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Rolling Compost Pile Method of Composting

I am committed to organic gardening. My vegetable garden is treated for insects with home made remedies and I control weeds by pulling and with vinegar.  I do not use chemical fertilizers, but instead add organic matter formed through composting. I don’t use a compost bin, but instead use a rolling compost pile. Rolling compost …

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Expandable Curtain Rods as Plant Supports

All gardeners know the task of keeping tall flower stalks from flopping over. There are lots of retail supports that you can purchase, but they can be pricey and also sometimes are not the right lengths. A great creative gardening hack is to use expandable curtain rods as plant supports. It’s Curtain Time for your …

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Fans of the Gardening Cook share their favorite planters

When it comes to creative planters, the sky seems to be the limit.  Almost anything with an opening can become a garden planter.  I recently asked The Gardening Cook Facebook fans to submit their favorite planters Do you have favorite planters that you want to share? My Facebook page fans did. Here are some of …

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Grow Cucumbers up instead of along the ground

Anyone who has grown cucumbers knows that they take up a LOT of room in the vegetable garden.  One way to overcome this space problem is to use trellises or other climbing structures to give your cucumber supports to grow on instead of letting them crawl along on the ground and using up precious garden space.  Give …

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Creative Garden Signs – Dress up your yard.

There is nothing like a creative and funny garden sign to add a touch of whimsy to your garden. They invite guests to explore your garden space in a friendly and, often comical, way. I thought it would be fun to put together a collection of creative garden signs to give you some inspiration. Creative …

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Brighten up your Outside Space with Tiki Planters

There are lots of ideas for how to brighten up your patio space for night time entertaining.  Tiki torch Planters add a nice bit of ambiance to your parties and have a more natural look than normal lighting does. Tiki Torch Planters give a great light to your patio. We purchased a set of tiki torches last …

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Wheelbarrow Planters – Reuse Re Purpose Recycle

Wheelbarrow planters are one things on my bucket list of must do gardening ideas.  I have been looking for just the right old fashioned wheelbarrow for months. I want to add them as focal pieces in my perennial garden beds. There are a lot of planters for sale at garden centers, but you could break …

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Test Garden – Experimenting with a Variety of Plants and Flowers

I have long dreamed of having a test garden.  I’ve loved to garden ever since I was a young girl.  My first apartment was just full of house plants, and when I moved to Australia with my husband in the 1970s, I had a business devoted to the sale of indoor plants. Welcome to my …

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Decorative Bird Cage Planters – DIY Projects

These lovely Bird Cage Planters are a great way to showcase your succulent plant collection. I am always on the look out for new and interesting ideas for eco-friendly planters. Nurseries and Plant shops have lots of them, of course, but it is also great to see re-purposed items used as planters. Bird Cage Planters …

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