22 Ways to Create Curb Appeal + a Giveaway

tips for adding curb appeal

This post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook. Jazz up your Home Look with these 22 Secrets to Create Curb Appeal. There is a saying that one can only have one first impression. That saying applies to the front of your home as well…

Chocolate Raspberry Swirled Mini Cheesecakes

Chocolate raspberry swirled mini cheesecakes

Enjoy the Taste of summer with these Chocolate Raspberry swirled Mini Cheesecakes. Summer is the time for me to use fresh fruits in many of my dessert recipes.  I love the lightness that they give to the dinner menu, and they are perfect to serve when you have a BBQ or grill party. These chocolate…

Tips for Growing Air Plants – Tillandsia

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Air Plants – the house plant that lives on a bit of neglect. Tillandsia is also known as an air plant. Air plants are a member of the epiphyte family. This plant needs no soil to grow and gets its nourishment from the air.  Air plants have specialized leaves that draw in nutrients. An air…

DIY Wood Shutter Makeover

The Shutters match the door

Change your Curb Appeal with This Shutter Makeover Project. Shutters have been used for years to add beauty to your home and also to give some privacy to windows.   This DIY shutter makeover project brings back some life to a worn out looking house, but does it on a budget. There are several links in…

Savory Chicken Tikka Masala Curry

Chicken Tikka Masala curry

Chicken Tikka Masala Curry is full of Flavor but not too spicy. I love savory chicken curries.  My husband can take them much hotter than I can, but I love to combine flavors to give the Indian taste without too much heat.  This recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala is perfect for me and he loves…

DIY Succulent Strawberry Planter

This strawberry planter is planted with succulents for a charming effect. See the DIY project at thegardeningcook.com/succulent-strawberry-planter

Make your own Succulent Strawberry Planter. I love strawberry planters.  The pockets on the side are perfect for plants that send out offshoots. Each little “baby” can fit into the protruding pockets to make their own little home. They are perfect for strawberry plants (of course!), spider plants and other plants like strawberry begonias. Today…

Tips for a Front Door Makeover – Before and After

New front door

Add Great Curb Appeal to your Home with a Front Door Makeover. A beautiful front door transforms the entry to your home, adds great appeal and gives a pop of color to an otherwise bland and boring entry.  This project for my front door makeover is one that I have been wanting to do for…

Warm Tuscan Bacon Potato Salad – A Grill Side dish

Warm Tuscan bacon Potato salad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FireUpTheGrill #CollectiveBias This Warm Bacon Potato Salad makes a Great Grill Side Dish. The motto in our house all summer long is “it’s time to Fire up the Grill.”  We grill most of the year, but in the…

How to Repair a Broken Planter

How to repair a broken planter

Broken Planter Becomes a Part of a Pair. Do you have a planter which is broken but you still want to use it?  I had this situation, recently, and decided to just repair my broken planter. It was easy to do and took not much time at all.I am currently in the middle of a…

Mandarin Orange Cake

Mandarin Orange Bundt Cake

I am being compensated by DOLE Canned Fruit for this recipe.  All opinions are those of The Gardening Cook. #DoleCannedFruit AD Delight your Family with This Delicious Mandarin Orange Cake. Summer time, for me, is all about recipes using fruits and vegetables.  I love the light, fresh taste that they give to recipes.  This mandarin…

DIY Decorative House Number Signboard

DIY House number signboard

Add Curb Appeal to your Front Door with this House Number Signboard. The front entry to any home gives visitors a first impression, whether it be bad or good.  Our entry needed a big makeover this year and I wanted to add a house number signboard to my list of summer projects. My husband and…

17 Tips for Creating a Cottage Garden

Cottage garden

Embrace the Romance of a Cottage Garden. I love a cottage garden.  I am not a rule follower by nature, especially when it comes to gardens, and I love the way a cottage garden throws caution to the wind in the rule department.   Do you like lots of flowers, flowing lines and a not so…

DIY Hose Pot Holder

DIY galvanized hose pot

Keep your Hose Tidy with this DIY Hose Pot Holder Project. Hoses are a necessity for any well cared for garden, but they often end up messy, tangled and full of kinks from sitting out on your lawn or garden bed.  This DIY hose pot project will give you a place to put your hose…

When to use Ratcheting Pruners

When to use ratcheting pruners

Ratcheting Pruners make Light work of Heavy Tasks. It does not matter if you have one small hydrangea bush or a yard full of garden beds.  At some point, you will need to remove some dead growth, overgrown branches or untidy flowers from your garden shrubs and plants. And some of those branches will be…

Pros and Cons of Raised Garden Beds

Raised Garden Bed

Advantages & Disadvantages of Raised Garden Beds. Vegetable gardening normally requires large plots of land in order to get good harvests.  But this is not always possible in today’s world.   Many homeowners have smaller yards, but would still like to enjoy the benefits of home grown vegetables. For them, raised garden beds may be…

14 Vegetable Garden Hacks

14 Vegetable Garden Hacks

These Vegetable Garden Hacks will Make your Life Easier. One of the big pleasures of summer for me is growing a vegetable garden.  I love to walk around and look at the way the plants are producing and to come back into the house with a basket full of vegetables. Some vegetable garden tasks are…

The White Garden – Raleigh Botanical Gardens

Gazebo in the White Gardens

White Garden at the Raleigh Botanical Gardens The JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh is a wonderful place to spend a day.   We recently had visitors from the UK who are gardeners, so we took them for a visit.  The arboretum is  “a nationally acclaimed garden with one of the largest and most diverse collections of…

Mailbox Makeover Adds Instant Curb Appeal

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Create some Curb Appeal with a Mailbox Makeover Nothing creates a first impression in your front yard more than a well detailed and maintained mailbox.  Unfortunately, mine was an eyesore and needed a lot of TLC, so I decided to do a mailbox makeover.The mailbox was on a post that was rotting away. The post…

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