Gardens

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…

Vertical Gardens – Great Choice for Small Yards

Vertical gardening ideas

I speak to people all the time who admire my large yard and gardens but say “I don’t have the room to do this.”  While a large yard gives you lots of space to garden, those with small yards can still grow both flowers and vegetables by using Vertical gardens. Growing up instead of out…

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.…

Growing Sweet Potatoes in a Decorative Cup

sweet potato

Sweet potatoes are a very healthy vegetable.  They are also very easy to grow, from both seedling or from seeds. But growing sweet potatoes can also be done by using the potato itself. Decorative cups make great holders for Growing Sweet Potatoes This technique uses a plan similar to that of growing an avocado. You…

Seed Tape – DIY with Toilet Paper

DIY Seed Tape made from Toilet paper

Seed Tape is easy to make with common toilet paper. Why waste money on store bought seed takes when you can make your own with this commonly found item? Seed tape makes it easy to get tiny seeds planted in a vegetable garden. Often these seeds are so small that you end up wasting them by…

Words and Numbers in the Garden – Easy DIY Projects

Words and Numbets used in Gardens

Words and Numbers can do so many things.  They can set a mood, or showcase a location. They can tell a time or label something so it is noted. Words and numbers can also dress up your home and garden in many ways as garden decorations. Garden Decorations – DIY Garden Words and Numbers These…

DIY Greenhouses – Recyle Old Material for Plants

DIY greenhouse ideas

There are all sorts of ways that you can recycle old household materials to make DIY Greenhouses.  Extend your growing season with one of these creative ideas. I’ve been trying to get my husband to build me a greenhouse in our back yard for years, but it seems that this is one project that just…

Welcome to the Gardening Cook

Cottage garden bed with birdbath

Welcome!    Many people talk about gardening on the weekends and cooking during the week.  But for me, gardening and cooking are both week LONG projects.  I could dig in the dirt all day long every day if I had the opportunity.  I am the Gardening Cook. The Gardening Cook Welcomes you I especially love to…