Creative Gardening Ideas

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.

I have a huge compost pile at the back of my vegetable garden.  I am committed to organic gardening and try not to use any chemical fertilizers or pest control. Composting allows me to add some organic matter to my garden, but often needs sifting. Instead of buying a compost sifter, I made my own DIY…

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…

Potato Starch – Great source of Nourishment for Plants

Boiled water from potatoes

Indoor plants need nourishment, particularly in the dead of winter when sunlight is lower than other times of the year. Plants love starch and potato starch is a good way to give it to them.  To add starch in a “green way”, save the water you boil your potatoes in.   Starchy water will spur the…

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…

Vertical Gardens – Great Choice for Small Yards

Vertical gardening ideas

I speak to people all the time who admire my large yard and gardens but say “I don’t have the room to do this.”  While a large yard gives you lots of space to garden, those with small yards can still grow both flowers and vegetables by using Vertical gardens. Growing up instead of out…

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…

Seed Tape – DIY with Toilet Paper

DIY Seed Tape made from Toilet paper

Seed Tape is easy to make with common toilet paper. Why waste money on store bought seed takes when you can make your own with this commonly found item? Seed tape makes it easy to get tiny seeds planted in a vegetable garden. Often these seeds are so small that you end up wasting them by…

Words and Numbers in the Garden – Easy DIY Projects

Words and Numbets used in Gardens

Words and Numbers can do so many things.  They can set a mood, or showcase a location. They can tell a time or label something so it is noted. Words and numbers can also dress up your home and garden in many ways as garden decorations. Garden Decorations – DIY Garden Words and Numbers These…

DIY Greenhouses – Recyle Old Material for Plants

DIY greenhouse ideas

There are all sorts of ways that you can recycle old household materials to make DIY Greenhouses.  Extend your growing season with one of these creative ideas. I’ve been trying to get my husband to build me a greenhouse in our back yard for years, but it seems that this is one project that just…