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Early Spring Garden Projects

18 tips for early spring gardening

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 start thinking about spring gardening!”  There are lots of things that you can do to get ready.  These early spring garden projects will get a jump…

Eco -friendly Cardboard Tube Seed Starting Pots

Eco-friendly, biodegradable seed starting pots.

Did you know that the tubes which are on the inside of a roll of wrapping paper can do double duty in your garden when the paper is gone? That’s right – these eco-friendly cardboard tube seed starting pots began their life in a gift wrapping roll. These little pots are one of my favorite…

My North Carolina Winter Garden

Sun peeking through the frozen trees in North Carolina

My North Carolina winter garden is a wonderland this week. Winter storm Jonas has been all in the news this week.  It left a blanket of snow and ice from the South in the US right up the corridor to New England.  My North Carolina winter garden is a sight to behold. Winter storm Jonas…

Cyclamens and Christmas Cactus – 2 Favorite Seasonal Plants

Cyclamens and Christmas Cactus

During the festive season, there are many different seasonal plants on offer at most garden centers.  They add a lovely touch to your seasonal decorating theme and can be carried over as houseplants from year to year.  Two seasonal plants that I love are cyclamens and Christmas cactus.  Both of these make fabulous indoor plants and…

Autumn Makeover for My Front Entry

Just a few projects and my front entry is ready for fall.

I love everything about autumn.  When the temperatures start to fall, I know that good things are right around the corner. Having three fun holidays in a row gives me so many options for outside decorations.  This autumn makeover is perfect for Halloween and with a few adjustments in a couple of weeks, it will…

Creative Ideas for Fall Decorations

fall decorations

These creative ideas for fall decorations make use of the natural colors and textures that we find outside in nature. Most can be put together for very little cost and expense. Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved the change from summer to autumn.  I love all of the seasons but there…

22 Ways to Create Curb Appeal

tips for adding curb appeal

This post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook. There is a saying that one can only have one first impression. That saying applies to the front of your home as well as to your personality or appearance. The front door and entry is the…

DIY Succulent Strawberry Planter

This strawberry planter is planted with succulents for a charming effect. See the DIY project at thegardeningcook.com/succulent-strawberry-planter

This DIY Succulent Strawberry Planter is a great way to display a variety of succulents in one planter so that each plant has its own special space. If you love succulents as much as I do, you will want to check out my guide for buying succulents. It tells what to look for, what to…

14 Tips for a Successful Garden Make Over

14 tips to a successful garden makeover

This post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook. Get A Successful Garden Make Over With 14 Easy Tips. It’s that time again. Time to transform one of my garden beds that just won’t seem to keep to a single design. I call it my…

DIY Cement Blocks Plant Shelf

DIY Cement Blocks planter

I love recycling old materials into something new. A big collection of cement blocks got a new lease on life today. This cement blocks Plant Shelf project is the perfect way to show off a collection of plants and to add a focal point to a garden bed. If you love succulents as much as I…

Sounds of the Southwest with Musical Planters

I have a new garden bed which has a South West Focal point as a seating area and I have carried the colors of turquoise and terra cotta through the garden with both accent pieces, planters and plants themselves.  These musical planters are a whimsical way for me to ring in the sounds of the…

Budget Front Yard Make Over and a Summer Garden Blog Hop

Charming front yard seating area

Charming Seating Area with this Budget Front Yard Makeover. I am all about gardening on a budget.  With the amount of garden beds that I have, (8 and counting!) I have to be. I had a neglected Pine tree garden that was in dire need of a make over and I wanted to make it…

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…

6 Easy Houseplants to Grow

6 easy to grow houseplants

I used to mainly grow indoor plants.  Most of my time, now, is spent with my perennials and vegetable garden, but I still have a love for houseplants that can be grown indoors. They bring nature into your home and can be used to decorate, and even clean the air in your home. These easy…

DIY Wooden Spoon Herb Plant Markers

DIY Wooden Spoon Herb Plant Markers

Growing herbs adds a ton of flavor to all your recipes, but keeping track of what is growing can be challenging. These wooden spoon herb plant markers are both functional and decorative. Herb Identification might seem easy but those tiny seedlings have a frustrating way of looking the same! I have a large group of herbs…

Container Vegetable Gardening for Small Spaces

If you don't have space in your yard for a big vegetable garden, you can still grow veggies. Try container gardening. See how to do this at thegardeningcook.com/

Vegetable gardening is such a satisfying experience. There is nothing quite like biting into a tomato that was just picked from your garden.  The flavor is nothing like that of the ones bought from a store, even the vine ripened ones. Container Vegetable Gardens are a great way to garden when your yard is small.…

Elizabethan Garden Statues – Manteo – Roanoke Island

The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, NC have some wonderful renaissance statues that accent the gardens. See more of these beauties at thegardeningcook.com/

My husband and I recently attended a wedding on the coast of North Carolina.  While we were there, we took the time to visit the Elizabethan Gardens at Manteo on Roanoke Island. Seeing statues that depict characters from real life is so inspiring. For another post on this type of experience, be sure to check…

Natural Paths for Garden Beds

HOw to create Natural Garden Pathways that Keep the Weeds away.

Anyone who has priced hardscaping lately knows how expensive it can be, particularly if you have large areas to cover. I am redoing my whole area that I used last year for veggies.  Long story short, the squirrels were a nightmare for me and I don’t plan to go through that experience a second time. …

My Garden in May – Lots of Flowers in Bloom Now

This is just a hint of my garden in North Carolina in May. See more great photos and lots of details at thegardeningcook.com

This year has been a series of set backs in my garden.  It is almost the end of May and I’m way behind, but finally have some progress to show for all my work. Things that set me back were: My father’s death in February which resulted in two trips to Maine. A very long…

Growing Perennials and Vegetables in one Garden Space

Growing Perennials and Vegetables in the Same Garden Space

Squirrels in my garden last year made vegetable gardening a nightmare for me. This year, I decided to try combining perennials and vegetables in one garden bed to see how it worked out. I have long been interested in growing perennials.  Adding some vegetables into the mix gave my garden beds an interesting new look.…

Spring Fever in my Garden Starts in Winter

10 inspiring cases of spring fever from the Garden Charmers

Oh the weather outside is frightful, or so the saying goes.  Here in Raleigh, we are not known for much cold weather in the winter, but this year has been different in that regard. We have had a couple of days of snow and several weeks of unseasonably cold weather, with temps getting down to…

How To Grow Tropical Bromeliad – Aechmea Fasciata

Incredible flower of the Tropical Bromeliad - Aechmea Fasciata

I have loved plants all of my life.   For a large portion of it, that meant indoor plants.  Now that I have a largish property, it means lots and lots of garden beds with perennials.  I don’t have much time to tend indoor plants, but I still like to have a few of them around. …

How to Grow Calla Lilies

How to grow Calla lilies

Have you ever priced single Calla lilies at a florist?  If you have, you will have discovered that they sell for $5-$9 a STEM.  Why pay those kind of prices, when you can become your own florist – well sort of, anyway. Calla Lilies make  wonderful indoor plants and comes in many colors, as well.…

The Garden Charmers Trick and Tips

The Garden Charmers share their top tips and tricks.,

10 Garden Charmers Share Their Top Tips The Garden Charmers on Facebook are a diverse group of ladies with one common theme. They love nature and gardening. I asked the ladies in the group to share their top tricks and tips.  Some gave me gardening tips. Some had home and decor tips. All were great…

Musical Planters – Creative Gardening Ideas

Great selection of Creative Musical planters

Creatively Gardening with Musical Planters My major in college was music, so I am drawn to anything that uses musical instruments, whether it be gardening projects or DIY ideas. Musical instruments make great garden planters. Most of them have an opening in them somewhere that a plant can fit. And when done, they are unique…

Junk Art and Home Decor Fall Projects Round Up

Halloween Junk art and home decor projects from the Garden Charmers

The ladies in my Facebook Gardening Group called the Garden Charmers are at it again.   I asked the ladies in the group to show me what they have to share for Fall Junk art and home decor projects, and they came up with a great variety of ideas and tips for you. Decorate in Style…