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…

Summer Time Hot Dog & Fresh Vegetable Stir Fry

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhatAGrillWants #CollectiveBias Summer is the Perfect Time for my Hot Dog & Fresh Vegetable Stir Fry. During the summer time I am always looking for simple recipes that are easy to make and lend themselves to outdoor eating. …

Celebrate the 4th of July with a Patriotic Fruit Flag

This patriotic fruit flag is easy to do, delicious and makes a great centerpiece for your holiday table. See how to make it at thegardeningcook.com/patriotic-fruit-flag

Impress your Friends with a Patriotic Fruit Flag. We had friends over for brunch on Sunday, and I wanted to add a festive patriotic accent to our table since the holiday is just a week away. I wanted something that we would eat (I hate wasting food on craft projects unless I plan to serve…

14 Pruning Tips for Great Looking Plants + a New Giveaway

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To get the Most out of Garden Plants, Follow these Pruning Tips. If you study the habits of any gardener who has wonderful looking plants and shrubs, you will know that proper pruning is a key to their success.   Done correctly, pruning will add to the beauty of any garden plant or shrub. But done…

Green Beans with Garlic and Mushrooms

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Easy Summer Side Dish – Green beans with Garlic and Mushrooms. I love summer time cooking.  It gives me a chance to make vegetables the star item in my dinner time menu.  This recipe for Green beans with garlic and mushrooms is the perfect way to make a vegetable the feature on a summer dinner…

How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Follow these 10 tips to attract hummingbirds to your garden and this will be the best hummingbird season yet.

Plants and Color are the Key if you want to Attract Hummingbirds. There is nothing quite like the sight of hummingbirds around a feeder, flittering their wings the way only hummingbirds seem to do.  How to Attract hummingbirds to your garden might seem like a big task, but it is really quite easy if you…

Birth Order – My Sisters and Middle Sister Wines

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Middle Sister Wines are Perfect for My Sisters and Me. I come from a very large family of 6 children, born and raised in Maine. I am the oldest, with 3 middle sisters and two younger brothers.  When I learned about Middle Sister Wines and their varieties of wines, all named after “middle sister personalities,”…

14 Tips for a Successful Garden Make Over

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This post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook. Get A Successful Garden Make Over With 14 Easy Tips. It’s that time again. Time to transform one of my garden beds that just won’t seem to keep to a single design. I call it my…

Caprese Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad

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Add Color to your Dinner with this Caprese Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad. For me, there is nothing quite like the taste of garden fresh tomatoes, especially those that you have grown yourself.  My tomatoes have just started growing this year and I am really enjoying the sweet taste and freshness of them.  This Caprese Tomato…

DIY Old Bookcase Garden Make Over

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My Old Bookcase Garden Make Over Give a Pop of Color in my backyard. I love to re-purpose tired and dilapidated old furniture and household goods. It is fun to think outside the box and come up with a new way to use them.  My latest project is this old book case garden make over…

5 Tips for a Flourishing Summer Garden

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Get a Flourishing Summer Garden with These 5 Tips This is a guest post written By Jennifer Riner of Zillow If you’re late to the game on spring gardening, no fear. There’s still time to create a beautiful, vivacious garden at home. Given the warmer weather, however, it’s important to take some precautions – which…

DIY Cement Blocks Plant Shelf

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Tidy up your Plant Pots with This DIY Cement Blocks Plant Shelf. This cement blocks Plant Shelf is the perfect way to show off a collection of plants and to add a focal point to a garden bed.One of my garden beds is getting a make over this year. (again!)   Since I have a lot…

10 of my Favorite Vodka Drinks

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It’s Cocktail Hour with my 10 Favorite Vodka Drinks. There are two ways to drink vodka – for purists – neat, with no mixers or flavorings and in mixed drinks and, for casual drinkers, in mixed drinks and cocktails.  Everyone who dabbled into the realm of spirits as a teenager has probably had a screwdriver.…

Sounds of the Southwest with Musical Planters

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These Musical Planters Ring in the Sounds of the Southwest in my Garden. I have a new garden bed which has a South West Focal point as a seating area and I have carried the colors of turquoise and terra cotta through the garden with both accent pieces, planters and plants themselves.  These musical planters…

DIY Hose Guides – Easy Gardening Project

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Protect Your Plants with the DIY Hose Guides I have really large garden beds in my front and back yard. Some are easy to manage as far as the hose goes and others have paths in them that really require hose guides to keep the hose off my plants.  I priced recently and found them…

The Best Vegetables for Beginning Gardeners

Make your gardening experience a success every time. The 10 easiest Vegetables for beginning gardeners to grow.

Get a Good Harvest with these Best Vegetables for Beginning Gardeners. If you are just starting out into the world of vegetable gardening, the last thing you will want to do is choose hard to grow vegetables.  My list of the best Vegetables for beginning gardeners will help you to choose those with the greatest…

11 Tips for Growing a Vegetable Garden on a Deck

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This post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook. Growing a Vegetable Garden on a Deck is easy with these 11 tips. Growing fresh vegetables is one of the highlights of my summer gardening experience. To me, there is nothing quite like taking out an…

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