Vegetables

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…

What are Shallots?

Red shallots have a milder flavor than onions and are smaller in size

Recently, I have been seeing shallots more and more often at the grocery store.  I’ve never used them in the past, so I picked up a bunch of them on a recent shopping trip so that I could see for myself what they are all about.    I have been growing onions in pots lately, so the…

Why do Onions Make you Cry?

Why do onions make you cry? The answer may surprise you, and it starts in the soil.

For years, I wore gas permeable (hard) contact lenses, and I used to just laugh when people told me that chopping onions made them cry.  The hard contacts worked wonders for me in making sure that I never had that problem.  In my mid 30s, I stopped wearing contacts and since then I have rued…

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…

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…

Regrow Your Food From Kitchen Scraps

Regrow food from kitchen scraps

I love to save money and I don’t like to waste things that can be reused or recycled in another way.  Did you know that many common vegetables are very easy to regrow from ordinary kitchen scraps?   The chart above shows some of vegetables that you can use to regrow your food. I’ve been doing…

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…

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…

DIY Newspaper Seed Pots

DIY newspaper seed pots

Save money on planting supplies with these DIY Newspaper Seed Pots. Starting seeds indoors in the late winter and early spring really increases the time that you can enjoy your plants in the garden.  Doing this gives you earlier vegetables and flowers and is such a fun project to do with kids. You don’t even…

20 Seed Starting Tips

20 seed starting tips

Get a Jump Start on Spring with these 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…

Early Spring Garden Projects

18 tips for early spring gardening

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LoveYourLawn #CollectiveBias  It’s time for some early spring garden projects. 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…

Pros and Cons of Raised Garden Beds

Raised Garden Bed

Advantages & Disadvantages of Raised Garden Beds. Vegetable gardening normally requires large plots of land in order to get good harvests.  But this is not always possible in today’s world.   Many homeowners have smaller yards, but would still like to enjoy the benefits of home grown vegetables. For them, raised garden beds may be…

14 Vegetable Garden Hacks

14 Vegetable Garden Hacks

These Vegetable Garden Hacks will Make your Life Easier. One of the big pleasures of summer for me is growing a vegetable garden.  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. Some vegetable garden tasks are…

The Best Vegetables for Beginning Gardeners

Make your gardening experience a success every time. The 10 easiest Vegetables for beginning gardeners to grow.

Get a Good Harvest with these Best Vegetables for Beginning Gardeners. If you are just starting out into the world of vegetable gardening, the last thing you will want to do is choose hard to grow vegetables.  My list of the best Vegetables for beginning gardeners will help you to choose those with the greatest…

11 Tips for Growing a Vegetable Garden on a Deck

11 tips to grow a vegetable garden on a deck

This post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook. Growing a Vegetable Garden on a Deck is easy with these 11 tips. Growing fresh vegetables is one of the highlights of my summer gardening experience. To me, there is nothing quite like taking out an…

Soda Bottle Drip Feeder for Garden Plants

DIY Soda Bottle Drip Feeder for Garden Plants

Soda Bottle Drip Feeder is a great DIY Project. Drip feeders are great for a variety of different vegetables, perennials and annuals.  Many plants prefer the moisture at their roots instead of from overhead sprinklers which can encourage some leaf problems.  There are many retail products available, but this Soda Bottle Drip Feeder makes use…

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…

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.

Enjoy crops all season by growing cut and come again vegetables 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 kitchen scraps but using the top part and then planting the base for more of the same vegetable.…

Growing Potatoes in a Trash Bag

How to grow potatoes usijng a black plastic bag

Grow your own Potatoes in a 30 gallon trash bag. I’m a meat and potatoes kind of girl.  No meal seems quite complete with me without a potato on the plate!   But trying to grow them in a veggie garden can take a LOT of space.  This project for growing your potatoes is so simple…

Weird things you Did not Know you Could compost.

Weird things you didn't think you could compost.

I can compost those weird things? I am a huge fan of composting.  The end product is wonderful for your soil and also makes use of things that are otherwise discarded which end up on the refuse piles and leave a big carbon footprint. When it comes to composting there are some specific rules, such…

Saving Seeds from Heirloom Beans

Heirloom yellow pole bean seeds

From One Generation to the Next with Saved Heirloom Seeds. My family comes from a long line of gardeners.  I can still remember when my great grandmother had her vegetable garden, I used to wander through it when I was about 6.  My grandfather on my mother’s side also had a huge veggie garden. (we…

Growing Brussel Sprouts – A Cool Weather Crop

How to grow brussel sprouts

Growing Brussel Sprouts – Easy and Hardy but They Don’t Like the Heat. I live in zone 7b so I am able to start gardening fairly early.  I did not get a crop of brussel sprouts last year but I am hopeful that my plants will be full of sprouts this year. I spent most…

Patience is a Virtue with Watermelons

Watermelons need time to mature. You have to be patient with this fruit

Readers of my blog may remember my posting about my love/hate relationship with my watermelon patch.  My watermelon patch that is spreading like crazy.  It seems to grow a few feet every day.  The darn thing was sprawling all over my garden with not a watermelon in sight until a while ago when it started…