DIY Projects

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, cowboy boots, paint cans, child’s wagons and even old…

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.

Make Your Own Italian Herb Infused Vinegar I love to cook with vinegars and oils that have been infused with fresh herbs.  They 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.One of the…

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…

DIY Giant Terracotta Jingle Bells

DIY Giant Terracotta Jingle Bells

Ring in the Festive Season with Terracotta Jingle Bells Christmas will be here before you know it.  If you are looking for a special DIY Christmas gift for a gardener, these giant jingle bells will ring in the festive season in a natural way. They are easy to make and are a great gift idea…

No Carve Pumpkin Ideas

No carve pumpkin ideas.

Decorate with one of these No Carve Pumpkin Ideas Every fall, the pumpkins abound and people start thinking about how to decorate them.  But that can be messy and eventually kind of smelly too.  Instead of all that mess, why not try one of these no carve pumpkin DIY ideas.  All use other supplies to…

Interesting Paths and walk ways

Interesting Garden Pathways

My Favorite Stone and Natural Pathways. Garden paths add so much to your back yard space. They take you from place to place in the garden, and if used properly can also add a bit of mystery to your outdoor space.  There are so many materials to use for your garden paths.  Some are very…

The Benefits of Bird Houses

the benefits of having a bird house are many.

Why Have Bird Houses? The birds that visit your backyard are a part of the whole ecosystem. Having a home for your feathered friends adds some interest to your yard and makes sure they will keep visiting.  If you attract them to your yard by having bird friendly bird houses, and adding fresh clean water…

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…

Newspaper Mulch – Control Weeds and Help Your Soil

How to Make Newspaper Mulch

Newspaper is a great product to use to control the weeds in your garden.  It is beneficial in both flower and vegetable gardening. The newspaper adds a barrier that keeps weeds from growing. It retains moisture in the soil and adds organic material as it breaks down. The worms just love it!  Making newspaper mulch…

DIY Dog Flea Spray – Go Green

DIY dog flea spray

This DIY Dog Flea Spray is all natural and inexpensive. If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors like mine does, then fleas are bound to be a problem for you.  Just sitting near grassy areas will bring the fleas to your best buddy. Are you looking for a cheap, but effective flea repellent…

Creative Hummingbird Feeders

Round up of creative hummingbird feeders

Hummingbird Feeders for any garden setting I am always fascinated when I see hummingbirds flitting around my garden.  They are so delicate and seem to defy all rules of aeronautics as they hover over flowers gathering nectar.  These creative hummingbird feeders will attract the delicate birds to your garden with their colorful red designs. You…

DIY Humming bird Nectar

DIY hummingbird nectar

Make your Own Hummingbird Nectar my mom recently gave me a hummingbird feeder and I checked out the cost of nectar at local stores.  Everyone loves hummingbirds but keeping feeders full can become quite costly.  Why pay retail prices when making your own nectar is easy and very inexpensive? To make your own  hummingbird nectar…

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…

Recycle that Watering Can into Garden Art

DIY Gardeners Share their favorite ways to use watering cans as garden art

Last year, I found a neat watering can at a huge discount and turned it into a DIY scarecrow project for fall.  Fall is long gone (but soon to come again!)  During the year, I have used the watering can over and over with various plants in it. At the moment, I have some white…