Gardening Tips

Tips for Growing Heirloom Seeds

Tips for growing heirloom seeds

Thank you EcoFarms for sponsoring this vegetable gardening post. All opinions are mine.  #ecofarmsonline. It’s time to learn about growing heirloom seeds! Heirloom vegetable seeds have so much going for them.  They end up giving you plants that you can’t go to a big box store and buy, they cost less than hybrid vegetables and…

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. It is easy to create a…

Daylily Photo Gallery

Daylily photo gallery

If you are fond of growing perennials, you really should try daylilies. They are one of my favorite perennials.  I started my collection with the common Stella D’oro that is seen by all the road sides in North Carolina and have moved on to more and better flowers.  There is such a variety of bloom…

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…

14 Best Hardy Perennials

14 of my favorite hardy perennials

Budget conscious gardeners have a very good friend when they turn to growing perennials. What is not to like about a plant that comes back year after year and needs very little care and watering after the first year?  There are many types of perennials, from tender types, which need to be grown in the…

Coleus Plants – One of my Favorite Annuals for Color

How to grow coleus.

You Can’t Beat Coleus Plants for Summer Color I am always looking for plants to give my garden a burst of color which will last throughout the season.  I plant the normal flowering annuals such as pansies, petunias, zinnias and others.  But there is one variety which gives huge color impact, and is one of…

25 tips to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

Garden Tips for Sping

Many areas of the country are still under a blanket of snow, but it won’t be long for most of us to do things to get your garden ready for spring.  Here in NC, depending on how late our winter lasts, that time is almost here!  It is time to start thinking about ways to…

Plant Propagation Tips – New Plants for Free

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If you garden, you will know that the cost of buying new plants can get very expensive over time. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a wonderful garden.  Just follow some of these plant propagation tips and you will have both perennial garden plants, as well as indoor plants for…

12 Tips for Gardening with Arthritis

12 tips for gardening with arthritis

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhatInconvenience #CollectiveBias It’s time for some tips for gardening with arthritis! Everyone who reads my blog knows that I LOVE to garden.  I learned the basics of gardening from my mother who was always outside digging in her garden…

Shade Tolerant Vegetables vs Sun Friendly Veggies

Do your vegetables need sun or shade?

Vegetables, just like flowers and other plants, need plenty of sun, but not all are equal. Veggies, by nature, like a lot of sunlight to grow.  They typically have a short growing season, so the more you can give them, the better they like it. But there are some shade tolerant vegetables, too.  I would…

10 Ways to Protect our Environment at Home

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are 100% mine.  These 10 Ways to protect our Environment at Home can really help. Earth Day was a few days ago and lots of people talked about the environment for that one day. For me, thinking of ways…

10 Ways to Transform my Garden With Mom in Mind

Mom's garden

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Guides4eBay #CollectiveBias It’s time to transform my garden for Mother’s Day. Gardening Moms are Very Special. Celebrate them for Mother’s Day.  I will celebrate mine with these 10 tips to transform my garden with my mom in mind. Mother’s Day…

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…

How to Grow Helleborus Perennial – Lenten Rose

Helleborus perennial

 I first heard of Helleborus perennial several years ago when I spent a season trying to grow some uncommon plants from seed.  I didn’t have any luck with them, but the idea of a flowering plant blooming in my garden where there is still snow on the ground stuck in my mind.  The botanical name…

20 Seed Starting Tips

20 seed starting tips

The holidays have come and gone and most of us are hunkering down for the colder months of the year.  But wait – now is the perfect time to think ahead to spring and even get a head start on it by starting our own seeds indoors.  To help you with this task, I have…

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…

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…

Power Washing Tips and Tricks

12 tips for power washing success

Get your House Sparkling clean with these Power Washing Tips. I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Advil®. I received compensation for this post. All opinions stated are my own. It’s time for some power washing tips. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that my husband…

22 Ways to Create Curb Appeal

tips for adding curb appeal

This post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook. There is a saying that one can only have one first impression. That saying applies to the front of your home as well as to your personality or appearance. The front door and entry is the…

17 Tips for Creating a Cottage Garden

Cottage garden

I love a cottage garden.  I am not a rule follower by nature, especially when it comes to gardens, and I love the way a cottage garden throws caution to the wind in the rule department.   Do you like lots of flowers, flowing lines and a not so formal look? Then  a cottage garden might…

When to use Ratcheting Pruners

When to use ratcheting pruners

Ratcheting Pruners make Light work of Heavy Tasks. It does not matter if you have one small hydrangea bush or a yard full of garden beds.  At some point, you will need to remove some dead growth, overgrown branches or untidy flowers from your garden shrubs and plants. And some of those branches will be…

Pros and Cons of Raised Garden Beds

Raised Garden Bed

Vegetable gardening normally requires large plots of land in order to get good harvests.  But this is not always possible in today’s world.   Many homeowners have smaller yards, but would still like to enjoy the benefits of home grown vegetables. For them, raised garden beds may be the answer. Advantages & Disadvantages of Raised…

14 Vegetable Garden Hacks

14 Vegetable Garden Hacks

One of the big pleasures of summer for me is vegetable gardening.  I love to walk around and look at the way the plants are producing and to come back into the house with a basket full of vegetables. I also love creative gardening ideas. They make the task of gardening fun.  These 14 clever…

14 Tips for a Successful Garden Make Over

14 tips to a successful garden makeover

This post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook. Get A Successful Garden Make Over With 14 Easy Tips. It’s that time again. Time to transform one of my garden beds that just won’t seem to keep to a single design. I call it my…

5 Tips for a Flourishing Summer Garden

Get a Flourishing Summer Garden with These 5 Tips This is a guest post written By Jennifer Riner of Zillow If you’re late to the game on spring gardening, no fear. There’s still time to create a beautiful, vivacious garden at home. Given the warmer weather, however, it’s important to take some precautions – which…