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How to Grow Your Own Pineapples from The Leafy Top

Did you know that growing pineapples from a discarded top is quite easy to do? I love pineapples.  They are so sweet and the fruit makes great salsas and is perfect in cocktails and drinks.  It’s wonderful grilled with a barbecue too.  And one of the beauties of this project is that, if you don’t …

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Container Vegetable Gardening for Small Spaces

Container Vegetable Gardens are a great way to garden when your yard is small. Vegetable gardening is such a satisfying experience. There is nothing quite like biting into a tomato that was just picked from your garden. The flavor is nothing like that of the ones bought from a store, even the vine ripened ones. …

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Elizabethan Garden Statues – Manteo – Roanoke Island

My husband and I recently attended a wedding on the coast of North Carolina.  While we were there, we took the time to visit the Elizabethan Gardens at Manteo on Roanoke Island. Seeing statues that depict characters from real life is so inspiring. For another post on this type of experience, be sure to check …

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How To Make An Easy DIY Bean Teepee

This year, I changed my vegetable garden into a combined perennial/vegetable border.  It’s a long story but basically, the squirrels got the better of my veggies last year and I swore never again. Since I will have flowers and vegetables growing in one space, I wanted some decorative and functional items in it.  This DIY …

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Fiddlehead Ferns – Culinary Delight from the Ostrich Fern

I was born in Maine, and one of my fondest memories is the collection of fiddlehead ferns each spring.  Even though I have moved away, each year my family boxes up a whole bushel of them and sends them to me by priority mail here in NC.  It’s always a special day when that box …

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Growing Perennials and Vegetables in one Garden Space

Squirrels in my garden last year made vegetable gardening a nightmare for me. This year, I decided to try combining perennials and vegetables in one garden bed to see how it worked out. I have long been interested in growing perennials.  Adding some vegetables into the mix gave my garden beds an interesting new look. …

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The Garden Charmers Share their Favorite Facebook Pages

Facebook has so many great pages devoted to gardening, but the way the site now shows the content of pages, it is sometimes hard for them to get seen on news feeds. Facebook is one of the most popular of the social media channels. I thought it would be fun for the Garden Charmers (a …

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Spring Fever in my Garden Starts in Winter

Oh the weather outside is frightful, or so the saying goes.  Here in Raleigh, we are not known for much cold weather in the winter, but this year has been different in that regard. We have had a couple of days of snow and several weeks of unseasonably cold weather, with temps getting down to …

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Aloe Vera Plants have Countless Medical Benefits

I have gone through periods in my life when I don’t have many indoor plants or container plants outside.  But there is one plant that I have always seemed to have on hand, and that is an aloe vera. This plant has countless medical benefits, and is thought, by those who believe in feng shui, …

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Coffee Grounds for Hydrangeas, Roses and Camellias – A Natural Fertilizer

Using left over coffee grounds for roses and other plants that like a boost in nitrogen is a natural way to add fertilizer to your garden plants without the use of harsh chemicals. Don’t throw out those used coffee grounds.  There are lots of ways to put them use in your garden.  And more to the …

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Creative Succulent Planters

 Creative succulent planters can be made out of many household items. Instead of a normal terra cotta pot, let’s think outside the box! Succulents are such neat little plants. They can withstand a great deal of neglect and still keep on growing.  They have great flowers (if you have the right conditions and are lucky …

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Garden Seating Areas – Favorite Places to Sit, Hide and Dream

Garden seating areas are a place to site, to hide or to dream. Which of these ideas come to mind when you think about your garden seating areas? A garden sitting area can mean something very different, depending on the person you ask and their perspective. It can be as simple as two chairs on …

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Japanese Silver Grass – Graceful Perennial with Winter Appeal

Japanese Silver Grass – Miscanthus sinensis – is a perennial plant that has variegated green and white striped leaves and huge plumes in the fall that stall well above the top of the plant. The plant can be used to hide neighboring views and completely cover a chain link fence. It also has lots of winter …

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Gardening Cooking Humor – Collection of Jokes and Funnies

Every now and then, it is fun to just let your hair down and enjoy a bit of gardening and cooking humor. These graphics and jokes are a way for us to lighten your day. Life should not always be too serious. The Gardening Cook agrees. So we have made a collection of some of …

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Turning a Compost Pile – Easily and Cheaply

Turning a compost pile can be time consuming and a bit difficult to do.  The material can get very heavy and cumbersome to move around which is needed in order to change the organic matter into hummus. All vegetable gardeners know that composting is a great way to get organic fertilizer for your garden beds.  …

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