Creative Gardening Ideas

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…

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…

12 Tips for Summer Time Gardening to Beat the Heat

Summer time Gardening Tips

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® and OFF!®. The opinions and text are all mine. Time for some summer time gardening tips. Summer has finally arrived for real at my house and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I really enjoy spending the summer tinkering around in my garden, especially…

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…

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…

Get into the Gardening Spirit with Plant Something Day

May 19 is Plant something day. Find out what other gardening days are celebrated in the Month of may on thegardeningcook.com #PlantSomething #MrsMeyersInspires #ad

Thank you Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® for sponsoring this post and for sponsoring Plant Something Day, as Well. #PlantSomething #MrsMeyersInspires AD. It’s time for Pant Something Day! Do you remember those days from years ago when May baskets were added to a friend’s doorway on May Day, the First of May?  I remember those days, fondly,…

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 Ways to Transform my Garden With Mom in Mind

Mom's garden

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Guides4eBay #CollectiveBias It’s time to transform my garden for Mother’s Day. Gardening Moms are Very Special. Celebrate them for Mother’s Day.  I will celebrate mine with these 10 tips to transform my garden with my mom in mind. Mother’s Day…

Natural Ways to Treat Poison Ivy or Poison Oak

Leaves of three...leave them be. But what do you do if you get a case of poison ivy? See my natural remedies.

Home remedies for Poison Ivy and Poison Oak Leaves of three, leave them be.  That is the old saying for dealing with poison ivy.  If you garden a lot, you will most likely, at some point or other, come into contact with poison ivy or poison oak.  The intense itching and pain is horrible, and…

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…

DIY Newspaper Seed Pots

DIY newspaper seed pots

Starting seeds indoors in the late winter and early spring really increases the time that you can enjoy your vegetable garden in the growing season.  Doing this gives you earlier vegetables and flowers and is such a fun project to do with kids. You don’t even need to invest in expensive seed starting containers.  There…

20 Seed Starting Tips

20 seed starting tips

The holidays have come and gone and most of us are hunkering down for the colder months of the year.  But wait – now is the perfect time to think ahead to spring and even get a head start on it by starting our own seeds indoors.  To help you with this task, I have…

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…

Winter Door Swag Makeover

Ice skate door swag makeover

The cold weather is here and it is time for my winter door swag makeover. I have a wreath, or door swag on my front door year round.  The door has an oval glass panel in it and putting a swag there gives me a bit of extra privacy and I like the way it makes…

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…

Festive Ice Skates Door Swag

This festive ice skate swag looks perfect on a front door with an oval glass panel. The skates add a whimsical touch to the burlap bow and gives the whole project a country look. thegardeningcook.com

Decorate your front door country style with this ice skates door swag. We changed our front door this summer, and now have an oval glass panel on the front entry.  The shape means that I no longer use round wreaths for it and swags have become my go-to door decoration.  This project for a festive…

Autumn Makeover for My Front Entry

Just a few projects and my front entry is ready for fall.

This autumn makeover for my front entry adds seasonal flair and great curb appeal. I love everything about autumn.  When the temperatures start to fall, I know that good things are right around the corner. Having three fun holidays in a row gives me so many options for outside decorations.  This autumn makeover is perfect…

How to Make an Autumn Door Swag

Festive autumn front door swag

Decorate your entry with a festive autumn door swag. I just love decorating this time of the year.  But much of what is out there is very holiday-centric.  I like something that goes over both Halloween and Thanksgiving, so I decided to do a decorative autumn door swag this year.We redid the entry of our…

DIY No Carve Sunflower Pumpkin

No Carve Sun Flower Pumpkin

DIY No Carve Sunflower Pumpkin Here is another idea for those of you who do not like the mess of a carved pumpkin. It’s also one that gardeners will love!  This no carve sunflower pumpkin uses the heads of sunflowers or any other colorful daisy like flower to cover the outside of the pumpkin. Silk…

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…

Before and After Power Washing Photos

These Power Washing Photos Show the Amazing Transformation of the Front of our Home. I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Advil®. I received compensation for this post. All opinions stated are my own. It’s been a busy summer for my husband and me. Power washing the exterior of our house and surrounding…

Power Washing Tips and Tricks

12 tips for power washing success

Get your House Sparkling clean with these Power Washing Tips. I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Advil®. I received compensation for this post. All opinions stated are my own. It’s time for some power washing tips. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that my husband…

22 Ways to Create Curb Appeal

tips for adding curb appeal

This post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook. There is a saying that one can only have one first impression. That saying applies to the front of your home as well as to your personality or appearance. The front door and entry is the…