Copyright (c) 2017 en-us Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:48:09 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts <![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... ]]>
<![CDATA[Add Your Garden Reflections]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:05:55 -0500 Add Your Garden Reflections Posted by WesternGardener
As the 2016 gardening year draws to a close, let’s spend some time reflecting on the state of our vegetable gardening efforts. Here are three questions to help you get started. ]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Gift Ideas For Veggie Gardeners 2016]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:00:00 -0500 Holiday Gift Ideas For Veggie Gardeners 2016 Posted by yourownvictorygarden
Here are some great holiday gift ideas for the veggie gardener on your list. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cucurbitas: Winter Squash and Pumpkins]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:36:50 -0500 Cucurbitas: Winter Squash and Pumpkins Posted by cookinwithherbs
One of the best things about fall and winter seasons is that we get to eat seasonal foods--root vegetables, winter squash and pumpkins, brassicas, cool-weather greens, apples, pears, pomegranates, persimmons, all sorts of nuts and more. Most of these foods store well, so we are able to enjoy them during the cold weather. I especially like winter squash and pumpkin; their bright orange and yellow flesh brightens our meals and nourishes us. Here are a few that I have grown, or are easy to get at your farmers' markets, local farm stands, organic markets and even the grocery store. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Be a Happy Gardener]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:54:31 -0500 How to Be a Happy Gardener Posted by WesternGardener
Late Bloomer, by Jan Coppola Bills, arrives just in time to encourage gardeners to ignore their sore backs and bad knees so they can keep gardening. Her helpful gardening book is a hybrid that mixes practical how-to tips with a lifetime of garden philosophy. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sweet Potatoes and Apples]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:45:04 -0500 Sweet Potatoes and Apples Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year that we want to eat warming comfort foods. I try to use vegetables, fruits and nuts that are in season. This recipe features two of my favorites--sweet potatoes and apples--in a simple yet scrumptious dish. It is easily prepared in a crockpot, although it can be made in a dutch oven or covered casserole in the oven. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tips for Keeping a Waste Free Kitchen]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:29:06 -0500 Tips for Keeping a Waste Free Kitchen Posted by WesternGardener
This holiday season is the ideal time to rethink your approach to cooking and eating. It’s easy to get started with "Waste Free Kitchen Handbook" by Dana Gunders. ]]>
<![CDATA[Mauro Seed’s Growing Mission]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 07:00:00 -0500 Mauro Seed’s Growing Mission Posted by WesternGardener
Mauro Seed is a family-owned business with a single mission at its core: Giving. For every heirloom seed packet the company sells, one packet is donated to someone in need. In recognition of Mauro Seed’s commitment to helping others, the Tennessean and USA Today Network recently presented Dave Mauro with a 2016 Your Town Nashville Award for businesses that do good work in the community. ]]>
<![CDATA[Have you planted your garlic yet?]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:56:33 -0500 Have you planted your garlic yet? Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year again... as the leaves begin to fall, it is time to think about getting your garlic bed ready to plant. It is so worthwhile to grow your own because there is such a vast array of types to choose from, which you just cannot get at the grocery store. I personally prefer hardnecks over softnecks, although I always grow some of each for their flavor and for storage. ]]>