Gardening Tips

Fresh Rosemary – Herb to Grow in Patio Containers

How to grow rosemary

Fresh rosemary is one of my favorite spices.  I use it all the time in Italian cooking and also in many of my chicken recipes.  The favor is robust and the fresh herb is so much more flavorful than the dried version.  I use it all the time when I cook chicken, lamb and beef…

Vinegar Tips – Long Lasting Cut Flowers & More

cut flowers

Vinegar has so many uses.  It is a great household cleaner and can be used in so many ways, including to help your cut flowers to last longer.  Here are some more vinegar tips. Vinegar Tips to Keep your Cut Flowers Fresh and home clean Here are some of my favorite things that vinegar can…

Determinate Tomato Plant – Perfect for Containers

determinate tomato plant

Nothing tastes quite like a home grown tomato.  They are sweet and juicy and so easy to grow.  But they also take a lot of room, so are not so great for those who have small yards and no room to plant the larger varieties. That is what makes a determinate tomato plant perfect for…

Growing Ginger Could Not be Easier

growing garlic

It seems that I am on a growing from scratch kick today. This time it is a short tutorial on growing ginger.  If you’re looking for an easy plant to grow indoors Ginger is the one for you. Growing Ginger is a fun DIY gardening project for the kids. Directions: Soak the Ginger root overnight in…

Microwave Containers make Great Drainage Hole Covers

Drainage Hole Covers

Drainage hole covers can be a tricky thing to find for your plant pots. Without one, though, the soil will eventually wash through the hole in the bottle and the plant will settle. Recycle Microwavable Trays Drainage Hole Covers There are many things that you can use…piece of broken pots, small stones.  One neat trick…

Log Planters – Great DIY Project for Old Logs

Logs of all types repurposed as planters

Log Planters make use of old fallen logs so they are a great way to recycle.  Plus, with a bit of creativity, you will have a unique garden addition. Log Planters are a Natural Addition to Any Yard. They can be very large and take up quite a bit of space, or you can use…

DIY Seed Starting Tray – Rotisserie Chicken Container

This is the time of the year for seed starting in many parts of the country.  You can purchase all sorts of them from The big box home improvement stores, but why not recycle things you have on hand?  This DIY Seed Starting Tray makes a great seed started and is a good size too.…

Growing Sweet Potatoes in a Decorative Cup

sweet potato

Sweet potatoes are a very healthy vegetable.  They are also very easy to grow, from both seedling or from seeds. But growing sweet potatoes can also be done by using the potato itself. Decorative cups make great holders for Growing Sweet Potatoes This technique uses a plan similar to that of growing an avocado. You…

Seed Tape – DIY with Toilet Paper

DIY Seed Tape made from Toilet paper

Seed Tape is easy to make with common toilet paper. Why waste money on store bought seed takes when you can make your own with this commonly found item? Seed tape makes it easy to get tiny seeds planted in a vegetable garden. Often these are so small that you end up wasting them by having…

Words and Numbers in the Garden – Easy DIY Projects

Words and Numbets used in Gardens

Words and Numbers can do so many things.  They can set a mood, or showcase a location. They can tell a time or label something so it is noted. Words and numbers can also dress up your home and garden in many ways as garden decorations. Garden Decorations – DIY Garden Words and Numbers These…

DIY Greenhouses – Recyle Old Material for Plants

DIY greenhouse ideas

I’ve been trying to get my husband to build me a greenhouse in our back yard for years, but it seems that this is one project that just gets put on the back burner indefinitely.  I went searching on Google to see what I could find for DIY greenhouses which make use of recycled materials. …

Shoe Planters – Recyle your Old Footwear in to Garden Planters

Great selection of unique shoe planters

Do you have some old shoes or boots laying around that are still presentable looking but have lost there wearable appeal for you?  Turn them into shoe planters for your indoor plants. Shoe Planters Make Unique Garden Containers These creative people have come up with several ideas to recycle footwear.  The possibilities are endless and…

Garden Arbors – Inviting and Relaxing

A collection of Garden Arbors

Garden arbors are set up as walk through areas in home gardens or public parks where one can relax and rest. There are many styles of arbors to choose from. Garden Arbors – A Walk Through Nature. Many are open frameworks which are typically made of latticework or rustic work.  Some also function as a…

Creative Gardening Ideas

Creative ideas on a budget

I must admit that I am not a normal gardener.  I don’t enjoy conventional landscape plans. I don’t invest in fancy garden structures or planters.   To me, a garden should show the style of the person who lives near it.  And I love to use existing things from around the house if possible, and…

Planting Garlic – Fall is the best time to do it.

planting garlic

Planting Garlic is best done if you do it in the fall. It is easy to grow and gives you bulbs to use in cooking for much of the year.  Be sure to get the heads for planting from a reputable supplier.  Planting garlic from the store might not grow, since it is often treated…

Caladium Tubers – How to Overwinter them

How to overwinter Caladium tubers

One of my things to do before the frost was to make sure that my caladium tubers were dug up and brought indoors for the winter. But as luck would have it, I hurt my back this fall, at the time I normally do this.  I was laid up for a few weeks waiting for…

Tulips Daffodils and the Front Garden Bed.

Plant Spring flowering bulbs in the fall

It is always a bittersweet time in the fall.  Everything is dying back. Most of the blooms are gone and the garden has to be cleaned up and put to bed, for want of a better term.  When I realized that gardening was winding down for the year, I thought of the tulips daffodils and…

Preparing Spring Flower Beds in the Fall

Prepare beds now for spring flowers

The weather is so cool now, and that makes it  the perfect time for preparing spring flower beds. There are not many times during the growing season when the beds are dormant and easy to work with.  Use this time, without the heat, to make your vegetables and flowers look fantastic in the spring. Preparing Spring…

Compost Pile Planting with Butternut Pumpkin

This is the first year I have ever tried composting.  My intent was to have nicely finished compost bins with a three compartment design which I could use to gradually transfer the compost as it cooked.  This blog post talks an experiment I made with compost pile planting. I’ve dabbled at composting in the past…

DIY Hose Guides – Easy Gardening Project

Make your own hose guides with rebar and plastic golf balls. thegardeingcook.com

Do you have something special that you use for hose guides?  I do now, thanks to a project that wasn’t supposed to happen for a while.  With just a few easy to find supplies and a bit of time, these DIY hose guides were made! DIY Hose Guides for Pennies One of my “next year’s”…