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Control Squash Bugs 10 ways – How to Kill Squash Bugs

Squash bug

Trying to control squash bugs can seem an insurmountable task when you find them in your vegetable garden. These bugs can do a huge amount of damage, particularly to young plants. These 10 easy tips will keep your garden pest-free. Take charge and find out how to kill squash bugs for good. Last summer I…

Natural Squirrel Repellent Ideas – Keep Squirrels out of The Yard!

Red Squirrel feeding

Dealing with squirrels has been an ongoing problem for me in one way or another for several years.  Do you have a problem with squirrels?  If so, these natural squirrel repellent ideas may prove useful to you. If you read my blog often, you may remember reading about the squirrels in my vegetable garden a few…

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens – Nature and Wildlife in LA

Baja birdhouse at the La Zoo

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens has something special in store for both animal lovers and those interested in botanical gardens. This 135 acre zoo and botanical garden was founded in 1966 and is home to more than 1,400 birds, amphibians, mammals and reptiles.  Comfortable shoes are a must, since there is a lot…

Albuquerque Aquarium – Things to do in Albuquerque – ABQ BioPark

Looking for things to do in Albuquerque, New Mexico?  A day out at the Albuquerque Aquarium is sure to delight. It is part of the ABQ BioPark system. The Albuquerque Aquarium  exhibits saltwater species from a variety of habitats in the Gulf of Mexico and South Pacific.  One of the nice aspects of the entry…

Attracting Birds in Winter – Bird Feeding Tips for the Cold Months

Feeding Tips for Birds

How does a gardener go about attracting birds in winter?  These bird feeding tips will make sure that your yard is a welcoming place for our feathered friends all year long. Many gardeners try to plant shrubs and flowers that attract birds during the spring and summer. But what about the winter months?  It is…

How to Clean A Cement Bird Bath in Just Minutes

Clean cement bird bath

After a long summer of use, a bird bath can be getting pretty grimy this time of the year. It is easy to clean a cement bird bath to make it a safe and fun place for birds to enjoy. All you need are a few common supplies and minutes of your time. I admit…

Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve

Touring a botanical garden with children in tow can be a challenge. But this is not so with Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve. This delightful garden center seems tailor made for kids and is the perfect way to introduce them to flowers and nature! My husband and I enjoy touring Botanical Gardens, especially…

Cleveland Zoo Visit

Cleveland Zoo

Our summer vacation this year was a mainly tour of Historic Homes and Botanical Gardens in 7 Eastern and Midwest States. But while we were in Ohio, we stopped into the Cleveland Zoo and spent a few hours admiring the animals. This big zoo houses 3,000 animals of over 600 species on abut 180 acres…

How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Hummingbird feeding

There is nothing quite like the sight of hummingbirds around a feeder, fluttering their wings the way only hummingbirds seem to do. For me, it is sort of a sign that summer is really in full steam.  If you want to attract hummingbirds to your garden, there are a few things that you should keep in mind…

Nectar plants for Swallowtail Butterflies

swallowtail butterfly on lantana

Nothing makes me smile more than going out into my garden and seeing Swallowtail butterflies fluttering around.  Did you know that planting certain plants will make sure that you have these pretty visitors to your yard? These swallowtail nectar plants are great at attracting butterflies to your garden. They just can’t resist them! Swallowtail butterflies are…

50+ Tried and Tested Uses for Vinegar

vinegar uses

Vinegar is a versatile and effective household product that is more useful than just for making salad dressing. There are dozens of vinegar uses in the home. From soaking your sponges to keeping your counters free of ants, this product is a must have. I recently had to deal with ants in my kitchen and tested some…

Declining Bee Population – How Important are They?

Bees are so important in our gardens. Find out why and how to attract them at https://thegardeningcook.com/the-importance-of-bees-in-nature/

With all the talk of GMOs, pesticides and large scale farming, one has to ask the question “How important are bees to our Food Supply and to nature in general?”  I, for one, and many of my gardening friends have noted the declining bee population.  And those that do visit our yards are the bumble bees, rather…

Tips for Dealing with Invasive Pests

Do your share to help fight invasive pests

Critters in the garden range from beneficial to invasive.  Some actually are listed by the US Department of Agriculture as invasive pests that need to be controlled.  See my tips for dealing with these unwanted bugs. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture – Animal…

Mosquito Repelling Plants – Keep Those Bugs Away!

Mosquito on a leaf

With summer comes lots of outdoor living.  Sadly, that can mean lots of mosquitoes. I don’t like to use chemical products but, thankfully, Mother Nature has the perfect answer – Mosquito Repelling Plants! We can grow annuals, perennials and herbs that will keep the bugs away naturally. With all the hype about West Nile Virus,…

How to Keep Ants Out of the House

It is ant season again! As soon as the weather starts to heat up, and particularly after a warm rainy day, ants decide that indoors is a good place to be. Sure, you can kill ants with various home remedies, but are there are lots of other things that you can do to keep ants…

Natural Ant Killer Remedies

Effective, Natural Ant Killer Remedies

I am so looking forward to the return of warm weather. With the sunny days come flowers, gardening and time spent outdoors.  Unfortunately, with the warm weather also come ants! These natural ant killer remedies will help to control the ants in your home in a non toxic way. It is fun for kids to…

Winter Garden Views in January

These winter garden views, from the USA, Canada and the UK show that there are some stark differences and lots of similarities when you look outside your window in winter. These photos are shared by readers of my blog. Why not share your photo too?

The weather outside does not lend itself to gardening right now. We recently had a snow storm that dumped about three inches here in North Carolina.  Looking over my snow soaked garden gave me the idea to have a share day on my Facebook page. I asked my Facebook fans to share their Winter Garden Views and…

Early Spring Garden Projects

18 tips for early spring gardening

I know that in most parts of the country, the ground is still covered with snow, but as any good gardener will tell you, “it’s never to early to start thinking about spring gardening!”  There are lots of things that you can do to get ready.  These early spring garden projects will get a jump…

Window Bird Feeder – Easy to use

Window Bird Feeder

Enjoy Wildlife with an Acrylic Window Bird Feeder One of the things I often do as part of writing for my blog is to review products from various sponsors of mine.  I especially love it when I am offered the chance to review a product that really fits into the gardening aspect of my blog. …

The Importance of Bird Houses – Bird House Benefits

the benefits of having a bird house are many.

The birds that visit your backyard are a part of the whole ecosystem. The Importance of bird houses can’t be understated if you want to attract birds to your yard. Having a home for your feathered friends adds some interest to your yard and makes sure the birds will keep visiting.  There are also many…

My Garden In June

My Garden in June is a fabulous display of perennials, annuals, bulbs and vegetables. See all the photos at thegardeningcook.com/garden-june

It’s been a long spring with a ton of work put into my gardens.  So many of them were overgrown, and neglected last year when I spent most of my energy on my vegetable garden. Months of tilling, planting and transplanting have gone into my garden beds this year.  I enlarged my test garden by…

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. Facebook is one of the most popular of the social media channels. I thought it would be fun for the Garden Charmers (a…