Garden Tours

My Vegetable Garden Make Over

See how I transformed my eyesore garden bed into a combined perennial vegetable border

I love vegetable gardening. There is nothing quite like harvesting and cooking vegetables that you have grown.  If you like to grow vegetables, be sure to ready my post about how to troubleshoot vegetable garden problems as well as some solutions. One of the problems that can happen when you start a vegetable garden is…

Natural Paths for Garden Beds

HOw to create Natural Garden Pathways that Keep the Weeds away.

Anyone who has priced hardscaping lately knows how expensive it can be, particularly if you have large areas to cover. I am redoing my whole area that I used last year for veggies.  Long story short, the squirrels were a nightmare for me and I don’t plan to go through that experience a second time. …

My Garden in May – Lots of Flowers in Bloom Now

This is just a hint of my garden in North Carolina in May. See more great photos and lots of details at thegardeningcook.com

This year has been a series of set backs in my garden.  It is almost the end of May and I’m way behind, but finally have some progress to show for all my work. Things that set me back were: My father’s death in February which resulted in two trips to Maine. A very long…

Growing Perennials and Vegetables in one Garden Space

Growing Perennials and Vegetables in the Same 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.…

The Garden Charmers Share their Favorite Facebook Pages

The Garden Charmers 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. I thought it would be fun for the Garden Charmers (a GREAT Facebook page) to each share their own favorite Gardening page on…

Raleigh Botanical Gardens Visit

Garden Tour - Raleigh Botanical Gardens

One of my favorite things to do when I have some spare time is to visit Raleigh Botanical Gardens.  I love the new perennial and annual plants that I learn about and it just de-stresses me like nothing else seems to do. Raleigh has a great Botanical Garden called JC Raulston Arboretum. The beauty of…

The Best of The Gardening Cook in 2013

Top 10 Posts for 2013 from The Gardening Cook

January is always a time of reflection for me.  I look back over the previous year – see what worked and what didn’t and make plans for the new year.  Often the plans have to do with my weight.  Alas, I always seem to have a new year’s resolution aimed at something to do with…

What’s in My Garden Tool Kit? – 8 Gardeners Share Their Tools

8 gardeners share their tools with you.

8 Gardeners Share their Favorite Tools Garden tools come in many shapes and forms. They can be old or new, vintage or right out of the box.  Whatever the tools are that gardeners use, they are usually very special to them. The right garden tools makes any job in the garden much easier, whether you’re…

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

10 charming garden seating areas to sit, to read, to dream

Relax in style in one of these Garden Seating Areas. To Sit, 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…

3 Special Seating Areas in my Garden

Three Special seating areas

A place to Sit, Hide and Relax in these Garden Areas I have several places in my garden where I love to sit and admire the garden beds, and also to relax and de-stress from my busy day.  To me, what makes a great seating area is not what it looks like when you see…

My Garden Shed Needs some TLC

Let's play dress up the garden shed.

Let’s Play Dress up The Garden Shed I see so many garden sheds that are as sweet as can be.  Some are tiny, some are huge and all seem to have character. I have one of the huge without character types. My husband and his friend built it. We store things in it and never…

13 Garden Bloggers Share Creative Container and Planter Ideas

What is better than an idea for a creative planter?  Why, 13 of them, of course!  I recently asked some of my gardening friends to share their creative planter and container ideas and they did not disappoint.  Their ideas are a cascade of fun and will add a great look to any garden setting. Many…

Gardening Signs – Fans of the Gardening Cook Share

Collection of cute Garden Signs

Gardening Signs Welcome you to a Little Patch of Heaven I love garden signs of all types.  They add a touch of whimsy to any garden setting and give you an idea of the personality of the gardener too. Just about any saying can be made into a garden sign. All you need, really, is…

Meditation Garden Settings

Meditation Garden Settings

I would love to have an area of my back yard that I can use as a place to retreat, and perhaps meditate.  The aim of a meditation garden is to provide a soothing and peaceful setting which will make it a lovely place to unwind after the stresses of daily life. May 3 is…

My Test Garden has Been Included in a Garden Hop

Garden Hop

My test garden has been included in a garden hop.  A gardening group that I belong to on Facebook has put together a group of garden tours to be featured on Facebook, Pinterest and Home Talk.  The tour will take place this weekend and is being heavily promoted on all three sites. Let’s go To…

Patios of the Day – Relax in style

Patio ideas for your outdoor space

Enjoy your outdoor space with these lovely patios There is nothing quite like enjoying your back yard setting from a lovely patio that you have customized to your own personal tastes. The sky really is the limit with patios. They can be simplistic or quite ornate.  The main things that are needed are some seating,…

Progress on my Test Garden

My Test Garden Before and After

How my Test Garden has Grown! Readers of my blog will know that my project for this year (and the next two) is my test garden.  I have a model that I am emulating from Garden Gate and will grow shade, semi shade and full sun plants in it to write articles about for my…

Fan Gardens that make a big Impact

There is nothing quite like relaxing in a garden on your own property that gives you a feeling of serenity.   Pride, relaxation and so many other feelings go along with this type of garden. These Lovely Gardens are photos that some of my readers have submitted to share their outdoor living spaces. Lovely Gardens from readers…

My Test Garden Transformation in July

Test garden progress

Earlier this year, I wrote about a test garden that I will be having in my back yard.  I am using the garden bed to grow all sorts of things. Some grow well there and some don’t like it at all, but everything gives me more knowledge of what grows well here in NC. The…

Today’s Garden Tour – Stott Garden – Goshen, Indiana

Stott Garden

A fan of my Gardening Cook Page on Facebook recently shared with me some photos she took on a recent Garden tour of Stott Garden in Goshen, Indiana. Stroll down the paths of Stott Garden with Janie Newton Teel. Janie said “the garden is a private huge garden but they give tours to the public.  …

Gardens of Kyoto Japan

Famous Gardens of Kyoto Japan

Beauty in nature – The Famous Gardens of Kyoto Japan Kyoto Japan is jam packed with stunning Japanese gardens, and it is a must visit in any Japan itinerary.  If you love beautiful gardens and large temples, this place needs to be on your travel bucket list. Source: Wallpapers images The gardens, often part of…