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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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12 things you Should never compost

I recently wrote an article which talked about a long list of weird things that you can compost which you might not have thought about.   Today, I am doing to discuss those things you should never compost. Vegetable gardening is greatly enhanced with adding organic matter formed by composting. If you enjoy growing vegetables, you will …

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On The Spot Composting with Brown Lunch Bags

Don’t throw away those plain brown luncheon bags, or fast good restaurant bags after use. Save them for on the spot composting! If you don’t want the chore of composting with a large compost pile, you can still compost.  Just use recycled brown lunch bags.  They work great in any flower or vegetable garden. Keep …

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DIY Compost Screen with Garden Trays

Composting allows me to add some organic matter to my garden, but the material often needs sifting. Instead of buying a compost sifter, I made my own DIY Compost Screen by using common plastic garden trays. These trays are readily available at most garden centers when you purchase a flat of seedlings.  The come with …

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Rolling Compost Pile Method of Composting

A rolling compost pile is much easier to manage that a normal pile in a compost bin. I am committed to organic gardening. My vegetable garden is treated for insects with home made remedies and I control weeds by pulling and with vinegar. I do not use chemical fertilizers, but instead add organic matter formed …

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Butternut Pumpkin by the Buckets in my Garden

Butternut pumpkin (also known as butternut squash) is one of my favorite fall vegetables. Cooking this vegetable in the oven brings out the sweetness in it.  It looks as though it will be the star of my vegetable garden this year! Butternut pumpkins can be cooked so many ways. I love to roast them, and …

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

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. My husband and I spend the summer months touring garden centers around this country. We have visited several of them in Indiana, but when someone mentioned it …

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Expandable Curtain Rods as 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. The answer is easy.  Collect …

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Fans of the Gardening Cook share their favorite planters

I recently asked The Gardening Cook Facebook fans to submit their 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. The Gardening Cook fans are an inventive group when it comes to thinking outside the box of normal pots.   …

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Growing Dianthus Barbatus (Sweet William) and Other Garden Pinks

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. Dianthus Barbatus – is a tender perennial.  It is often treated as a Biennial with leaves the first year and flowers the second before dying off. My Dianthus Barbatus …

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Brighten up your Outside Space with Tiki Planters

Tiki torch Planters add a nice bit of ambiance to your parties and have a more natural look than normal lighting does. There are lots of ideas for how to brighten up your patio space for night time entertaining.   This fun idea combines lighting and plants for a decorative effect that your party guests will …

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Wheelbarrow Planters – Reuse Re Purpose Recycle

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. Since wheelbarrows are an often used garden tool, recycling them into planters just makes sense. …

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Test Garden – Experimenting with a Variety of Plants and Flowers

I have long dreamed of having a test garden. I’ve always enjoyed experimenting with various types of plants. Some turn out well and others don’t last the season, but I enjoy it all. Since I write about how to grow plants for my blog posts, I wanted a dedicated place where I can test growing …

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Vinegar Tips – Long Lasting Cut Flowers & More

These vinegar tips will have your home and garden purring like a cat in no time at all.  Vinegar has so many uses. Since it has antibacterial and antifungal qualities, its use as a cleaner is often toute. But don’t let it stop there., From its usefulness in the garden to helping to keep your …

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The Gardening Cook Welcomes You With Gardening Tips and Healthy Recipes

Welcome! Many people think about gardening on the weekends and cooking during the week. 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 especially love to use vegetables that I grow in my own vegetable garden in …

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