Container Gardening

Budget Front Yard Make Over and a Summer Garden Blog Hop

Charming front yard seating area

Charming Seating Area with this Budget Front Yard Makeover. I am all about gardening on a budget.  With the amount of garden beds that I have, (8 and counting!) I have to be. I had a neglected Pine tree garden that was in dire need of a make over and I wanted to make it…

2014 Holiday Gardening Gift Guide – 11 Great Garden Gifts

2014 Holiday Gardening Gift Guide

Fill the stockings of your plant loving friends with these Gardening Gift Guide Suggestions. Anyone who gardens is normally on the look out for different gardening products and gadgets, so I have created a Gardening Cook 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.  If you are looking for something special to treat someone that you love who spends…

6 Easy Houseplants to Grow

6 easy to grow houseplants

I used to mainly grow indoor plants.  Most of my time, now, is spent with my perennials and vegetable garden, but I still have a love for houseplants that can be grown indoors. They bring nature into your home and can be used to decorate, and even clean the air in your home. These easy…

Recycle that Watering Can into Garden Art

DIY Gardeners Share their favorite ways to use watering cans as garden art

Last year, I found a neat watering can at a huge discount and turned it into a DIY scarecrow project for fall.  Fall is long gone (but soon to come again!)  During the year, I have used the watering can over and over with various plants in it. At the moment, I have some white…

DIY Wooden Spoon Herb Plant Markers

DIY Wooden Spoon Herb Plant Markers

I have a large group of herbs in pots on my deck.  I am lucky that they are producing here in NC from early spring until well into the fall. The rosemary and chives even stay green all winter for me.  I thought it would be fun to make some plant markers for the herbs. …

Container Vegetable Gardening for Small Spaces

If you don't have space in your yard for a big vegetable garden, you can still grow veggies. Try container gardening. See how to do this at thegardeningcook.com/

Vegetable gardening is such a satisfying experience. There is nothing quite like biting into a tomato that was just picked from your garden.  The flavor is nothing like that of the ones bought from a store, even the vine ripened ones. Container Vegetable Gardens are a great way to garden when your yard is small.…

Elizabethan Garden Statues – Manteo – Roanoke Island

The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, NC have some wonderful renaissance statues that accent the gardens. See more of these beauties at thegardeningcook.com/

My husband and I recently attended a wedding on the coast of North Carolina.  While we were there, we took the time to visit the Elizabethan Gardens at Manteo on Roanoke Island. The gardens are a fabulous experience.  They feature 10 acres of wonderful  tree lined and shaded paths with lovely water views.  The gardens…

Natural Paths for Garden Beds

HOw to create Natural Garden Pathways that Keep the Weeds away.

Anyone who has priced hardscaping lately knows how expensive it can be, particularly if you have large areas to cover. I am redoing my whole area that I used last year for veggies.  Long story short, the squirrels were a nightmare for me and I don’t plan to go through that experience a second time. …

My Garden in May – Lots of Flowers in Bloom Now

This is just a hint of my garden in North Carolina in May. See more great photos and lots of details at thegardeningcook.com

This year has been a series of set backs in my garden.  It is almost the end of May and I’m way behind, but finally have some progress to show for all my work. Things that set me back were: My father’s death in February which resulted in two trips to Maine. A very long…

Growing Perennials and Vegetables in one Garden Space

Growing Perennials and Vegetables in the Same Garden Space

Squirrels in my garden last year made vegetable gardening a nightmare for me. This year, I decided to try combining perennials and vegetables in one garden bed to see how it worked out. I have long been interested in growing perennials.  Adding some vegetables into the mix gave my garden beds an interesting new look.…

Spring Fever in my Garden Starts in Winter

10 inspiring cases of spring fever from the Garden Charmers

Oh the weather outside is frightful, or so the saying goes.  Here in Raleigh, we are not known for much cold weather in the winter, but this year has been different in that regard. We have had a couple of days of snow and several weeks of unseasonably cold weather, with temps getting down to…

How To Grow Tropical Bromeliad – Aechmea Fasciata

Incredible flower of the Tropical Bromeliad - Aechmea Fasciata

I have loved plants all of my life.   For a large portion of it, that meant indoor plants.  Now that I have a largish property, it means lots and lots of garden beds with perennials. I don’t have much time to tend indoor plants, but I still like to have a few of them around. …

How to Grow Calla Lilies

How to grow Calla lilies

Have you ever priced single Calla lilies at a florist?  If you have, you will have discovered that they sell for $5-$9 a STEM.  Why pay those kind of prices, when you can become your own florist – well sort of, anyway. Calla Lilies make  wonderful indoor plants and comes in many colors, as well.…

The Garden Charmers Trick and Tips

The Garden Charmers share their top tips and tricks.,

10 Garden Charmers Share Their Top Tips The Garden Charmers on Facebook are a diverse group of ladies with one common theme. They love nature and gardening. I asked the ladies in the group to share their top tricks and tips.  Some gave me gardening tips. Some had home and decor tips. All were great…

Musical Planters – Creative Gardening Ideas

Great selection of Creative Musical planters

Creatively Gardening with Musical Planters My major in college was music, so I am drawn to anything that uses musical instruments, whether it be gardening projects or DIY ideas. Musical instruments make great garden planters. Most of them have an opening in them somewhere that a plant can fit. And when done, they are unique…

Junk Art and Home Decor Fall Projects Round Up

Halloween Junk art and home decor projects from the Garden Charmers

Decorate in Style with one of these Junk Art Home Decor projects The ladies in my Facebook Gardening Group called the Garden Charmers are at it again.   I asked the ladies in the group to show me what they have to share for Fall Junk art and home decor projects, and they came up with…

My Staggered Planter Gets a Facelift

Staggered Planter with house numbers and fall plantings

DIY Project – Re-doing My Staggered Planter A few months ago, I did a tutorial on a staggered planter with house numbers on the bottom pot for great door curb appeal. This is what the planter looked like in early spring. Since it is autumn now, and the planter is looking a bit sad, I…

Creative Succulent Planters

Great round up of creative succulent planters

Succulents are such neat little plants. They can withstand a great deal of neglect and still keep on growing.  They have great flowers (if you have the right conditions and are lucky and have a green thumb) and are very interesting in their own right when it comes to shape and design.  Creative succulent planters…

Repotting Succulents – An Exercise in Frustration

My succulent repotting disaster

Re-potting Succulents and Cacti Took me all Afternoon. Re-potting my succulents and cacti was not as easy as I thought it was going be.  I had a few that I had neglected for years waiting for just the right planter to put them in. They were a sad little group for sure.  I figured that…

Easy DIY Garden Projects

DIY Indoor Garden projects

Spruce up your indoor space with one of these Easy DIY Garden Projects. These DIY gardening projects make the perfect home decor projects for indoor plants. They are simple to do and add so much appeal to a bare indoor space just crying out for some TLC. The beauty of these projects is that they…

13 Garden Bloggers Share Creative Container and Planter Ideas

Creative Container and Planter Ideas for your Garden What is better than an idea for a creative planter?  Why, 13 of them, of course!  I recently asked some of my gardening friends to share their creative planter and container ideas and they did not disappoint.  Their ideas are a cascade of fun and will add…

Cowboy boot adds just the right touch for these succulents.

Cowboy boot planter and succulents.

Cowboy Boot and Succulents Combine for a Western Look This metal cowboy boot is gorgeous all by itself, but the star shaped cut outs on the side of the boot make it the perfect container for a whole host of succulents. When it comes to creative gardening, this planter is right up there at the…

Best Succulent Containers Contest 2013

Succulent Contest

Great Succulent Contest from my Friend’s website. Do you love succulents?  If so, you may be interested in a contest that my friend Jacki from Drought Smart Plants is currently running. Succulents are one of my favorite plants.  I lived in Australia for 15 years, this type of plant was very commonly grown there, both…

How To Grow Zebra Plants

How to Grow Zebra Plants

Growing Tips for Zebra Plants When I lived in Australia, a zebra plant was always one of the popular indoor plants that I wanted to grow.  I got one and managed to keep it healthy but never could get it to flower. The botanical name for the Zebra plant is Aphelandra.  The plant is fabulous.…

Exotic Allusion – Syngonium Podophyllum

How to grow syngonium plants

Syngonium plants have been popular indoor plants in many areas of the world for years.  The plant originated in South America. It is a fast growing plant for a beginner and is often used as a table top plant. This plant is commonly known as the Arrowhead Vine. One an easily see why when looking…

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…