Creative Gardening Ideas

Summer Garden Tips & Garden Tour

Tips for making the most of your summer garden

Life is meant to be lived outside! We spend so much time outside during the summer, and having a great looking lawn and pretty gardens makes sure that time will be far more pleasurable. These summer garden tips will ensure that you have an endless supply of color and lush green lawns all summer long.…

How to Preserve Flowers with Borax

Preserving flowers with Borax

One of the true joys of gardening is having so many flowers in my garden. I sometimes cut them to bring indoors, and also like to dry them for flower arrangements and other crafts.  It is easy to preserve flowers with two common household ingredients:  Borax and Cornmeal. Borax has dozen of uses in the home.…

Re-growing Carrot Greens from Scraps

Growing carrot greens is a great Earth Day project

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22.  It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now remembered in more that 193 countries! When I think of Earth Day, I think of recycling, taking care of the environment and planting food. I thought it would be fun to share this project that shows how easy…

Growing Garlic Greens Indoors

Garlic bulbs that have sprouted

I use garlic all the time and normally buy organic garlic when I shop. I find that the cloves are generally larger and don’t shrivel as much if I don’t use them right away.  The other day I grabbed my onion basket to get some garlic and found a clove that had sprouted. My first…

Cement Blocks Raised Garden Bed

Cement Blocks Raised Garden Bed

A few years ago, I used a group of cement blocks to make a corner planter for my succulents. I LIKED it but didn’t love it.  It was more of a plant shelf than a planter and the succulents never quite gave it the look that I wanted. This past weekend, I took it all…

Growing Onion Bottoms in Pots

Growing Onion Bottoms

Onions are such a versatile vegetable. I use them almost every day in recipes.  I always seem to have onions growing in various places in my house and garden. Growing onions indoors can be done quite a few different ways.  Growing onion bottoms is a great way to use parts of the onion that would…

Garden Sheds

14 charming garden sheds

If you have been gardening for long, you will know that tools and gadgets soon start to take over your yard. Garden Sheds have become a fixture in many back yards. But your garden shed doesn’t have to be plain and boring, as these great looking buildings will show. Your garden shed can be as…

Coffee Pot Terrarium

Coffee Pot Terrarium

Any one for a cup of coffee ~ terrarium style?  I am always looking for household items to recycle into charming plant containers.  Since the weather is cold outside, I am concentrating on indoor plants for the moment.  This cute coffee pot terrarium is the perfect bit of household plant decor to have nearby when…

Regrow Spring Onions in Water – Fun Gardening Hack

Spring onions are one of the easiest cut and come again vegetables. In a week, you will have more growth to use in cooking.

I use spring onions all the time when I cook.  They have a very mild flavor that is perfect as a garnish and also makes a lovely sauce for most proteins.  So I like to have them on hand. Growing onions is a pretty easy from a gardening standpoint, but did you know that you…

Growing Onions indoors

Growing Onions Indoors is easy

Onions are easy to grow both outdoors and inside.  They are one of those vegetables that I never seem to have enough of because I use them every day for cooking. This article shows you how to use onions as indoor plants. Growing onions indoors is a fun project and one that the kids will love…

Creative Metal Yard Art – Bugs – Flowers – Critters

Metal yard art daisy

Decorating your yard with creative metal yard art can add a wonderful touch of whimsy to your outdoor garden space! I recently spent a week in a lovely cottage in the mountains of North Carolina.  It was a great get away with my husband, daughter and her boyfriend. We spent the time driving around the…

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…

Regrow Your Food From Kitchen Scraps

Regrow food from kitchen scraps

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?   The chart above shows some of vegetables that you can use to regrow your food. I’ve been doing…

Creative Garden Art

Spray and old watering can purple and plant with pretty flowers for easy garden art

Garden art can cost an arm and a leg if you purchase it from garden centers.  But this does not have to be the case.  It is easy to create instant interest in the garden by making use of recycled or common household items and turning them into garden art. It is easy to create a…

15 Creative Garden Benches

Relax in style this summer with one of these creative garden benches. Anyone who visits my home and walks around my gardens knows that I have a LOVE of outdoor seating.   I have 8 garden beds and 7 garden seating areas.  Pretty much anywhere you walk in my gardens will take you to a…

Recycled Bird Bath Becomes Garden Plant Stand

recyclled bird bath becomes garden planter

My husband is the king of finding things that I can recycle to use in my garden. Last year, it was a set of musical instruments that made a great garden display. This year it is a whole host of things that I am incorporating as the weeks go by into one of my garden…

Rustic Succulent Planters That Can Take the Heat

Succulent planter ideas

Here in North Carolina, spring and fall is a charm in the garden, but when the heat of summer arrives, many plants can take a real hit from Mother Nature.  For the last few years, I have been experimenting more and more with succulents.  These drought hard plants can really take the heat and can…

10 Frugal Seed Starting Pots and Containers

10 frugal seed starting pots

I love this time of the year. Vegetable gardening is at the top of my list of things to come.  The temperatures keep teasing us that spring is on the way, and our thoughts are often on the garden.  Unfortunately, for many, it’s far too early to actually plant seedlings or seeds in the ground…

Early Spring Garden Projects

18 tips for early spring gardening

I know that in most parts of the country, the ground is still covered with snow, but as any good gardener will tell you, “it’s never to early to start thinking about spring gardening!”  There are lots of things that you can do to get ready.  These early spring garden projects will get a jump…

Eco -friendly Cardboard Tube Seed Starting Pots

Eco-friendly, biodegradable seed starting pots.

Did you know that the tubes which are on the inside of a roll of wrapping paper can do double duty in your garden when the paper is gone? That’s right – these eco-friendly cardboard tube seed starting pots began their life in a gift wrapping roll. Put that old roll of Christmas wrapping paper…

Most Popular Posts of 2015- My Top 10 Articles

These articles are the most popular posts of 2105 on The Gardening Cook

These are the top 10 most popular posts of 2015 for the Gardening Cook. As New Year’s day comes closer, I find myself, like so many others planning for next year.  But before I can do that, I need to take stock of the previous year, especially for my blog.  I always look forward to…

Creative Ideas for Fall Decorations

fall decorations

Welcome in The Cool Weather with these Fall Decorative Ideas. Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved the change from summer to autumn.  I love all of the seasons but there is something so definite about autumn to me.  Everything changes and here in the south, the cool temps are such a…

Halloween Spooky Wood Cut Out Decorations

DIY Spooky Wooden Cut Out Yard Decorations

DIY Halloween Cut Outs When my daughter was much younger, I was very much into all sorts of crafts. I especially loved decorating for the various holidays because she loved what I came up with for decorations. These DIY Halloween Cut Outs were one of her favorites. One being happy with just one decoration (call…

DIY Succulent Strawberry Planter

This strawberry planter is planted with succulents for a charming effect. See the DIY project at thegardeningcook.com/succulent-strawberry-planter

Make your own Succulent Strawberry Planter. I love strawberry planters.  The pockets on the side are perfect for plants that send out offshoots. Each little “baby” can fit into the protruding pockets to make their own little home. They are perfect for strawberry plants (of course!), spider plants and other plants like strawberry begonias. Today…

17 Tips for Creating a Cottage Garden

Cottage garden

I love a cottage garden.  I am not a rule follower by nature, especially when it comes to gardens, and I love the way a cottage garden throws caution to the wind in the rule department.   Do you like lots of flowers, flowing lines and a not so formal look? Then  a cottage garden might…