Welcome to the Gardening Cook

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 to a lovely garden bed

The Gardening Cook Welcomes you

I especially love to use what I grow in my own vegetable garden. What better way to share my love of both than to combine them into one website?  As so The Gardening Cook was born.

To get started on the Gardening Cook, I thought I would introduce myself with a short story of my gardening efforts for the last 5 months.  My name is Carol and I live in Raleigh, NC.   I’ve always had a love for gardening but somewhere along the way, life got in the way, and that love got put on the back burner.

This year, after some reshuffling of my work schedule, I found that I actually had a lot of time to spare.  My daughter came home one weekend early in March, and suggested we work on one small side garden bed which used to be a nice flower bed, but was now overrun with weeds and was a mess.

Off to the garden center we went and spent the next three days tilling, and amending the soil and planting bulbs and perennials.

Little did she know that she had awakened a sleeping dragon.  Within a month, I had hand dug (with a shovel) a huge front island bed in the front that almost did me in. 44 hours of solid digging is a LOT of digging.Front garden bed

But I was just getting started.  Next, I added another bed about half the size to “even up the look” of the lawn.  Then a shade garden all along the front and side of out house.

Thinking ahead, I decided to make a lasagne garden for next year, not realizing that it would actually be workable in a few months.  (It’s now another shade garden.)

Not tired enough yet, I laid more cardboard over the sod in the back yard in an 800 sq ft area.  (“Definitely for next year”, I told my husband, as he rolled his eyes at me with a knowing look).  It became workable in about 8 weeks.   It is now a lush veggie garden and is starting to produce very well.veggie-garden

Finally, I started working on my project for the rest of the back yard…What will be a perennial and bulb garden for next year, with a flagstone path down the center, that will take up 1/2 of the back yard of a 1/2 acre lot.  (It would be done now if the 100 degree heat here in Raleigh hadn’t stopped me in July.)

Awakened a sleeping dragon?  My husband now lovingly calls me the “banshee gardener” to all his friends.  He just keeps shaking his head when I talk about “next year’s project”, knowing it will probably be a garden of earthly delights in a couple of months.Front Garden Bed with coleus, sunflowers and annualsI thought it would be fun to share my gardening exploits with anyone out there who might have as much of a love for gardening as I do.  Hopefully, we can exchange some ideas to make our projects fun and we might learn something from each other.

The photos above  show you the first island bed – the bed that took me 44 hours to till by hand.  I made the classic gardening mistake of planting things a bit too close together and it’s quite crowded now, but never fear….that just gives me lots of plants for next year’s project.

I hope that you will enjoy what the Gardening Cook will have to write about in the weeks and months to come.  I welcome any and all comments in the comment section below.  Are you a Gardening Cook? Or do you stick to just one or the other?

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  2 comments for “Welcome to the Gardening Cook

  1. 01/05/2013 at 1:58 pm

    Carol, I enjoyed reading about your “banshee gardening”, LOL! Look forward to sharing recipes with you, too.

    • Anonymous
      01/06/2013 at 6:16 pm

      My husband loves to describe me that way. When I get a project, there is no stopping me!

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