DIY Projects

Window Box Planters – How to Plant Window Boxes

Window box planters

I have recently discovered a love for window boxes.  During my summer vacation, we toured 10 states and visited many Botanical Gardens. Seeing how many ways there are to dress up your home with window box planters was inspiring. They are a fabulous way to create curb appeal and are easy to take care of. Window…

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…

Trench Composting with Kitchen Scraps

How to improve your Soil

What can you do if you don’t have the time or space for composting in the traditional way?  This is where trench composting is your friend. Most organic vegetable gardeners are aware of the benefits of having compost pile.  Adding kitchen scraps to a bin or mound of decaying plant matter gives the perfect mix…

Best Topsy Turvy Planters – Creative Gardening Tipsy Pots

I was getting my hair done a few months ago and my hairdresser showed me her latest creation – a topsy turvy planter creation (also called Tipsy Pots.)  At that point I had not seen topsy turvy planters, they they are now appearing everywhere on social media.  They take the term creative gardening to a…

How to Propagate Spider Plants from Babies

Mature spider plant

Love having new plants for free?  This project is for you.  It is super easy to propagate spider plants from the babies that the mother plant sends out on the ends of long arching stems.  Spider Plants – botanical name Chlorophytum – are one of the easiest of plants to propagate.  I first became familiar…

Regrow Your Food From Kitchen Scraps

Vegetables that will re-grow

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?   I love the idea that you can use to regrow your food. What a great way to…

Succulent Bird Cage Planter – Super Easy DIY Garden Project

Succulent Bird Cage Planter

I just love using household items in my garden in a creative way.  Today’s project is going to be to transform an old birdcage into a succulent birdcage planter.  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…

Natural Vinegar Weed Killer – The Organic Way

Organic Vinegar Natural Weed Killer

Do you love growing perennials but don’t like the weeds that need pulling? The next time you walk outside and see a garden bed full of weeds and reach for the Roundup, why not stop and ask yourself a question.  “Why drench them with something that will remain in the soil for who knows how…

Composting Tips – Tricks for Creating Nature’s Black Gold

Compost pile

If you enjoy vegetable gardening or growing flowers, adding organic matter formed by composting will give you great results.  Have you always thought that making compost is difficult?  These Composting Tips will take the mystery out of it for you. Composting may seem like something that only our ancestors did, but many modern gardeners take…

Borax Weed Killer for Creeping Charlie

Borax weed killer

This Borax weed killer for Creeping Charlie is a more natural remedy that resorting to chemical herbicides and Round up.  It can be used on established lawns and works well to get of this common weed. Are you plagued with Creeping Charlie in your lawn? So are many home owners and they are looking for…

How to Preserve Flowers with Borax

Preserving flowers with Borax

If you love the look of dried flowers in your home, don’t buy them.  It is easy to preserve flowers yourself with two common household ingredients:  Borax and Cornmeal.  One of the true joys of gardening is having so many flowers in my garden. I sometimes cut them to bring indoors, and also like to dry…

Vertical Onion Garden – Fun Kid’s Gardening Project

Growing onions vertically

This Vertical Onion Garden is a fun project that the kids will just love.  They will enjoy helping you put it together and watching as the onions start to sprout and grow out the sides of the bottle that you have set up for a container.   Growing food from scraps and pieces is a…

Re-growing Carrot Greens from Scraps

Growing carrot greens is a great Earth Day project

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22.  It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now remembered in more that 193 countries! When I think of Earth Day, I think of recycling, taking care of the environment and planting food. I thought it would be fun to share this project that shows how easy…

Growing Garlic Greens Indoors

Garlic bulbs that have sprouted

The other day I grabbed my onion basket to get some garlic and found a clove that had sprouted. My first thought was I guess I will see how Growing Garlic Greens Indoors works out! This time of the year, I love to tend indoor plants, since there is not much growing outside. I use…

Cement Blocks Raised Garden Bed

Cement Blocks Raised Garden Bed

This cement blocks raised garden bed makes a great home for hardy succulents and colorful annuals. It is easy to assemble and makes tending the plants a breeze. A few years ago, I used a group of cement blocks to make a corner planter for my succulents. I LIKED it but didn’t love it.  It…

Growing Onion Bottoms in Pots

Growing Onion Bottoms

Onions are such a versatile vegetable. I use them almost every day in recipes.  I always seem to have onions growing in various places in my house and garden. Growing onions indoors can be done quite a few different ways.  Growing onion bottoms is a great way to use parts of the onion that would…

Coffee Pot Terrarium

Coffee Pot Terrarium

This cute coffee pot terrarium is the perfect bit of household plant decor to have nearby when I have my morning cup of coffee. It puts me in a good mood for the day just to look at it! If you love succulents as much as I do, you will want to check out my…

Creative Garden Art

Spray and old watering can purple and plant with pretty flowers for easy garden art

Garden art can cost an arm and a leg if you purchase it from garden centers.  But this does not have to be the case.  It is easy to create instant interest in the garden by making use of recycled or common household items and turning them into garden art. I love to make creative…

12 Tips for Summer Time Gardening to Beat the Heat

Summer time Gardening Tips

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® and OFF!®. The opinions and text are all mine. Time for some summer time gardening tips. Summer has finally arrived for real at my house and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I really enjoy spending the summer tinkering around in my garden, especially…

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

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, and it saddens me that the day is not really celebrated any longer. But not to fear, there are still lots of days to celebrate a…

Recycled Bird Bath Becomes Garden Plant Stand

recyclled bird bath becomes garden planter

My husband is the king of finding things that I can recycle to use in my garden. Last year, it was a set of musical instruments that made a great garden display. This year it is a whole host of things that I am incorporating as the weeks go by into one of my garden…

Rustic Succulent Planters That Can Take the Heat

Succulent planter ideas

For the last few years, I have been experimenting more and more with succulents.  These drought hard plants can really take the heat and can be potted up in so many ways. These rustic succulent planters will show you how to use ordinary items to display your plants If you love succulents as much as I do,…

10 Ways to Transform my Garden With Mom in Mind

Mom's garden

Mother’s Day is right around that corner and spring has us out in our gardens.  That made me think about a project for ways to transform your garden with mom in mind. I’m sure many of my readers are looking for something wonderful to give to their mothers for this special day. After all, it…