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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…

Hydrangea Flowers are Great in Arrangments

Hydrangea bush

A few weeks ago, we had an outdoor party to celebrate my daughter’s graduation from college.  I cut some flowers from my hydrangea bushes to decorate the tables and then brought them indoors as cut flowers. These hydrangea flowers lasted about 11 days and looked gorgeous. Hydrangea flowers last well indoors. Most of them were…

Today’s Garden Walk – June 20, 2013

Today's Garden Walk July 2013

One of my favorite ways to start my day is to go outside and see what have started flowering today.  It is always such a treat to see something that was in bud yesterday opened up into a great beauty today. I call this my garden walk. Flowers in Abundance on Today’s Garden Walk. Today’s…

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…

Today’s Vegetable Harvest June 15

vegetable harvest june 15

Today was the first do so far that I have had a nice vegetable harvest of several different veggies from my garden. My first tomato is even turning red. (from a determinate plant that is the smallest of all of my 14 different tomato plants. Today’s Vegetable Harvest 2 heads of curly lettuce (I have…

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…

Today’s Harvest Swiss Chard Beans Cucumbers Galore

close up of today's harvest

Here are a couple of photos of today’s harvest.  We got a huge rain last night and the vegetables got a great spurt of growth. One promising thing for me is that I am getting lots of cucumbers this year.  Last year was a dismal season for them, and I got hardly any.  If today’s…

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…

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…

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…

Growing Dianthus Barbatus (Sweet William) and Other Garden Pinks

How To Grow Sweet William - Dianthus Barbadus

Sweet Williams have pretty fringed flowers that grow in a cluster on top of a long stalk. Dianthus Barbatus is a lovely variety of the dianthus species. These growing tips will help you to get it going in your garden. Fragrance Carnations and pinks have a strong fragrance with a spicy scent. Sweet William, however, bears…

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…

Today’s Veggie Harvest – May 17, 2013

Today's harvest will be a salad for lunch!

One of my favorite parts of the day is roaming around my vegetable garden looking to see what is ready to harvest.  This is my first big veggie harvest of this season. First Big Veggie Harvest of the Season Here in NC, we have had an unseasonably cold spring.  Many seeds did not germinate at…

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…

Fresh Rosemary – Herb to Grow in Patio Containers

How to grow rosemary

Fresh rosemary is one of my favorite spices.  I use it all the time in Italian cooking and also in many of my chicken recipes.  It’s easy to grow and is a great one to start with for those who are new at growing herbs. The favor of this fresh herb is robust and the…

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…

Vinegar Tips – Long Lasting Cut Flowers & More

cut flowers

Vinegar has so many uses.  It is a great household cleaner and can be used in so many ways, including to help your cut flowers to last longer.  Here are some more vinegar tips. Vinegar Tips to Keep your Cut Flowers Fresh and home clean Here are some of my favorite things that vinegar can…

Growing Tulips in Warmer Climates

Growing Tulips in warmer hardiness zones can be challenging but it is possible. Find out how: thegardeningcook.com/growing-tulips

Tulips are showy flowers that are classified as perennial bulbs, but they can be somewhat tricky to grow in warmer climates.  Not impossible, but growing tulips in warm climates is a challenge for sure. Tips for Growing Tulips when the Temperatures are Warm. Tulips are considered a true bulb.  Not all flowering bulbs are actually…

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…

DIY Seed Starting Tray – Rotisserie Chicken Container

This is the time of the year for seed starting in many parts of the country.  You can purchase all sorts of them from The big box home improvement stores, but why not recycle things you have on hand?  This DIY Seed Starting Tray makes a great seed started and is a good size too.…