Herbs

Pruning Rosemary – How and When to Prune Rosemary Plants

Pruning fresh rosemary

Rosemary is a perennial herb that I use all the time in cooking. It is earthy, flavorful and very hardy in the garden. Rosemary is quite easy to control if you keep it in a pot, but if you have it growing freely in the garden, it can easily get woody and shabby looking. This…

PlantSnap Mobile App – Tips and Tricks for Best Results

I have been compensated by PlantSnap for this post. All opinions are mine alone. #hunting4plants It’s time to try the PlantSnap Mobile App. Have you ever been in a garden setting and wondered how to identify a plant that you have just come across? So have I! That is where the PlantSnap mobile app comes into use.…

Perserving Herbs by Drying and Freezing

Ways to preserve herbs

It is getting to that time of the year again.  My vegetable gardening projects are 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…

10 Best Herbs for Kitchen Gardens

Kitchen garden herbs

There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh herbs in recipes.  They add a fullness of flavor that dried herbs just can’t match. And growing herbs for kitchen gardens is so easy to do, everyone should have a few pots of them either on the patio, in the vegetable garden, or even growing indoors…

Seed Types: Open Pollinated, Heirloom and Hybrid.

Types of seeds

The vegetable and flower growing season is getting closer with each passing day. Here in NC, we have had unseasonably warm weather.  It SEEMS that spring has sprung but I still don’t dare really get gardening in full steam in case we get a bit of a cold snap.  Are you an avid gardener? If…

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,…

Fresh Herbs – Annual, Perennial or Biennial – Which is Yours?

Is your herb Annual, biennial or perennial?

There is nothing like cooking with, and growing, fresh herbs. If you enjoy vegetable gardening, be sure to have some herbs growing, too. Do you know whether the one you are growing is an annual,  perennial or biennial? This can sometimes be confusing and the answer is not always cut and dried. Are your fresh…

20 Foods you Should Not Keep in the Fridge

20 Foods you Should not store in the fridge

My List of Foods You Should Not Keep in the Fridge. We all know that most foods last longer if they are kept in the refrigerator. But did you know that there is quite a list of foods you should not keep in the fridge, as well?   The list is not as long, but some…

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…

Growing Thyme – Fragrant Herb – How To Grow

How to Grow Fresh Thyme

Growing thyme is easy. The plant is a perennial that comes back year after year.  It is a fragrant herb that I use in cooking all the time.  There are quite a few herbs that are perennials here in my zone 7b garden.  Thankfully, thyme is one of them.  It does die back in the…

Growing Oregano – From The Planter to Italian Dishes

Growing oregano is very easy. It's also a perennial so it will come back next year.

Oregano is a herb used in many international dishes, but is best known for use in Italian recipes.   Most people who cook will have used the dried version of oregano, but growing oregano is easy.  It is basically indestructible as long as you remember to give it at least a little water. Oregano is also…

Growing Basil – Learn how to grow it easily – Annual

Learn how to grow Basil

Basil is a herb with has many varieties.  It is very easy to grow and is unsurpassed for turning ordinary meals into masterpieces!  There is no substitute for fresh basil.  It tastes much better than the dried spice.  There is no comparison in flavor. Since it is such an easy plant to grown,  there is…

DIY Wooden Spoon Herb Plant Markers

DIY Wooden Spoon Herb Plant Markers

I have a large group of herbs in pots on my deck.  I am lucky that they are producing here in NC from early spring until well into the fall. The rosemary and chives even stay green all winter for me.  I thought it would be fun to make some plant markers for the herbs. …

Free Herb Plant Labels for Mason Jars and Pots

Free Printable Labels for Herb Plants

Looking for a pretty way to dress up the pots that you use for herbs, and label them at the same time?  These cute herb planter labels can be just printed off and then added to your pots in no time at all. These labels are some that I made in Pic Monkey.  (great graphic…

DIY Cottage Chic Herb Garden With Mason Jars

DIY Mason Jar Herb Planter in Famer's Market tray #EarthDayProjects

I love cottage chic decor projects. They have a rustic appeal and are “forgiving” as in, if I make a mistake it does not matter so much. This is the perfect sort of project for my tired old eyes. This herb garden fits into the French country look that I have going on in my kitchen…

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…