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Most Popular Posts of 2015- My Top 10 Articles

These articles are the most popular posts of 2105 on The Gardening Cook

These are the top 10 most popular posts of 2015 for the Gardening Cook. As New Year’s day comes closer, I find myself, like so many others planning for next year.  But before I can do that, I need to take stock of the previous year, especially for my blog.  I always look forward to…

Festive Ice Skates Door Swag

This festive ice skate swag looks perfect on a front door with an oval glass panel. The skates add a whimsical touch to the burlap bow and gives the whole project a country look. thegardeningcook.com

Decorate your front door country style with this ice skates door swag. We changed our front door this summer, and now have an oval glass panel on the front entry.  The shape means that I no longer use round wreaths for it and swags have become my go-to door decoration.  This project for a festive…

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…

How to Make an Autumn Door Swag

Festive autumn front door swag

I just love decorating this time of the year.  But much of what is out there is very holiday-centric.  I like something that goes over both Halloween and Thanksgiving, so I decided to do a decorative autumn door swag this year. We redid the entry of our house this summer and changed from a plain…

DIY No Carve Sunflower Pumpkin

No Carve Sun Flower Pumpkin

Here is another idea for those of you who do not like the mess of a carved pumpkin. It’s also one that gardeners will love!  This no carve sunflower pumpkin uses the heads of sunflowers or any other colorful daisy like flower to cover the outside of the pumpkin. Silk flowers make the decoration last…

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…

Before and After Power Washing Photos

These Power Washing Photos Show the Amazing Transformation of the Front of our Home. I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Advil®. I received compensation for this post. All opinions stated are my own. It’s been a busy summer for my husband and me. Power washing the exterior of our house and surrounding…

Power Washing Tips and Tricks

12 tips for power washing success

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that my husband Richard and I love to do labor intensive projects that really make a difference in the look of our home and yard. Our latest project is a full power wash of the siding and brick on our house. If…

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. I love strawberry planters.  The pockets on the side are perfect for plants that send out offshoots. Each little “baby” can fit into the protruding pockets to make…

DIY Hose Pot Holder

DIY galvanized hose pot

Keep your Hose Tidy with this DIY Hose Pot Holder Project. Hoses are a necessity for any well cared for garden, but they often end up messy, tangled and full of kinks from sitting out on your lawn or garden bed.  This DIY hose pot project will give you a place to put your hose…

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…

Mailbox Makeover Adds Instant Curb Appeal

Create some Curb Appeal with a Mailbox Makeover Nothing creates a first impression in your front yard more than a well detailed and maintained mailbox.  Unfortunately, mine was an eyesore and needed a lot of TLC, so I decided to do a mailbox makeover.The mailbox was on a post that was rotting away. The post…

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 Old Bookcase Garden Make Over

DIY garden book case

My Old Bookcase Garden Make Over Give a Pop of Color in my backyard. I love to re-purpose tired and dilapidated old furniture and household goods. It is fun to think outside the box and come up with a new way to use them.  My latest project is this old book case garden make over…

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. Tidy up your Plant Pots with This DIY…

Sounds of the Southwest with Musical Planters

These Musical Planters Ring in the Sounds of the Southwest in my Garden. 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…

DIY Hose Guides – Easy Gardening Project

DIY Hose Guides

Protect Your Plants with the DIY Hose Guides I have really large garden beds in my front and back yard. Some are easy to manage as far as the hose goes and others have paths in them that really require hose guides to keep the hose off my plants.  I priced recently and found them…

20 Clever Gardening Hacks

20 Clever Gardening Hacks

These Gardening Hacks Will Make this the Best Year Ever I love to write about clever ideas that gardeners can do to make their garden chores easy.  Sure, it is easy to throw money at a project, but with a bit of creativity you can accomplish the same tasks in a DIY manner and save…

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…

DIY Yard Sale Shepherds Hook Make Over

Shepherd's Hook Make over

This DIY yard sale Shepherds Hook Make Over Adds Color and Pizazz! I love to go to antique fairs, yard sales and flea markets.  There is something really special about finding old things to re purpose or to add to a collection of vintage items.  Gardening items are often found this time of the year…

Recycled Items to use as Seed starters & Beet Seeds review

Household items to use for starting seeds

There are so many household items that you can recycle to use as seed starters.  Most are very inexpensive to use and would be great to get kids interested in gardening.  The gardens have been put to bed for the winter, but these are the months to think about starting seeds indoors, so that they…

Creative Planters – Why Didn’t I think of That?

Man and dog made of plant pots

It seems that almost everything that is found around the house can be turned into creative planters.  No matter how large or small, a plant seems to be able to find its way into anything with an opening large enough to put in some soil.  Typewriters, bicycles, cowboy boots, paint cans, child’s wagons and even…

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…

How To Winterize Garden Tools

Winterize Garden Tools. 14 tips to prepare your garden tools for the winter. thegardeningcook.com/

Winterizing Garden Tools in the Fall Means Happy Tools in the Spring! Once the cooler weather sets in, and thoughts of the upcoming holidays come to mind, that last thing we want to think about is gardening. But trust me, your garden tools will love you if you think ahead and do some things to…

DIY Italian Herb Vinegar

Italian Herb Vinegar is so easy to make.

I love growing herbs and combing them with vinegar and oil gives me a great ingredient for cooking. Herb infused vinegar oils keep the flavor of the herbs well and add such a special taste to any recipe.  This recipe for Italian Herb Vinegar is perfect for any Italian or Mediterranean recipe. Make Your Own…