Creative Gardening Ideas

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…

DIY Hose Pot Holder

DIY galvanized hose pot

Keep your Hose Tidy with this DIY Hose Pot Holder Project. Hoses are a necessity for any well cared for garden, but they often end up messy, tangled and full of kinks from sitting out on your lawn or garden bed.  This DIY hose pot project will give you a place to put your hose…

14 Vegetable Garden Hacks

14 Vegetable Garden Hacks

One of the big pleasures of summer for me is vegetable gardening.  I love to walk around and look at the way the plants are producing and to come back into the house with a basket full of vegetables. I also love creative gardening ideas. They make the task of gardening fun.  These 14 clever…

Mailbox Makeover Adds Instant Curb Appeal

Create some Curb Appeal with a Mailbox Makeover Nothing creates a first impression in your front yard more than a well detailed and maintained mailbox.  Unfortunately, mine was an eyesore and needed a lot of TLC, so I decided to do a mailbox makeover.The mailbox was on a post that was rotting away. The post…

14 Tips for a Successful Garden Make Over

14 tips to a successful garden makeover

This post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook. Get A Successful Garden Make Over With 14 Easy Tips. It’s that time again. Time to transform one of my garden beds that just won’t seem to keep to a single design. I call it my…

DIY Old Bookcase Garden Make Over

DIY garden book case

My Old Bookcase Garden Make Over Give a Pop of Color in my backyard. I love to re-purpose tired and dilapidated old furniture and household goods. It is fun to think outside the box and come up with a new way to use them.  My latest project is this old book case garden make over…

DIY Cement Blocks Plant Shelf

DIY Cement Blocks planter

I love recycling old materials into something new. A big collection of cement blocks got a new lease on life today. This cement blocks Plant Shelf project is the perfect way to show off a collection of plants and to add a focal point to a garden bed. Tidy up your Plant Pots with This DIY…

Sounds of the Southwest with Musical Planters

These Musical Planters Ring in the Sounds of the Southwest in my Garden. I have a new garden bed which has a South West Focal point as a seating area and I have carried the colors of turquoise and terra cotta through the garden with both accent pieces, planters and plants themselves.  These musical planters…

DIY Hose Guides – Easy Gardening Project

DIY Hose Guides

Protect Your Plants with the DIY Hose Guides I have really large garden beds in my front and back yard. Some are easy to manage as far as the hose goes and others have paths in them that really require hose guides to keep the hose off my plants.  I priced recently and found them…

20 Clever Gardening Hacks

20 Clever Gardening Hacks

These Gardening Hacks Will Make this the Best Year Ever I love to write about clever ideas that gardeners can do to make their garden chores easy.  Sure, it is easy to throw money at a project, but with a bit of creativity you can accomplish the same tasks in a DIY manner and save…

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…

DIY Yard Sale Shepherds Hook Make Over

Shepherd's Hook Make over

This DIY yard sale Shepherds Hook Make Over Adds Color and Pizazz! I love to go to antique fairs, yard sales and flea markets.  There is something really special about finding old things to re purpose or to add to a collection of vintage items.  Gardening items are often found this time of the year…

Recycled Items to use as Seed starters & Beet Seeds review

Household items to use for starting seeds

There are so many household items that you can recycle to use as seed starters.  Most are very inexpensive to use and would be great to get kids interested in gardening.  The gardens have been put to bed for the winter, but these are the months to think about starting seeds indoors, so that they…

Creative Planters – Why Didn’t I think of That?

Man and dog made of plant pots

It seems that almost everything that is found around the house can be turned into creative planters.  No matter how large or small, a plant seems to be able to find its way into anything with an opening large enough to put in some soil.  Typewriters, cowboy boots, paint cans, child’s wagons and even old…

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…

How To Winterize Garden Tools

Winterize Garden Tools. 14 tips to prepare your garden tools for the winter. thegardeningcook.com/

Winterizing Garden Tools in the Fall Means Happy Tools in the Spring! Once the cooler weather sets in, and thoughts of the upcoming holidays come to mind, that last thing we want to think about is gardening. But trust me, your garden tools will love you if you think ahead and do some things to…

DIY Italian Herb Vinegar

Italian Herb Vinegar is so easy to make.

Make Your Own Italian Herb Infused Vinegar I love to cook with vinegars and oils that have been infused with fresh herbs.  They keep the flavor of the herbs well and add such a special taste to any recipe.  This recipe for Italian Herb Vinegar is perfect for any Italian or Mediterranean recipe.One of the…

Cut and come Again Vegetables

Cut and come again vegetables give you months and months of harvest. Some can even be grown indoors during the winter.

Vegetable gardening is so rewarding.  But not everyone has the space for it.  If you look at cooking tip pictures on Pinterest, you will most likely have seen lots of images of veggies that you can grow inside from kitchenscraps but using the top part and then planting the base for more of the same…

DIY Giant Terracotta Jingle Bells

DIY Giant Terracotta Jingle Bells

Ring in the Festive Season with Terracotta Jingle Bells Christmas will be here before you know it.  If you are looking for a special DIY Christmas gift for a gardener, these giant jingle bells will ring in the festive season in a natural way. They are easy to make and are a great gift idea…

No Carve Pumpkin Ideas

No carve pumpkin ideas.

Decorate with one of these No Carve Pumpkin Ideas Every fall, the pumpkins abound and people start thinking about how to decorate them.  But that can be messy and eventually kind of smelly too.  Instead of all that mess, why not try one of these no carve pumpkin DIY ideas.  All use other supplies to…

Sun Faces for Your Garden

A collection of Sun Faces for your yard and Garden

Brighten up your Garden with One of these Sun Faces One of my neighbors has a great collection of sun faces on the wall of their sun room.  You can see it featured in the main photo of this collage. The sun is often portrayed with a face. The roundness and brightness of it just…

Interesting Paths and walk ways

Interesting Garden Pathways

My Favorite Stone and Natural Pathways. Garden paths add so much to your back yard space. They take you from place to place in the garden, and if used properly can also add a bit of mystery to your outdoor space.  There are so many materials to use for your garden paths.  Some are very…

Garden Faces – Who’s Looking at You?

Garden faces add a touch of whimsy to your outdoor setting.

These Garden Faces Add a Touch of Whimsy to any Garden Setting. Garden faces take normal outdoor settings to a new level with their whimsical appeal.  Helen Keller once said:  “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” This quote somehow seems to fit into this collection of garden faces. Garden…

The Benefits of Bird Houses

the benefits of having a bird house are many.

Why Have Bird Houses? The birds that visit your backyard are a part of the whole ecosystem. Having a home for your feathered friends adds some interest to your yard and makes sure they will keep visiting.  If you attract them to your yard by having bird friendly bird houses, and adding fresh clean water…

Growing Potatoes in a Trash Bag

How to grow potatoes usijng a black plastic bag

I’m a meat and potatoes kind of girl.  No meal seems quite complete with me without a potato on the plate!   But vegetable gardening for a crop as large as potatoes can take a LOT of space.  This project for growing potatoes is so simple and yet very effective.  Just combine everything into a large…