This website designed by Aine Slabaugh, 2006-2021.
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in the nook farm
proprietors Tony & Aine Slabaugh

Organic Gardening
We live in USDA plant zone 6a (revised from 5b in early 2012).  We grow lavender varieties for making hydrosol, teas and crafts.  Lavandula angustifolia varieties include: Folgate, Hidcode Blue, Maillette, Melissa, Munstead & Royal Velvet.  Lavandula intermedia varieties include: Edelweiss, Phenomenal & Provence.  We also grow lots of other herbs & edible flowers for use in hydrosol, teas & cooking.  If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram (In_the_nook_farm), we regularly post what's in bloom and on the plate.
We believe it's important to be good stewards of the land, and have continued to add to our edible landscape for people and wildlife. Since purchasing the property in August of 2006, we've put in over 60  fruit trees, though not all have survived.  In the spring of 2008, we added 2 more crab apples, as well as an ornamental cherry, another blueberry, and 2 potted grapes.  2009 & 2010 brought a few more trees and grapes, blackberries & raspberries, more asparagus & horseradish were added to the herb bed.  In 2011, we celebrated Tony's birthday with the purchase of a Dawn Redwood and Aine's birthday with some David Austin roses & heirloom roses.  We've also been working hard on the vegetable garden- putting up posts, fencing, and raised beds.   We continue to add more bulbs, herbs, perennials & trees every year.   Though we don't plan to pursue organic certification, we value growing our food this way.  In 2012, we planted the courtyard area with 5 blueberries, added more lavender varieties and in the fall planted more hard neck garlic varieties. Though not a garden plant, we have also added oyster mushroom logs, so hopefully will get wild morels, shiitakes & oysters!   A small ramp patch had been added as well.  2013 brought Persimmon trees, 2 Norway Spruce, Chicken of the Woods mushroom logs and new varieties of garlic in the fall.  2014 brought new vegetable varieties to try, and we lost some lavender in the harsh winter.  2015 brought new garlic, asparagus, great potatoes and the harvest of Franklinia leaves for tea.  2016 & 2017 lots more lavender and herbs. For 2018, we expanded our pollinator areas, as we are blessed to have bee hives on the farm.  We have been making small batch tea blends using farm grown herbs.  2019 had us planting more lavender( & replaced what the sheep ate), roses, herbs & putting in a few more fruit trees.  2020 was our 25th wedding anniversary and to celebrate, we planted 100 trees- most of them Concolor Fir, Bald Cypress and Sugar Maple.  More shiitake logs were plugged to replace the older logs and some rugosa roses added for hips and hydrosol. Aine and Tony are both certified Master Gardeners  and members the West Virginia Herb Association 
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Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote Blue. Wonderful fragrance used for hydrosol, tea & culinary.
Question Mark butterfly
Morels- springtime delights!
one of the seasonal streams
Avonlea gets into gardening too!
winter along the river
daylilies, lambs ear and lavender
Wild American Plum blooms - the fragrance is incredible- sweet and spicy!  We make a limited quantity hydrosol from blooms and later make jam from the fruit.
Echinacea is great for the pollinators and for people too
swallowtail on a zinnia.  Though we mostly focus on perennials, we also plant annual seeds like cosmos, sunflowers & zinnias.
one of our first tea blends.
Franklinia bloom.  Pollinators love these blooms and the tree is a lovely addition for the autumn landscape.  The leaves can be used as a non caffeinated tea substitute.
Fritillary butterfly
blackberry leaves with frost
The blessings of growing flowers- we make bouquets, teas and eat some of them.  They attract pollinators & birds which helps our veggies too.
A view of our farm
lavender harvest-
Lavandula intermedia Provence,
Lavandula intermedia Edelweiss. A beautiful white lavender used for arrangements and hydrosol.
garden gate- the image our logo is based on