Shallots vs Onions – What is the Difference? and How to Use Them

onions, garlic and shallots

There are many onion varieties so it’s easy to get confused about them. A common question that I get asked is “are shallots and onions the same?” This guide to shallots vs onions will answer not only this question but will also show how shallots are different from other onion types. This post may contain affiliate links.…

Sage Plant Care – Tips for Growing Garden Sage

Sage plant

Garden Sage is a culinary herb that is often used around the holidays to flavor your stuffing, but I use it all year round as a flavor component of chicken dishes.  These tips for sage plant care will help you get the most out of your plant. Sage is not just for Thanksgiving.  This fragrant…

Osiria Rose Care – How to Take Care of Osiria Rose Bushes

Osiria roses are heavily photo shopped on the internet. This rose is a photo from one of my readers and shows the actual color. See my tips for Osiria Rose care. the gardeningcook.com

Find out why you might have trouble with this pretty rose that took the internet by storm a few years ago with these Osiria Rose care tips. The two toned color of the rose is highly desirable, but the rose is finicky at best. Photos of this hybrid tea rose with a lovely white center…

Vegetable Steaming Times – 4 Ways to Steam Veggies

steamed vegetables in a pot

A steamer basket is a great way to cook a single vegetable or several of them at once by cooking them over boiling water. But to do this correctly, you need to have a good idea of vegetable steaming times. One of the joys of summer is cooking fresh vegetables from my vegetable garden.  The…

Bear’s Paw Succulent – Cotyledon Tomentosa

Bear's Paw Succulent

Cotyledon tomentosa is tender succulent that is a lot of fun to grow. It is easy to see where the common name of bear’s paw succulent came from. Those chubby leaves look just like tiny bear’s paws! Each of the leaves are soft and fuzzy with a puffy look and have tiny “teeth” at the edges.…

Hosta Kiyosumiensis – The Mountain Hosta from Japan

Dappled green hosta plant called Hosta Kiyosumiensis

Hosta Kiyosumiensis is a dappled leaf hosta also known as the Mountain Hosta. It is native to Japan. About Hosta Kiyosumiensis The name of this hosta comes from our version of the name of Mount Kiyosumi-yama, a small mountain in Japan with views of Tokyo Bay. The plant grows on this Mountain. In the northern…

Transplanting Forsythia – Tips for Moving Forsythia Bushes or Shrubs

Transplanting forsythia is a good idea if the perennial has overgrown the original planting area.  This task needs some care. These tips for moving forsythia bushes will help with the project. Forsythia shrubs are hardy bushes that are easy to grow and a real show stopper in early spring when their yellow flowers tell us…

Growing Aeonium Haworthii – Kiwi Verde Succulent

Aeonium Haworthii 'Kiwi Verde'

Aeonium haworthii – Kiwi Verde is a showy succulent that has spoon shaped leaves with showy tips and color. It has a rosette shape that is very delicate and popular. This pretty succulent is also known by several names – Kiwi Verde, or simply Aeonium Kiwi.  Succulents like aeonium are drought smart plants that are super easy to grow…

Build an Easter Basket with Clues – Teenage Easter Activity

Easter Egg Hunt with Clues

A fun thing to do at Easter is to have your child build an Easter Basket with Clues. This project is great for an older child to give them a more challenging hunt than a normal Easter Egg Hunt. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS Incorporated. All opinions…

Tips for Buying Succulents – Where to Find Succulents for Sale

Tips for buying succulents

Confused about what to look for when buying succulents? This guide will walk you through the process and give tips on what to look for and what to avoid. This post may contain affiliate links. I earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you if you purchase through an affiliate link. Succulents are…

Growing Pansies – How to Grow and Care For Pansy Flowers

How to grow pansy flowers

Winter is coming to an end for many of us and the first signs of spring are everywhere. Growing pansies is a good way to bridge the change of seasons with one plant.  They love the cool weather and are readily available at garden centers right now. The botanical name for the garden pansy plant…

Shoe Planters – Recycled Footwear makes a Great Garden Planter

Wooden shoe planters

Some of the most interesting planters and those that recycle items used for other purposes.  These unique boot and shoe planters make great use of old shoes and boots. Some have seen their better day and some look like new but all showcase indoor plants in new and unusual ways. Do you have some old shoes…

Onion Varieties – Types of Onions and How to Use Them

There are dozens of onion varieties and as many uses for the different types of onions.  How many types of onions are you familiar with? Most of us are familiar with the common yellow onion that is so prevalent in grocery stores.  You may also have eaten red onions or white onions, but there are…