Bugs

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…

The Importance of Bees in Nature

How important are bees?

Bees Help us Feed the World 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 how few bees came into our yards this…

50+ Tried and Tested Uses for Vinegar

50+ Creative, reader tested uses for household vineagar: thegardeningcook.com/

I recently had to deal with ants in my kitchen and tested some home made ant killers. All of them worked to some degree, but what I ended up being most impressed with was the way that vinegar and water repelled the ants (at least temporarily) when used as a cleaner for my counters. Vinegar…

My Garden In June

My Garden in June is a fabulous display of perennials, annuals, bulbs and vegetables. See all the photos at thegardeningcook.com/garden-june

It’s been a long spring with a ton of work put into my gardens.  So many of them were overgrown, and neglected last year when I spent most of my energy on my vegetable garden. Months of tilling, planting and transplanting have gone into my garden beds this year.  I enlarged my test garden by…

Testing 5 Borax Ant Killer Remedies – Which ones Work?

I recently test five ant killers. Find out which one works best.

Every so often, my kitchen gets a trail of ants in it.  No matter how much I try to keep it clean, they seem to reappear, especially when it rains.  During dry times, I don’t see them much. We had a big rain storm this week, so now I have the task of getting rid…

The Garden Charmers Share their Favorite Facebook Pages

The Garden Charmers Favorite Facebook pages

Facebook has so many great pages devoted to gardening, but the way the site now shows the content of pages, it is sometimes hard for them to get seen on news feeds. I thought it would be fun for the Garden Charmers (a GREAT Facebook page) to each share their own favorite Gardening page on…

Today’s Featured Fan – Tamara Martin

Pretties and Uglies in the Garden

Gardening Cook Fan Tamara Martin’s Photos The fans of my Facebook page are always submitting photos of their gardens and projects for me to consider for this website and The Facebook page – The Gardening Cook. Normally, I include a photo or two in specific articles, such as vegetable harvests, or garden flowers. But every…

Butterflies, Bugs, Bees and Other Garden Critters

It's lunch time!

Garden Critters add to the appeal of any garden. There is nothing like wandering around in my garden and seeing the wildlife in the form of insects buzzing around.  We all know that gardens need bees for pollination but so many other critters will find their way into a garden too.  Just provide them with…

Tobacco Hornworm (Manduca sexta)

Tobacco hornworm caterpillar

Tobacco Hornworm –  (Manduca sexta) is a huge critter I decided to prune the dead flowers from my Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) the other day.  It is attracting butterflies like crazy, but most of the flowers were long dead.  I thought pruning it would give it a chance to form new flowers before fall and attract…