Vegetables

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…

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 vegetable gardening 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…

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…

Shade Tolerant Vegetables vs Sun Friendly Veggies

Do your vegetables 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, the better they like it. But there are some shade tolerant vegetables, too.  I would…

Dos & Don’ts Tips for Growing Great Tomatoes

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

In the world of vegetable gardening, 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 a few plants into…

DIY Newspaper Seed Pots

DIY newspaper seed pots

Starting seeds indoors in the late winter and early spring really increases the time that you can enjoy your vegetable garden in the growing season.  Doing this gives you earlier vegetables and flowers and is such a fun project to do with kids. You don’t even need to invest in expensive seed starting containers.  There…

20 Seed Starting Tips

20 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 own seeds indoors.  To help you with this task, I have…

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

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 the answer. Advantages & Disadvantages of Raised…

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…

The Best Vegetables for Beginning Gardeners

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

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 chance of success. Get a Good Harvest with these Best Vegetables…

11 Tips for Growing a Vegetable Garden on a Deck

11 tips to grow a vegetable garden on a deck

This vegetable gardening post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook.  Let’s grow a vegetable garden on a deck! Growing fresh vegetables is one of the highlights of my summer gardening experience. To me, there is nothing quite like taking out an empty basket and…

Soda Bottle Drip Feeder for Garden Plants

DIY Soda Bottle Drip Feeder for Garden Plants

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 or recycled materials and works really well. Soda Bottle…

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.

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…

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…

Weird things you Did not Know you Could compost.

Weird things you didn't think you could compost.

I am a huge fan of composting for vegetable gardening.  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. The home is full of unusual compost items that you may not have ever thought…

Saving Seeds from Heirloom Beans

Heirloom yellow pole bean seeds

My family comes from a long line of vegetable 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 used to snitch peas from it, hoping we would…

Growing Brussels Sprouts – A Cool Weather Crop

How to grow brussel sprouts

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