Copyright (c) 2016 en-us Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Mon, 30 May 2016 00:54:12 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts <![CDATA[Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 13:54:23 -0500 Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) Posted by cookinwithherbs
I've written about Monarda in past posts, when it was in bloom in my garden. However, you needn't wait until it is in bloom--right now it is about two feet tall and the leaves are not only gorgeous--they are delicious! Read on to see how to use beebalm for both food and drink. ]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Tara Nolan, Raised Bed Revolutionary]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 16:25:07 -0500 Meet Tara Nolan, Raised Bed Revolutionary Posted by WesternGardener
Tara Nolan knows how to raise the profile of a traditional vegetable garden into something special. Her new book leads the charge for gardeners wanting to join the "Raised Bed Revolution." ]]>
<![CDATA[Finding Delight in a Cold and Soggy Spring]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 14:15:28 -0500 Finding Delight in a Cold and Soggy Spring Posted by cookinwithherbs
Usually in Maryland as Memorial Day approaches, I have pretty much put in tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and basil, temps are in the 70s and 80s and I'm wearing summer clothes. Not so this spring! It has been rainy and downright cold--my peppers and tomatoes are out there in a pout--and I'm wearing long sleeves, hoodie, socks and boots! What is spring like in your garden? ]]>
<![CDATA[New Recipe Ideas for Garden Vegetables]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 13:08:50 -0500 New Recipe Ideas for Garden Vegetables Posted by WesternGardener
At a recent vegetable gardening event, guests sampled a variety of recipes meant to stretch a gardener’s creativity and a food lover’s palate. Here are new ways to enjoy some of your favorite garden vegetables, with a twist. ]]>
<![CDATA[Vegetable Garden Planner for Confusing Climates]]> Mon, 09 May 2016 11:22:50 -0500 Vegetable Garden Planner for Confusing Climates Posted by WesternGardener
Have you ever wondered when to start your vegetable seeds indoors? Puzzled over when to plant the spring or fall vegetable garden? Then Clyde’s Garden Planner is the tool for you. ]]>
<![CDATA[Botanizing in the Ozarks]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 14:17:08 -0500 Botanizing in the Ozarks Posted by cookinwithherbs
I'm here again in the Ozarks--one of my favorite places for herborizing. This weekend there will be a Wild Weeds hike and Medicinal Herb Seminar at the Ozark Folk Center for those of you who want to learn more about our wild plants and their virtues. ]]>
<![CDATA[Take a Tour of Baker Creek's Spring Planting Festival ]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 16:05:30 -0500 Take a Tour of Baker Creek's Spring Planting Festival Posted by WesternGardener
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds celebrated its 16th annual Spring Planting Festival in style. Thousands of vegetable gardeners spent May 1 and 2 shopping for heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs to signal the start of the 2016 vegetable gardening season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Stinging Nettles]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:59:42 -0500 Stinging Nettles Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last weekend, while botanizing along the White River in the Ozarks, we found many plants along the trail and came upon a large stand of healthy nettles. So armed with gloves, knives and pruners, we harvested a large amount of nettles which we brought home to cook down for a lovely mess a’ greens and we used the trimmings to make a nettle tincture. ]]>
<![CDATA[Green Garlic]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:39:00 -0500 Green Garlic Posted by cookinwithherbs
Green Garlic is a gourmet delight. You can't really have it unless you grow it--or live near a garlic farmer who thins it in the spring or brings it to farmers' market. These delightful early garlics are delicious and easy to prepare and are well worth growing or seeking out. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Choose Tomatoes for your Garden]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:33:42 -0500 How to Choose Tomatoes for your Garden Posted by WesternGardener
It’s safe to say there are more kinds of tomatoes to plant this year than ever before. With so many old heirlooms, new cultivars and special hybrids on the market these days, how can a vegetable gardener decide what to plant? ]]>
<![CDATA[Cabbage en Escabeche]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:09:58 -0500 Cabbage en Escabeche Posted by cookinwithherbs
I've been traveling around the country giving lectures on Capsicum, Herb of the Year 2016. When I do cooking demos, I often prepare one of my favorite and most delicious recipes: Cabbage en Escabeche. I have had many requests for the recipe so here it is. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Get Kids to Eat their Vegetables]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:10:43 -0500 How to Get Kids to Eat their Vegetables Posted by WesternGardener
Are you looking for a new way to get kids interested in broccoli, carrots and beets? Here’s how Michele Soulek of Casper, Wyo., uses her vegetable garden in a delicious new way. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow Cabbage Creatively]]> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:53:50 -0500 How to Grow Cabbage Creatively Posted by WesternGardener
Think cabbage is just for growing in big gardens? Think again. Cabbage plants can a new dimension to ornamental plantings. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Plant for Pollinators]]> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 12:32:39 -0500 How to Plant for Pollinators Posted by WesternGardener
Celebrate National Lawn Care Month by replacing some of your lawn with pollinator-friendly plants. Lawns are nice, but some of that space could be used to attract needy pollinators to your landscape. ]]>
<![CDATA[Scented Geraniums (Pelargonium species)]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:51:42 -0500 Scented Geraniums (Pelargonium species) Posted by cookinwithherbs
While gathering edible blooms from the wild this week, I noticed that the scented geraniums are blooming indoors in the greenhouse. The plants in the Pelargonium genus are easy to cultivate--they are tender perennials--so I grow them in pots as houseplants. Read all about the "pellies" as I call these endearing, aromatic plants. ]]>
<![CDATA[Spring Foraging: Wild Weeds, Herbal Harbingers and Enticing Ephemerals]]> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:15:51 -0500 Spring Foraging: Wild Weeds, Herbal Harbingers and Enticing Ephemerals Posted by cookinwithherbs
AAhhh--it is that time of year again--spring is bustin' out all over and we gardeners are rejoicing with the first harvests of earth's offerings. Here are some photos of what I'm picking and what's for dinner; get inspired, get out there and forage, or at least graze! ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Foodscape Your Landscape ]]> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 08:46:48 -0500 How to Foodscape Your Landscape Posted by WesternGardener
It’s easy to transform an ordinary landscape into an incredible edible garden. Here are three steps for growing your own garden of eatin’. ]]>
<![CDATA[Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2016]]> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 16:41:56 -0500 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2016 Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my last post I posted photos of Epcot Fresh--pix of food displays and gardens. Here are another dozen photos of some of my favorite plants, topiary and garden vistas. The gardeners and cast members have outdone themselves for this year's Flower & Garden Festival! ]]>
<![CDATA[3 Perennial Herbs for Spring Green in the Garden]]> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 12:42:45 -0500 3 Perennial Herbs for Spring Green in the Garden Posted by WesternGardener
The most welcome sight in my spring garden are the first perennial herbs to pop up and add some green to the bleak late winter scene. These three make for reliable container gardens. ]]>
<![CDATA[Epcot Fresh]]> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:51:53 -0500 Epcot Fresh Posted by cookinwithherbs
Just returned from the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival--it was lots of fun--and this year's gardens and botanical displays are the best ever! Check out these photos for a virtual tour! ]]>