DIY Projects

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…

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.

Every fall, the pumpkins abound and people start thinking about how to carve and 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 ideas.  All use other supplies to decorate the pumpkin without the need of getting…

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 Importance of Bird Houses – Bird House Benefits

the benefits of having a bird house are many.

The birds that visit your backyard are a part of the whole ecosystem. The Importance of bird houses can’t be understated if you want to attract birds to your yard. Having a home for your feathered friends adds some interest to your yard and makes sure the birds will keep visiting.  There are also many…

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…

35+ Creative Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

35 Creative Uses for Hydrogen peroxide: thegardeningcook.com/

Hydrogen peroxide is one of those things which people have in their bathroom, that they use primarily for healing wounds and cuts. But it is a shame to save this handy bottle for just medical uses, when there are so many more uses for it around the home.  And it is so inexpensive too! Hydrogen…

How to Grow Your Own Pineapples from The Leafy Top

How to Grow your Own Pineapple: the gardeningcook.com/growing-pineapples

I love pineapples.  They are so sweet and the fruit makes great salsas.  It’s wonderful grilled with a barbecue too.  Did you know that growing pineapples from a discarded top is quite easy to do? And one of the beauties of this project is that, if you don’t have room for a full scale vegetable…

Testing Alka Seltzer and Copper to Clean a Bird Bath

Testing Alka Seltzer and Copper to clean a bird bath. Do they work? find out at thegardeningcook.com/

As much as we all love to see birds splashing around in a bird bath, bacteria and grime will soon make it not such a pleasant sight.  For today’s project, I am testing Alka Seltzer and copper to clean a bird bath. I have several bird baths in my garden beds.  I just love to…

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…

Edging A Garden Bed with Vigaro Edging Strips

How to edge a border like a pro: thegardeningcook.com/vigaro-plastic-edging

I have a garden bed in my front yard that I call my “Jess border.” The reason for the name is because my daughter and I made the bed together and it always has a big patch of sunflowers in the middle of it each year.  Sunflowers are Jess’ favorite flowers. Like all my other…

My Vegetable Garden Make Over

See how I transformed my eyesore garden bed into a combined perennial vegetable border

I love vegetable gardening. There is nothing quite like harvesting and cooking vegetables that you have grown.  If you like to grow vegetables, be sure to ready my post about how to troubleshoot vegetable garden problems as well as some solutions. One of the problems that can happen when you start a vegetable garden is…

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. …

How To Make An Easy DIY Bean Teepee

This DIY bean teepee is easy to make and my beans love to climb it. It also makes a great garden accent. Find out how to do it at the gardeningcook.com/DIY-bean-teepee

This year, I changed my vegetable garden into a combined perennial/vegetable border.  It’s a long story but basically, the squirrels got the better of my veggies last year and I swore never again. Since I will have flowers and vegetables growing in one space, I wanted some decorative and functional items in it.  This DIY…

DIY Summer Mason Jar Flower Vase Project

This DIY summer mason jar vase project is perfect for my summer brunch table. See the tutorial at thegardeningcook.com/

One of my favorite things to do on Sunday morning is to meet friends for breakfast or brunch and catch up on the week.  Normally, we go out to a variety of restaurants and alternate each week between them. This week, I wanted to have our friends over to our house for breakfast.  I’ve been…

Kids Crafts – Fun Crafts that Children Will Love

7 kid tested DIY projects

Treat your Child to these Fun Kids Crafts Doing kids crafts with children is a lot of fun. It requires some patience, since children like to have things done quickly but it also teaches patience and builds self esteem. Here are some cute kids crafts from around the net that you may want to try…

The Garden Charmers Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day with The Garden Charmers #EarthDayProjects

The Garden Charmers is a great group of ladies who garden, decorate and cook with a passion. They all have a love for our environment, so Earth Day is special to them. In the Northern Hemisphere, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 and the day always helps us to focus on environmental awareness. If…

Free Herb Plant Labels for Mason Jars and Pots

Free Printable Labels for Herb Plants

Looking for a pretty way to dress up the pots that you use for growing herbs, and label them at the same time?  These cute herb planter labels can be just printed off and then added to your pots in no time at all. Herb Identification seems at though it would be easy but you…

DIY Cottage Chic Herb Garden With Mason Jars

DIY Mason Jar Herb Planter in Famer's Market tray #EarthDayProjects

Growing herbs is something that any good cook should consider. This mason jar herb garden fits into the French country look that I have going on in my kitchen as part of a renovation, too. It’s the perfect DIY project for my vegetable gardening summer! I love cottage chic decor projects. They have a rustic appeal…