DIY Pumpkin Projects and Crafts

Pumpkin projects

I love fall. The smells and colors abound and it’s the beginning of festive holidays for the rest of the year.  And of course it is the beginning of Everything Pumpkin Time!  These DIY pumpkin projects will add lots of seasonal decor to your home with very little cost. You can carve pumpkins and there…

Window Box Planters – How to Plant Window Boxes

Window box planters

I have recently discovered a love for window boxes.  During my summer vacation, we toured 10 states and visited many Botanical Gardens. Seeing how many ways there are to dress up your home with window box planters was inspiring. They are a fabulous way to create curb appeal and are easy to take care of. Window…

DIY Scrap Wood Pumpkins – Cute Fall Curb Appeal

Scrap wood pumpkins with moss and pine cones

I love making home decor projects that either use supplies I have on hand or can be recycled from something else.  In the case of these scrap wood pumpkins, the starting point was an old mail box post that was left over when I gave our front mail box a makeover this summer. I just…

Pruning Rosemary – How and When to Prune Rosemary Plants

Pruning fresh rosemary

Rosemary is a perennial herb that I use all the time in cooking. It is earthy, flavorful and very hardy in the garden. Rosemary is quite easy to control if you keep it in a pot, but if you have it growing freely in the garden, it can easily get woody and shabby looking. This…

Pumpkin Chili for Fall – Crock Pot Healthy Pumpkin Chili

Turkey chili with pumpkin puree

I use pumpkin a lot in the fall, both for decor and in my recipes, but most of the recipes that I have made in the past have been sweet pumpkin desserts. This tasty pumpkin chili uses pumpkin puree to make a more savory dish that your whole family will enjoy. Pumpkin season is heading…

PlantSnap Mobile App – Tips and Tricks for Best Results

I have been compensated by PlantSnap for this post. All opinions are mine alone. #hunting4plants It’s time to try the PlantSnap Mobile App. Have you ever been in a garden setting and wondered how to identify a plant that you have just come across? So have I! That is where the PlantSnap mobile app comes into use.…

Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve

Touring a botanical garden with children in tow can be a challenge. But this is not so with Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve. This delightful garden center seems tailor made for kids and is the perfect way to introduce them to flowers and nature! My husband and I enjoy touring Botanical Gardens.  In…

Quick and Easy Halloween DIY projects

Halloween decor projects

Halloween is the beginning of the festive season that seems to lend itself to decorating.  Try one of these cute Halloween DIY projects to dress up your home and yard for the holiday and for fall in general. The colors of autumn really lend themselves to setting a Halloween mood. Bring the outdoor inside with colorful…

Apple Crumble Baked Apples – A Healthy Alternative

Apple crumble baked apples with caramel sauce

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareTheJoyOfPie #CollectiveBias It’s time to make some apple crumble baked apples. T’is the season for all things yummy.  Unfortunately, that might mean t’is the season for extra pounds too! This delicious recipe for apple crumble baked apples gives us…

What To Plant for Fall Gardens

Vegetables for fall gardens

For many of you, vegetable gardening is coming to an end.  My beans are almost done, tomatoes are long gone (thanks to my squirrels) and lettuce bolted long ago. Fall Gardens often look bare, but there are plenty of vegetables that will actually produce if planted in late summer. Plant Now to Harvest in Fall…

Cleveland Zoo Visit

Cleveland Zoo

Our summer vacation this year was a mainly tour of Historic Homes and Botanical Gardens in 7 Eastern and Midwest States. But while we were in Ohio, we stopped into the Cleveland Zoo and spent a few hours admiring the animals. This big zoo houses 3,000 animals of over 600 species on abut 180 acres…

Tips for Making Perfect Fudge Every Time

Making fudge is a holiday tradition, until yours does not set well. Follow these 15 tips for making perfect fudge and yours will turn our great every time. thegardeningcook.com

How are your fudge making skills?  Do you end up with beautifully set fudge that forms nice little parcels, or do you find it a challenge?  These cooking tips for making perfect fudge will have you getting wonderful results every time from now on. Tips for making perfect fudge One of my favorite things to do…

Perserving Herbs by Drying and Freezing

Ways to preserve herbs

It is getting to that time of the year again.  My vegetable gardening projects are slowing down and I have to start thinking about the first frost.  It is also the time to start thinking about preserving herbs that seem to be in abundant supply right now. I have a huge group of fresh herbs…

Propagating Succulents – How-to Tutorial

Propagating succulents

 Succulents are very drought hardy plants that are often uses for indoor gardens.  They are easy to grow and also easy to root for new plants.  These tips for propagating succulents will give you dozens of extra plants in no time at all. Get plants for free with these tips for propagating succulents. Plants for…

14 Pruning Tips for Great Looking Plants

14 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 perennial or shrub. But done incorrectly, one might just as well not bother at all.  These pruning…

10 Tips to Make Gardening Easier

Get the kids involved with gardening chores

Most gardeners love being out in the garden, but few want to see it as a chore. Even though the temperatures are getting cooler in most of the country, there are still lots of opportunities to make gardening easier.   Make Gardening Easier by Following these 10 Tips With a bit of planning and a…

Trench Composting with Kitchen Scraps

How to improve your Soil

Most organic vegetable gardeners are aware of the benefits of having compost pile.  Adding kitchen scraps to a bin or mound of decaying plant matter gives the perfect mix of green brown matter to make a compost pile work well. But what can you do if you don’t have the time or space for composting…

Best Gardens – Creative Gardening Ideas

creative gardening fun

Here are some of my favorites gardening ideas from the best of the internet.  The ideas range from soup to nuts.  There is something for all gardening styles here.  My only requirement for a recipe to land on this page is that it must inspire me and have something to do with creative gardening. Searching…