Creative Gardening Ideas

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…

Garden Sheds

14 charming garden sheds

If you have been gardening for long, you will know that tools and gadgets soon start to take over your yard. Garden Sheds have become a fixture in many back yards. But your garden shed doesn’t have to be plain and boring, as these great looking buildings will show. Your garden shed can be as…

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 Metal Yard Art – Bugs – Flowers – Critters

Metal yard art daisy

Decorating your yard with creative metal yard art can add a wonderful touch of whimsy to your outdoor garden space! I recently spent a week in a lovely cottage in the mountains of North Carolina.  It was a great get away with my husband, daughter and her boyfriend. We spent the time driving around the…

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

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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…

15 Creative Garden Benches

Relax in style this summer with one of these creative garden benches. Anyone who visits my home and walks around my gardens knows that I have a LOVE of outdoor seating.   I have 8 garden beds and 7 garden seating areas.  Pretty much anywhere you walk in my gardens will take you to 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…

Natural Ways to Treat Poison Ivy or Poison Oak

Leaves of three...leave them be. But what do you do if you get a case of poison ivy? See my natural remedies.

Home remedies for Poison Ivy and Poison Oak Leaves of three, leave them be.  That is the old saying for dealing with poison ivy.  If you garden a lot, you will most likely, at some point or other, come into contact with poison ivy or poison oak.  The intense itching and pain is horrible, and…

10 Frugal Seed Starting Pots and Containers

10 frugal seed starting pots

I love this time of the year. Vegetable gardening is at the top of my list of things to come.  The temperatures keep teasing us that spring is on the way, and our thoughts are often on the garden.  Unfortunately, for many, it’s far too early to actually plant seedlings or seeds in the ground…

DIY Newspaper Seed Pots

DIY newspaper seed pots

These DIY newspaper seed pots cost almost nothing and make perfect containers for your seeds. They are a fun budget garden project that the kids will love. Starting seeds indoors in the late winter and early spring really increases the time that you can enjoy your vegetable garden in the growing season.  Doing this gives…

Early Spring Garden Projects

18 tips for early spring gardening

I know that in most parts of the country, the ground is still covered with snow, but as any good gardener will tell you, “it’s never to early to start thinking about spring gardening!”  There are lots of things that you can do to get ready.  These early spring garden projects will get a jump…

Eco -friendly Cardboard Tube Seed Starting Pots

Eco-friendly, biodegradable seed starting pots.

Did you know that the tubes which are on the inside of a roll of wrapping paper can do double duty in your garden when the paper is gone? That’s right – these eco-friendly cardboard tube seed starting pots began their life in a gift wrapping roll. These little pots are one of my favorite…

Winter Door Swag Makeover

Ice skate door swag makeover

The cold weather is here and it is time for my winter door swag makeover. I have a wreath, or door swag on my front door year round.  The door has an oval glass panel in it and putting a swag there gives me a bit of extra privacy and I like the way it makes…

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…

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…