Green Beans Yellow Beans – Lots and Lots of Beans

beans

I’m getting lots of string beans from my garden right now.  I’ve also discovered why are more expensive than the green beans.   Green bean plants are bigger and much more prolific! Green Beans Galore! I planted my yellow beans in mid June and my green ones in late August.  The green bean plants are about…

Sunflowers Say Goodbye to My Daughter Jess

sunflowers

My daughter Jess loves sunflowers.  This year, when I started my garden island beds, I made sure to plant them in all the beds.  They have taken off and are blooming beautifully now.  They attract bees like nothing else I have planted.  Next year, I am going to plant sunflowers around the edges of my…

Melon Plants Do Not Like to Be Moved

cantaloupe

Early this year when I first decided to plant some vegetables, I had only a 15 foot long and 3 foot wide garden bed that got afternoon sun.  That has since been rectified, since my back yard south facing lasagne garden was ready to plant a few weeks after I assembled it. But that is…

Watermelons Love Sunlight to Grow Successfully

Watermelons

The title of this post seems obvious doesn’t it?  All vegetables love sunlight – 6 to 8 hours a day is what we all strive for. Watermelons love sunlight and will grow best with this much sunlight and more. Watermelons Love Sunlight Like Most Other Vegetables But looking at my watermelon patch again today has…

My Mystery Plant – Do you Know what it is?

mystery plant

Every once in a while I find something growing in my garden that I call a Mystery Plant. Right now I have a plant which has shown up in my garden in three different places. I have no idea what it is and I don’t remember planting anything like it. Name that mystery plant!  Who…

My Love Hate Relationship with My Watermelons

My Love Hate Relationship with my watermelons.

I love watermelons.  They are sweet, juicy, messy to eat, and remind me of summer like nothing else does.   But growing my watermelons in a vegetable garden has proven to be a challenge for me. My Watermelons are Giving me the Fits! My watermelons were planted as seedlings in June and by the time I…

Compost Pile Planting with Butternut Pumpkin

This is the first year I have ever tried composting.  My intent was to have nicely finished compost bins with a three compartment design which I could use to gradually transfer the compost as it cooked.  This blog post talks an experiment I made with compost pile planting. I’ve dabbled at composting in the past…

The Gardening Cook has two Facebook Pages now

The Gardening Cook at Facebook

Social media is a large part of marketing for most websites now.  Pinterest, Google Plus, Twitter and Instagram are all a good way to spread the word about new content on websites and blogs. I have just two new Facebook pages devoted to my gardening and cooking endeavors.  The pages will have photos as I take them,…

No Vegetables? – Oh no!!

no vegetables

One of my favorite things to do is to go out into my vegetable garden first thing in the morning to see what surprises await me.  Usually, I come back in with a basket of goodies for the evening meal.   Imagine my surprise today when there were no vegetables in sight. I’ve been succession planting…

DIY Hose Guides – Easy Gardening Project

Make your own hose guides with rebar and plastic golf balls. thegardeingcook.com

Do you have something special that you use for hose guides?  I do now, thanks to a project that wasn’t supposed to happen for a while.  With just a few easy to find supplies and a bit of time, these DIY hose guides were made! DIY Hose Guides for Pennies One of my “next year’s”…

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 I especially love to…