Creative Gardening Ideas

Where do you keep your vegetables when the season ends?

Storage of fresh produce at season's end

The growing season still has time to go and many of us are in the middle of the vegetable gardening season.  But it is never too early to consider how you will deal with storing garden vegetables that you have at the end of the season. Root Cellars, and basements are great places for storing garden vegetables.…

Keep Squirrels away with These Repellents

DIY Squrrel Repellents

The squirrels have made a mess of my vegetable gardening attempts, this year, in a big way.  I decided to see what I could come up with to keep them away. These DIY Squirrel Repellents were easy to make and did a pretty good job. I must admit that I have been so proud of…

Uses for Aluminum Pie Plates in the Garden

Aluminum pie plates can be put to use in the garden.

I love to find neat garden uses for common household items.  There are so many things that we throw away that can be put to good use in a garden.  Aluminum disposable pie plates are one of those things. Don’t Throw those Disposable Pie Plates away! These plates can be re-purposed for many garden uses:…

Easy DIY Garden Projects

DIY Garden Projects

These easy DIY garden projects are all simple to do but have an elegant look when finished.  Most require just a few tools and can be done in a few hours on a weekend. Time to make some easy DIY Garden Projects. I love to craft, but never have much time for intricate projects.  I…

Staggered Planter Equals Instant Curb Appeal

DIY Staggered Planter with Street Numbers adds instant curb appeal

Planters near an entrance way are a great way to add pizzazz to a front door. But add some house numbers and a staggered planter and you will get some instant curb appeal to boot. Add Curb Appeal with a Staggered Planter This DIY Staggered Planter with House numbers is easy to do.  Well, there…

On The Spot Composting with Brown Lunch Bags

On the spot composting with brown lunch bags.

If you don’t want the chore of composting with a large compost pile, you can still compost.  Just use brown lunch bags.  Don’t throw away those plain brown bags, or fast good restaurant bags. Save them for on the spot composting! They work great in any flower or vegetable garden. Vegetable gardening is greatly enhanced…

Turn that Junk Mail into Garden Mulch

Junk Mail Mulch

All you have to do is look into your mail box and you will see how much junk mail you get on a daily basis.  Junk mail is unwanted, wastes paper and other materials and ends up on our garbage heaps in huge numbers all over the country.  Turn this unwanted mail into garden mulch…

DIY Compost Screen with Garden Trays

Recycle Garden trays as compost screens.

Composting allows me to add some organic matter to my garden, but the material often needs sifting. Instead of buying a compost sifter, I made my own DIY Compost Screen by using common plastic garden trays. I have a huge compost pile at the back of my vegetable garden.  I am committed to organic gardening…

Rolling Compost Pile Method of Composting

Composting is super easy with a rolling compost pile

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…

Recycle Grill Racks as Bulb protectors

Grill racks as squirrel protectors for bulbs

Squirrels and chipmunks love tender bulbs.  Given half a chance they will dig them up for a tasty meal right after they have been planted. You can deter them by tossing an old grill rack that you have salvaged on top of the area where the bulbs have been planted. These DIY bulb protectors do a…

Expandable Curtain Rods as Plant Supports

Curtain rods as expandable 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…

Fans of the Gardening Cook share their favorite planters

Gardening Cook Fans - 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…

Grow Cucumbers up instead of along the ground

For an easy harvest, grow your cucumbers up instead of out!

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…

Creative Garden Signs – Dress up your yard.

Creative garden signs

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…

Gardening Tips from my readers

Reader Tested Frugal Gardening Tips

I recently asked my readers on my Facebook Gardening Cook page to give me some frugal gardening tips and they did not disappoint. These clever ladies and gents shared tips that help with getting plants for free to using old newspapers for mulch and so many more ideas.If you would like your frugal gardening tips idea…

Pimp My Ride – Car Planters Gone Wild

VW bug car planter

My husband loves the car show Pimp my Ride.  He gets a kick out of how people dress up their cars in neat an innovative ways.  But the show has never yet shown how people use their cars as car planters! Transportation Meets Gardening in these Car Planters These unused vehicles have been turned into…

Brighten up your Outside Space with Tiki Planters

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…

Wheelbarrow Planters – Reuse Re Purpose Recycle

Collection of wheeled planters

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…

Decorative Bird Cage Planters – DIY Projects

Charming Bird Cage Planters

I am always on the look out for new and interesting ideas for planters.  Nurseries and Plant shops have lots of them, of course, but it is also great to see re-purposed items used as planters. These lovely Bird Cage Planters fit that bill just beautifully. Bird Cage Planters Turn Trash into Treasure. Whether you…

Growing Ginger Could Not be Easier

growing garlic

It seems that I am on a growing from scratch kick today. This time it is a short tutorial on growing ginger.  If you’re looking for an easy plant to grow indoors Ginger is the one for you. Growing Ginger is a fun DIY gardening project for the kids. All you need to grow ginger…

Microwave Containers make Great Drainage Hole Covers

Drainage Hole Covers

Drainage hole covers can be a tricky thing to find for your plant pots. Without one, though, the soil will eventually wash through the hole in the bottle and the plant will settle. Recycle Microwavable Trays Drainage Hole Covers There are many things that you can use…piece of broken pots, small stones.  One neat trick…

Log Planters – Great DIY Project for Old Logs

Logs of all types repurposed as planters

Log Planters make use of old fallen logs so they are a great way to recycle.  Plus, with a bit of creativity, you will have a unique garden addition. Log Planters are a Natural Addition to Any Yard. They can be very large and take up quite a bit of space, or you can use…