beetles, squash bugs, tomato hornworms and whiteflies – making them a great choice as an overall bug deterrent in your garden.

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