Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:28:19 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts <![CDATA[Planting for Scent, Touch, and Sound]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:06:21 -0500 Planting for Scent, Touch, and Sound Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
Our gardens should be a feast for all of the senses. ]]>
<![CDATA[Rethinking the Spring Vegetable Garden]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:27:45 -0500 Rethinking the Spring Vegetable Garden Posted by WesternGardener
When the vegetable garden is covered by a thick, fluffy blanket of snow, the blank slate gives gardeners a chance to think. And rethink. Here are four vegetable gardening ideas to consider for your garden this spring. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Create Vegetable Centerpieces]]> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:52:36 -0500 How to Create Vegetable Centerpieces Posted by WesternGardener
Vegetables aren’t just for eating, they make beautiful decorations, too. Here’s how to create tasty table centerpieces using fruits and vegetables in place of fresh flowers. ]]>
<![CDATA[Combining Chocolate with Herbs and Spices]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 13:17:59 -0500 Combining Chocolate with Herbs and Spices Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's Valentine's Day weekend--so it is a time to celebrate love and eat chocolate. Did you know that chocolate is good for you? The flavor of chocolate can be enhanced by herbs and spices. While you are indoors on this cold wintry weekend, whip up something with chocolate for you and the ones that you love! ]]>
<![CDATA[Powerful Plants Help Get Children in the Garden]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:37:16 -0500 Powerful Plants Help Get Children in the Garden Posted by WesternGardener
What do you get when you cross one vegetable-growing dad, with colorful animated characters and a free app? You get Powerful Plants, a new way to "edutain" kids about vegetable gardening. ]]>
<![CDATA[Pinto Beans with Savory]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:20:47 -0500 Pinto Beans with Savory Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my last blog, I spoke of Savory being Herb of the Year for 2015 and promised a warming winter recipe using it. Though a hard decision, I decided that there is nothing like a pot of beans cooked with savory (know as bohnenkraut, the bean herb in German)--so here is a simple recipe using dried pintos--and a variation on refried beans. They are wonderful in a bowl on their own or served over rice. I especially like them with cornbread accompanied by either coleslaw or wilted greens. ]]>
<![CDATA[Get Ready for Summer with Renee's Garden Cookbook]]> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 13:41:09 -0500 Get Ready for Summer with Renee's Garden Cookbook Posted by WesternGardener
The recipes and images from the new Renee’s Garden Cookbook will make any vegetable gardener want summer to get here in a hurry. The cookbook offers more than the promise of many fresh vegetable dishes, it also includes dozens of gardening tips to help make vegetable gardening dreams come true. ]]>
<![CDATA[Winter Ruminations]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:56:35 -0500 Winter Ruminations Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is the last day of January--and we are in the thick of winter weather here in zone 7 Maryland--days barely in the 30s and nights in the teens---bbbrrrhhh! Tomorrow is the first day of February which is a month of many notable dates not to mention the lengthening of days and the stirring of spring! This weekend is Imbolc on the Irish calendar and it is the celebration of midwinter. ]]>
<![CDATA[Growing Vegetables for Fun and Profit in Denver]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:15:04 -0500 Growing Vegetables for Fun and Profit in Denver Posted by WesternGardener
A new ordinance allows Denver gardeners to start a farmstand in their front yards. Urban farmers can now sell fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and even eggs in their residential neighborhoods. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fermentation: More Countertop Cultivation]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:08:44 -0500 Fermentation: More Countertop Cultivation Posted by cookinwithherbs
In the throes of winter, looking out at the snow, we gardeners dream of growing gardens. With a surplus of root vegetables this time of year, I have been further experimenting with fermentation and here are some of my recent creations and tasty results. ]]>
<![CDATA[Test Old Vegetable Seeds Before Buying New]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:24:01 -0500 Test Old Vegetable Seeds Before Buying New Posted by WesternGardener
If you want to save money on your vegetable garden this year, it pays to test your leftover vegetables seeds before investing in packets of new seeds. Use this simple germination test to find out how many new seeds you really need to buy. ]]>
<![CDATA[Garden-pedia Gives Simple Answers to Tough Gardening Questions]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:17:59 -0500 Garden-pedia Gives Simple Answers to Tough Gardening Questions Posted by WesternGardener
What happens when two experienced horticulturists write a gardening dictionary? Vegetable gardeners get a handy, easy-to-read, entertaining guide to more than 300 useful gardening terms. ]]>
<![CDATA[Countertop Grow-Your-Own]]> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 15:49:08 -0500 Countertop Grow-Your-Own Posted by cookinwithherbs
Okay so it is freezing outside--instead of getting the gardening blues--try growing a few simple healthy and nutritious foods right on your kitchen countertop... I've got sprouts sprouting and veggies fermenting! It is easy and fun to do these simple projects. ]]>
<![CDATA[Seed Library Membership Has its Benefits]]> Tue, 06 Jan 2015 16:10:23 -0500 Seed Library Membership Has its Benefits Posted by WesternGardener
I just renewed my membership with the Hudson Valley Seed Library because of this year’s Community Seed offering. As a long-time vegetable gardener and satisfied library patron, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to be part of the Breed Your Own Zucchini program. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gardener's Wish List Fulfilled!]]> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 23:53:08 -0500 Gardener's Wish List Fulfilled! Posted by cookinwithherbs
This gardener must have been very good last year because she received an abundance of presents this holiday season. Here are a few items, which most gardeners will appreciate! ]]>
<![CDATA[Keep Your Seedlings Warm With A Holiday Light Heated Low Tunnel]]> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:06:42 -0500 Keep Your Seedlings Warm With A Holiday Light Heated Low Tunnel Posted by yourownvictorygarden
Don’t put away your holiday lights away just yet! You can repurpose them to keep your seedlings warm. In this project, I 'take it outside’ and combine the lighted board with a frost cloth-covered low tunnel. The two will provide great protection from cold days and freezing nights. ]]>
<![CDATA[Vegetable Gardening Trends for 2015]]> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 15:15:19 -0500 Vegetable Gardening Trends for 2015 Posted by WesternGardener
As another vegetable gardening year comes to a close, it’s time to look forward to next season. What will these five gardening trends hold in store for 2015? ]]>
<![CDATA[Build A Moveable Straw Bale Cart]]> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 07:00:00 -0500 Build A Moveable Straw Bale Cart Posted by yourownvictorygarden
This cart allows you to have a moveable straw bale garden on a deck or patio. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Ideas for Indoor Vegetable Gardening]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:56:12 -0500 New Ideas for Indoor Vegetable Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
Vegetable gardeners typically spend the winter months dreaming about spring planting. But that could change with Elizabeth Millard’s creative new approach for cultivating an indoor kitchen garden filled with all kinds of fresh herbs and vegetables. ]]>
<![CDATA[Winter: Tis the Season]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:26:40 -0500 Winter: Tis the Season Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today, December 21, is the first day of winter; the shortest day of the year and the longest night. Although the Winter Solstice marks Midwinter, it is a day which I look forward to, since from now on the days become longer. From this day until the first of January is a time for reflection and repose, as well as celebration. ]]>