Gardening Tips

Growing Dracaena Fragrans – How to Grow Corn Plants

Dracaena Fragrans

Large, showy indoor plants are a delight in the home. Growing dracaena fragrans gives the feeling of being in a corn field. The striped yellow and green leaves bring a lot of softness to any corn of a room It is not too hard to figure out why Dracaena Fragrans is called The Corn Plant.  The…

Flowering Houseplants – 15 Blooming Indoor Plants

Flowering houseplants

When the weather outside is too cold for gardening, flowering houseplants bring a touch of the garden into your home.  Blooming indoor plants add color and decor to any indoor setting and are cheerful year round. My first attempt at gardening started with houseplants. I remember coming home one day to the aroma of the…

Pruning Forsythia – How and When to Trim Forsythia Bushes

Pruning forsythia helps the plant to be managed

Forsythia flowers give us one of the first splashes of color in early spring gardens. But to get that color and a well shaped shrub, it’s important to trim forsythia bushes correctly. Pruning forsythia requires some basic knowledge of how the plant is meant to grow. Seeing the cheery yellow blooms on the long arching…

Liriope Muscari Variegata – Growing Variegated Lilyturf

Growing Liriope Muscari Variegata is easy.

Liriope Muscari Variegata is an evergreen perennial that easily spreads to form a deep carpet of grass-like plants that makes a great ground cover or border plant. This form of liriope aptly has the common name “variegated lilyturf.” This interesting perennial plant has vibrant yellow stripes along the arching dark green foliage.  I love the…

Pruning Hellebores – Tips for Lenten Rose Maintenance

Hellebore plant

Hellebores are a long blooming perennial plant that needs very little in the way of maintenance but it does get a bit ragged looking at times of the year.  Pruning hellebores will keep your Lenten rose looking its best all year long. All garden plants need pruning at some stage, and hellebores are no exception.…

Flower Bulb Types – Understanding Bulbs Corms Rhizomes Tubers

Bulbs Corms Rhizomes Tubers Bulbets and Tuberous roots are part of the geophyte family

Flowering bulbs are some of the easiest plants to grow.  Some of the spring flowering bulbs, such as tulips, crocuses and daffodils will give you weeks for flowering long before other perennials have started to show up.  How well do you know your flower bulb types?  Do the words bulbs corms rhizomes tubers and bulbets…

Herbs to Grow Indoors – 10 Best Herbs for Sunny Windowsills

Best herbs for growing indoors

Which herbs should choose for your indoor garden?  Here are my top 10 picks for herbs to grow indoors. There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh herbs to really add a boost to your home made recipes.  Many gardeners enjoy growing herbs outside during the summer months, but winter temperatures will kill them…

Fall Gardening Checklist – Tips for Fall Garden Maintenance

Fall gardening maintenance

This fall gardening checklist will help you get ready for the gardening off-season. Learn about autumn garden care and how to winterize your outdoor space to make things so much easier when the garden starts blooming next spring. Getting out in the garden this time of the year is a great time to look back on…

Growing Herbs Indoors – How to Grow Herb Plants Inside

Herbs for indoor gardens

I love growing herbs in my garden but most of them die off in the winter months.  Since I use herbs for cooking all the time, my answer is growing herbs indoors during the winter. Some herbs are annuals and need to be planted each year, and others are perennials and will continue growing year after…

Window Box Planters – How to Plant Window Boxes

Window box planters

I have recently discovered a love for window boxes.  During my summer vacation, we toured 10 states and visited many Botanical Gardens. Seeing how many ways there are to dress up your home with window box planters was inspiring. They are a fabulous way to create curb appeal and are easy to take care of. Window…

Pruning Rosemary – How and When to Prune Rosemary Plants

Pruning fresh rosemary

Growing herbs is a great way to add an edible element to your garden. Rosemary is normally quite easy to control if you keep it in a pot, but if you have it growing freely in the garden, it can easily get woody and shabby looking. This is when these tips for pruning rosemary are helpful.…

What To Plant for Fall Gardens

Vegetables for fall gardens

For many of you, vegetable gardening is coming to an end.  My beans are almost done, tomatoes are long gone (thanks to my squirrels) and lettuce bolted long ago. Fall Gardens often look bare, but there are plenty of vegetables that will actually produce if planted in late summer. There are still a few flowers…

Cleveland Zoo Visit

Cleveland Zoo

Our summer vacation this year was a mainly tour of Historic Homes and Botanical Gardens in 7 Eastern and Midwest States. But while we were in Ohio, we stopped into the Cleveland Zoo and spent a few hours admiring the animals. This big zoo houses 3,000 animals of over 600 species on abut 180 acres…

Perserving Herbs by Drying and Freezing

Ways to preserve herbs

It is getting to that time of the year again.  My vegetable gardening projects are slowing down and I have to start thinking about the first frost.  It is also the time to start thinking about preserving herbs that seem to be in abundant supply right now. I have a huge group of fresh herbs…

10 Tips to Make Gardening Easier

Get the kids involved with gardening chores

Most gardeners love being out in the garden, but few want to see it as a chore. Even though the temperatures are getting cooler in most of the country, there are still lots of opportunities to make gardening easier. Make Gardening Easier by Following these 10 Tips With a bit of planning and a few…

Trench Composting with Kitchen Scraps

How to improve your Soil

Most organic vegetable gardeners are aware of the benefits of having compost pile.  Adding kitchen scraps to a bin or mound of decaying plant matter gives the perfect mix of green brown matter to make a compost pile work well. But what can you do if you don’t have the time or space for composting…

Best Gardens – Creative Gardening Ideas

creative gardening fun

Here are some of my favorites gardening ideas from the best of the internet.  The ideas range from soup to nuts.  There is something for all gardening styles here.  My only requirement for a recipe to land on this page is that it must inspire me and have something to do with creative gardening. Searching…

How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Hummingbird feeding

There is nothing quite like the sight of hummingbirds around a feeder, fluttering their wings the way only hummingbirds seem to do. For me, it is sort of a sign that summer is really in full steam.  If you want to attract hummingbirds to your garden, there are a few things that you should keep in mind…

Nectar plants for Swallowtail Butterflies

swallowtail butterfly on lantana

Nothing makes me smile more than going out into my garden and seeing Swallowtail butterflies fluttering around.  Did you know that planting certain plants will make sure that you have these pretty visitors to your yard? These swallowtail nectar plants are great at attracting butterflies to your garden. They just can’t resist them! Swallowtail butterflies are…

50+ Tried and Tested Uses for Vinegar

vinegar uses

Vinegar is a versatile and effective household product that is more useful than just for making salad dressing. There are dozens of vinegar uses in the home. From soaking your sponges to keeping your counters free of ants, this product is a must have. I recently had to deal with ants in my kitchen and tested some…

Declining Bee Population – How Important are They?

Bees are so important in our gardens. Find out why and how to attract them at https://thegardeningcook.com/the-importance-of-bees-in-nature/

With all the talk of GMOs, pesticides and large scale farming, one has to ask the question “How important are bees to our Food Supply and to nature in general?”  I, for one, and many of my gardening friends have noted the declining bee population.  And those that do visit our yards are the bumble bees, rather…

Tips for Dealing with Invasive Pests

Do your share to help fight invasive pests

Critters in the garden range from beneficial to invasive.  Some actually are listed by the US Department of Agriculture as invasive pests that need to be controlled.  See my tips for dealing with these unwanted bugs. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture – Animal…

Growing Hollyhocks – A Traditional Cottage Garden Favorite-

Hollyhocks

If you love perennial plants with a long blooming season, you will likely have a fondness for growing hollyhocks. This lovely perennial is a popular garden favorite that flowers throughout most of the summer months. Hollyhocks (Puccinia malvacearum) are often found in cottage gardens.  They make a great background plant for shorter perennials and come in…

Balloon Flower – Tips for Growing Platycodon grandiflorus

Platycodon grandiflorus is also known as Balloon flower

Balloon Flower, or Platycodon grandiflorus, is also known as Chinese Bell flower. The common names of this pretty perennial plant come from the plump found flower buds that resemble hot air balloons or Chinese lanterns before they open. Growing Balloon Flower Perennial This hardy and easy care perennial is one of my favorite summer blooming perennials. The…