How to Propogate Spider Plants from Babies

Mature spider plant

Love having new plants for free?  This project is for you.  It is super easy to propagate spider plants from the babies that the mother plant sends out on the ends of long arching stems.  Spider Plants – botanical name Chlorophytum – are one of the easiest of plants to propagate.  I first became familiar…

Using Bicycles in the Garden as Planters

Baby Blue Bicycle Planter

I love to find ideas about recycling or re-purposing household items in garden projects. Someone else’s trash can always be a garden treasure  Bicycle planters make great garden accents for both annuals and perennial plants. Bicycle Planters in the Garden. Using items around the house in new and unusual ways add a whimsical look to…

10 Best Herbs for Kitchen Gardens

Kitchen garden herbs

There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh herbs in recipes.  They add a fullness of flavor that dried herbs just can’t match. And growing herbs for kitchen gardens is so easy to do, everyone should have a few pots of them either on the patio, in the vegetable garden, or even growing indoors…

Nectar plants for Swallowtail Butterflies

swallowtail butterfly on lantana

Nothing makes me smile more than going out into my garden and seeing Swallowtail butterflies fluttering around.  Did you know that planting certain plants will make sure that you have these pretty visitors to your yard? These swallowtail nectar plants will attract the butterflies to your garden. They just can’t resist them! Swallowtail butterflies are very…

Popsicle Recipes – Over 25 Home Made Icy Pop Ideas

Popsicle Recipes

Frozen icy pops are a fun and refreshing sweet treat to enjoy during the hot summer months.  They are very easy to make and the sky is the limit when it comes to ingredients that you can use.  These home made Popsicle Recipes show that it’s easy to be cool in a tasty way. They are…

Regrow Your Food From Kitchen Scraps

Vegetables that will re-grow

I love to save money and I don’t like to waste things that can be reused or recycled in another way.  Did you know that many common vegetables are very easy to regrow from ordinary kitchen scraps?   I love the idea that you can use to regrow your food. What a great way to…

Succulent Bird Cage Planter – Super Easy DIY Garden Project

Succulent Bird Cage Planter

I just love using household items in my garden in a creative way.  Today’s project is going to be to transform an old birdcage into a succulent birdcage planter. Succulents require very little maintenance and this makes them the perfect choice for this type of project.  You can place the birdcage on an occasional table, hang…

50+ Tried and Tested Uses for Vinegar

vinegar uses

Vinegar is a versatile and effective household product that is more useful than just for making salad dressing. There are dozens of vinegar uses in the home. From soaking your sponges to keeping your counters free of ants, this product is a must have. I recently had to deal with ants in my kitchen and tested some…

Testing 5 Borax Ant Killer Remedies – Which ones Work?

Testing 4 Homemade ant killers against Terro. Which one works best? Find out at http://thegardeningcook.com/testing-borax-ant-killer-remedies/

Do you have a problem with ants in your home as soon as the warm weather arrives?  I know that I do and I don’t like it at all. I decided to test 5 different Borax Ant Killers against the more toxic retail version of Terro to see which one works the best for me.…

Chocolate Watermelon Popsicles

Bowl of strawberry chocolate pops on ice

Summer is here and the eating is easy – and so are these Chocolate Watermelon Popsicles. They are creamy and crunchy and super sweet from the fresh summer watermelon. Making Chocolate Watermelon Popsicles. Don’t you just love the taste of frozen desserts when the summer heat is upon us? My family does too, so I…

Almond Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies

When I was a kid, one of my favorite treats was an ice cream sandwich.  This neat recipe gives me that feel but also uses home made cookies for the outside.  What a great cold dessert this is for a hot summer day or to treat yourself any time of the year!  Just make the cookies…

Declining Bee Population – How Important are They?

Bees are so important in our gardens. Find out why and how to attract them at http://thegardeningcook.com/the-importance-of-bees-in-nature/

With all the talk of GMOs, pesticides and large scale farming, one has to ask the question “How important are bees to our Food Supply and to nature in general?”  I, for one, and many of my gardening friends have noted the declining bee population.  And those that do visit our yards are the bumble bees, rather…

Champagne Popsicles – Adult Frozen Desserts that Beat the Heat

Popsicles made from champagne

I love Popsicle recipes in the summer time. They are easy to make, fun to eat and really beat the heat. These champagne popsicles are a boozy sweet treat that is just for mum and dad though. No kids allowed!Making popsicles at home is a fun and inexpensive way to beat the summer heat. I’ve seen…

Tips for Dealing with Invasive Pests

Do your share to help fight invasive pests

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The opinions and text are all mine.  It is time for some tips for dealing with invasive pests. Anyone who spends time in the garden knows how disheartening it can be…

No Bake Nut Butter Cookies – Dairy Free – Gluten Free

Nut butter Cookies

I love no bake cookies. They are easy to make, keep well and taste delicious.  These no bake nut butter cookies have an amazing chocolate and peanut butter taste but are nut free and gluten free, as well. Following a wheat free diet means that you may need to use some gluten free replacements or substitutes in your…

Plants That Don’t Need Deadheading

A lot of my time spent in maintaining my summer garden is spent in deadheading. So, finding plants that don’t need deadheading to add to my garden beds is something that I am always in search of.  What is deadheading? Basically, this gardening term refers to the time spent removing old flower blooms to allow…

Seasoned Cauliflower Rice – Mexican Style

Mexican cauliflower rice

This Seasoned Cauliflower Rice is very easy to make and has a Mexican spice combination that gives the side dish a delicious flavor.  I served it recently with my Mexican Chori Pollo Recipe to make a lovely and tasty gluten free meal.       Making Seasoned Cauliflower Rice is quick and easy! I love…

Garden Tour – See What is Blooming in July

Summer garden tour

It’s time for this week’s garden tour.  I love July in my summer garden.  The color is amazing and there seems to be something new for me each day as I wander around my garden beds.  This week’s garden tour One of my favorite times of the day is when I go outside and walk…