Gardening Tips

Cold Hardy Vegetables Give you a head Start on Spring

Cold hardy vegetable

The weather here in NC is unseasonably warm right now, so it has my head spinning thinking of all the fun to come in my garden. But, alas, I know that no matter how Mother Nature looks today, there will still be plenty of cold days ahead. Even so, it’s never too early to plan ahead…

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…

African Violets – Tips for the Care of this Popular Indoor Plant

If you go to the big box hardware stores around the holidays and during the winter months, you will most likely find African Violets for sale in a lovely variety of flower colors. Even though African Violets can be somewhat picky about care, they are still one of the most popular indoor plants grown.   Saintpaulia, commonly known as…

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…

Low Light Indoor Plants – My 20 Favorites

These 20 low light indoor plants can grow in less than optimal light conditions. Some require bright diffused light and other can do well even in dark corners.

With the cold weather out in full force, thoughts of gardening are often far from the front burner.  Those are the times that I turn to indoor plants.  Growing plants indoors gives you a sense of nature all year round and keeps you busy with some light gardening chores until it is warm enough to…

Caring for Your Indoor Plants During the Fall & Winter

Tips and Tricks for caring for indoor plants during the fall and winter

Most indoor plants will benefit from being placed outside in a shady spot in your garden during the summer months.  Even delicate plants like ferns will have a growth spurt as long as the spot you choose is shady and they get enough water.  I move most of my indoor plants outside when it is…

Perserving Herbs by Drying and Freezing

Preserving fresh herbs

It is getting to that time of the year again.  My garden is slowing down and I have to start thinking about the first frost.  It is also the time to start thinking about preserving herbs that seem to be in abundant supply right now. I have a huge group of fresh herbs in tubs. …

My 10 Most Popular Posts of 2016

See what made the list of the most famous posts of 2016 for The Gardening Cook. This year, household tips, gardening tips and one great recipe made the top 10!

Each year, at the end of December, I take stock of what worked (and what didn’t!) on my blog.  Sometimes, I am surprised when a blog post makes my top 10 list for the past year when I wasn’t expecting it.  Other times, I think “not you again” when a tried and true favorite post…

Tips for Cleaning Crusty Clay Pots

Cleaning Clay Pots is a job that is best done in winter

When the days get cooler and shorter, it is time to put the garden to bed for the winter.  Cleaning clay pots this time of the year keeps my garden still in mind and makes sure that they are ready to use when spring comes around again in a few months. Getting Rid of the…

Tips for Growing Heirloom Seeds

Tips for growing heirloom seeds

  Thank you EcoFarms for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine.  #ecofarmsonline. It’s time to learn about growing heirloom seeds! Heirloom vegetable seeds have so much going for them.  They end up giving you plants that you can’t go to a big box store and buy, they cost less than hybrid vegetables and you…

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…

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…

Daylily Photo Gallery

Daylily photo gallery

Welcome to my Daylily Photo Gallery! Daylilies are one of my favorite perennials.  I started my collection with the common Stella D’oro that is seen by all the road sides in North Carolina and have moved on to more and better flowers.  There is such a variety of bloom style, color and temperament. There are…

12 Tips for Summer Time Gardening

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

No room or time for a compost pile?  Try Trench Composting! Most organic 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…

Propagating Succulents – How-to Tutorial

Propagating succulents

Get plants for free with these tips for propagating succulents. Plants for free – what is not to like about that?  Every time I go to my local garden center, I always check out their variety of succulents. But have you checked out the prices for them?  $4-$5 for a TINY pot is not unusual…

14 Best Hardy Perennials

14 of my favorite hardy perennials

For color all summer long, try growing these hardy perennials. Budget conscious gardeners have a very good friend in perennials. What is not to like about a plant that comes back year after year and needs very little care and watering after the first year?  There are many types of perennials, from tender types, which…

Coleus Plants – One of my Favorite Annuals for Color

How to grow coleus.

You Can’t Beat Coleus Plants for Summer Color I am always looking for plants to give my garden a burst of color which will last throughout the season.  I plant the normal flowering annuals such as pansies, petunias, zinnias and others.  But there is one variety which gives huge color impact, and is one of…

25 tips to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

Garden Tips for Sping

Many areas of the country are still under a blanket of snow, but it won’t be long for most of us to do things to get your garden ready for spring.  Here in NC, depending on how late our winter lasts, that time is almost here!  It is time to start thinking about ways to…

Plant Propagation Tips – New Plants for Free

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Get New Plants for Free with These Plant Propagation Tips If you garden, you will know that the cost of buying new plants can get very expensive over time. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a wonderful garden.  Just follow some of these plant propagation tips and you will…

14 Pruning Tips for Great Looking Plants

14 pruning tips

To get the Most out of Garden Plants, Follow these Pruning Tips. If you study the habits of any gardener who has wonderful looking plants and shrubs, you will know that proper pruning is a key to their success.   Done correctly, pruning will add to the beauty of any garden plant or shrub. But done…

How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Tips to attract hummingbirds to your garden

Plants and Color are the Key if you want to Attract Hummingbirds. There is nothing quite like the sight of hummingbirds around a feeder, flittering their wings the way only hummingbirds seem to do. For me, it is sort of a sign that summer is really here.  If you want to attract hummingbirds to your…

12 Tips for Gardening with Arthritis

12 tips for gardening with arthritis

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhatInconvenience #CollectiveBias It’s time for some tips for gardening with arthritis! Everyone who reads my blog knows that I LOVE to garden.  I learned the basics of gardening from my mother who was always outside digging in her garden…

Does Your Vegetable Need Sun or Shade?

Do your vegetables need sun or shade?

Do you often wonder if the vegetables that you are growing need sun or shade? Vegetables, just like flowers and other plants, need plenty of sun, but not all are equal. Veggies, by nature, like a lot of sunlight to grow.  They typically have a short growing season, so the more you can give them,…

Dos & Don’ts Tips for Growing Great Tomatoes

25 Dos and Don'ts for Growing Great tomatoes from thegardeningcook.com/tips-growing-great-tomatoes

Follow these Simple Dos and Don’ts for Growing Great Tomatoes. There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh home grown tomatoes. The taste of them leaves the store bought variety far behind. Home grown tomatoes are so plump and sweet, just full of flavor and freshness.  However, growing great tomatoes doesn’t happen just by putting…