Copyright (c) 2017 en-us Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:21:00 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts <![CDATA[California Farmers' Markets]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:17:33 -0500 California Farmers' Markets Posted by cookinwithherbs
In Maryland, my local farmers' markets close up for the winter season. In warmer climes like California and the southern states, markets go on year round. For we gardeners who are awaiting the growing season with baited breath--here are some mouthwatering shots of produce taken at the Santa Cruz farmers' market. ]]>
<![CDATA[Soil Blocks Simplify Seed Starting]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:01:08 -0500 Soil Blocks Simplify Seed Starting Posted by WesternGardener
If you’ve given up on seed starting, you might try using soil blocks this season. This seed-starting method can help improve your chances for vegetable gardening success. ]]>
<![CDATA[Coastal California]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:27:26 -0500 Coastal California Posted by cookinwithherbs
On my recent visit to California, I hiked in the majestic redwood forest, walked on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean, and visited gardens from the San Francisco Botanic Garden to the arboretum at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Come take a little trip with me... ]]>
<![CDATA[Hudson Valley Starts Center for Seed Stewardship]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:20:00 -0500 Hudson Valley Starts Center for Seed Stewardship Posted by WesternGardener
After 12 years as Hudson Valley Seed Library, the company has a new name, new logo and a new nonprofit dedicated to protecting our seed resources. ]]>
<![CDATA[Homemade Kombucha Know-how]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:43:13 -0500 Homemade Kombucha Know-how Posted by WesternGardener
Whether you’ve been enjoying kombucha for years or you’re new to the idea of drinking fermented sweet tea, The Big Book of Kombucha is your complete guide to the art of brewing and enjoying this healthful beverage. ]]>
<![CDATA[ Favorite Gardening Tool: Hori Hori Update]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 01:02:11 -0500  Favorite Gardening Tool: Hori Hori Update Posted by cookinwithherbs
I've had my hori hori (Japanese weeding knife) for more than 25 years. It is the tool that I use most often in the garden other than my Felcos. I have bought many of these useful tools for gifts. This past summer I went online to order one for a gift and found a new and improved model... read all about it... ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Avoid 10 Common Vegetable Gardening Mistakes]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:18:54 -0500 How to Avoid 10 Common Vegetable Gardening Mistakes Posted by WesternGardener
When it comes to gardening, experience is the best teacher. But what if you prefer to avoid the trial-and-error method of vegetable gardening? Help is on the way. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cilantro & Citrus--Great Salad Combo!]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:58:41 -0500 Cilantro & Citrus--Great Salad Combo! Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is January and here in my zone 7 garden, my fall-sown coriander seed is still producing cilantro leaves. While they are not huge and hearty as they are in spring and fall--I am still gathering fresh leaves to brighten winter salads. Here is one of my favorite salad recipes. ]]>
<![CDATA[All Hail Kale for 2017]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:35:00 -0500 All Hail Kale for 2017 Posted by WesternGardener
The National Garden Bureau has spoken and named 2017 the Year of the Brassica. Now’s the time to start planning how to celebrate all the delicious nutritious cole crops in your vegetable garden this spring. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:19:46 -0500 Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017 Posted by cookinwithherbs
This year we celebrate Cilantro & Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) as Herb of the Year 2017. The leaf of the coriander plant is known as cilantro throughout much of the western world. It is often called coriander leaf and Chinese parsley in other parts of the globe. The seed is known as coriander and has been used as a spice--from as far back as the ancient Egyptians and was mentioned in the Bible. It's time to order your seed to have it in time for early spring planting! ]]>
<![CDATA[Share the Gardening Love]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:52:53 -0500 Share the Gardening Love Posted by WesternGardener
Now’s the time to help kids get connected, just not to the latest technology. Pull the plug and take the American Horticultural Society’s pledge to find ways to share your love of gardening with the children in your life. ]]>
<![CDATA[Seed Catalogs for 2017]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:52:18 -0500 Seed Catalogs for 2017 Posted by cookinwithherbs
My first seed catalog for 2017 arrived before Christmas. I enjoy sitting by the woodstove with the catalogs and perusing the photos and descriptions of mouthwatering herbs, vegetables and fruits, dreaming of this year's garden-to-be. Admittedly, I have been receiving fewer catalogs every year since I tend not to order from many of them--and I am sure seed companies need to save the expense of printing and shipping color catalogs to folks who don't place orders. Here are a few that I will be ordering from soon--as well as a few that I order from online. ]]>
<![CDATA[Resolve to Enjoy Fermented Vegetables in the New Year]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:50:35 -0500 Resolve to Enjoy Fermented Vegetables in the New Year Posted by WesternGardener
One of the newest healthy food trends this year is also one of the oldest. Fermented foods, like sauerkraut, are good for you, and they’re also just plain good. Here's all you need to get started. ]]>
<![CDATA[Herbal Products for 2017]]> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 15:47:49 -0500 Herbal Products for 2017 Posted by cookinwithherbs
I had planned on doing a blog about favorite herbal products for holiday gifts, however this is an even better time to post some of these amazing creations--for the new year--and to help get us through the cold and dark days ahead. I want to extol the virtues of some herbal businesses that I know and use on a regular basis from growers, purveyors, bloggers and creators of delicious and delightful herbal products. ]]>
<![CDATA[What Vegetable Gardeners Need to Know About GMO Seeds]]> Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:26:45 -0500 What Vegetable Gardeners Need to Know About GMO Seeds Posted by WesternGardener
Here's what vegetable gardeners need to know about GMOs (genetically modified organisms) before going seed shopping this season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Display at the United States Botanic Garden]]> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 02:53:00 -0500 Holiday Display at the United States Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Every year, I try to visit the USBG for each season, however the winter holiday display is one of the best--and this year it celebrates National Parks and Historic Places. The plant-based sculptures are absolutely incredible--a must see if you live in the area--or take a little tour right here. ]]>
<![CDATA[Yuletide Plants from the Global Garden]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:30:25 -0500 Yuletide Plants from the Global Garden Posted by WesternGardener
The plants we like to grow in our gardens hold special symbolism at Christmas time. Many of our favorite fruits, berries and nuts are much more than sweet treats we enjoy in December. ]]>
<![CDATA[Crystallofolia: Frost Flowers]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 23:57:24 -0500 Crystallofolia: Frost Flowers Posted by cookinwithherbs
Though cold, visiting here in the Ozarks in the cold winter has its perks. Besides the cold fresh air and sunshine, the beauty of the mountain landscape is always breathtaking, however this time of year, Ozarkians are celebrating the natural phenomena of frost flowers. ]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Gifts from Gardeners]]> Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:04:24 -0500 Holiday Gifts from Gardeners Posted by WesternGardener
Lists for holiday gifts for gardeners are just about everywhere you look this month. But here’s a list with a twist: ideas for gifts from vegetable gardeners, like you. ]]>
<![CDATA[Three Books to Give as Presents for Gardeners and Herbalists]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:07:55 -0500 Three Books to Give as Presents for Gardeners and Herbalists Posted by cookinwithherbs
Well it is December already and the holidays are fast approaching. Here are a few ideas for books that you might not have come across or thought about that just about any herbie/gardener would appreciate... ]]>