Copyright (c) 2016 en-us Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Sun, 23 Oct 2016 03:22:06 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts <![CDATA[Another Look at Lasagna Mulching]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:23:29 -0500 Another Look at Lasagna Mulching Posted by WesternGardener
The idea of a no-dig garden that builds rich soil sounds like a perfect solution for organic vegetable gardeners. But does lasagna mulching really work? ]]>
<![CDATA[Quinoa ]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:22:40 -0500 Quinoa Posted by cookinwithherbs
Quinoa is another food indigenous to South America domesticated as a food crop 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. We are seeing more and more recipes using this crunchy, nutritive grain. This tasty salad is easy and quick to prepare. ]]>
<![CDATA[Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring Plants of South America]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:29:39 -0500 Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring Plants of South America Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last weekend, we celebrated the 27th annual Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring the foods of South America at the Ozark Folk Center. Learn about some of the foods indigenous to this continent--you might be surprised! ]]>
<![CDATA[Top Tomato Choices for 2016]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:53:01 -0500 Top Tomato Choices for 2016 Posted by WesternGardener
The end of summer is a good time to evaluate what grew well in the garden and make a few notes for next season. Here's my tomato roundup for 2016. ]]>
<![CDATA[Save Tomato Seeds the Easy Way]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0500 Save Tomato Seeds the Easy Way Posted by WesternGardener
I've found a way to save heirloom tomatoes that takes a few minutes, but yields great results. All you need is a paper towel and a pen. ]]>
<![CDATA[Herbal Harvest: Basil and More...]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:42:58 -0500 Herbal Harvest: Basil and More... Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time to gather in the last basil harvest--as well as any other tender herbs--because they will go with the first frost. Here's a few things that I do with an abundance of basil. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow Ghost Peppers for Heat and Flavor]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:21:16 -0500 Grow Ghost Peppers for Heat and Flavor Posted by WesternGardener
Bhut Jolokia, also called the Ghost Pepper, is one of the hottest peppers in the world. At more than 1,000,000 Scoville Heat Units, vegetable gardeners are warned to be careful growing, handling, and eating them. ]]>
<![CDATA[September Garden Harvest]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:48:56 -0500 September Garden Harvest Posted by cookinwithherbs
Well the late September garden is full of chiles as well as herbs to harvest and preserve... that's what I've been doing the past few days. And the annual flowers are blooming their hearts out--getting the last of the calendula flower heads and gathered the nasturtiums for a lovely, peppery vinegar. I also sowed some lettuce seeds, cold-weather spinach, cilantro,kale and radishes; I am not sure whether they will germinate and produce before the cold weather sets in, though I decided to take a chance. If they do germinate, I'll be covering them with floating row cover for sure. ]]>
<![CDATA[Last Day of Summer]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:15:16 -0500 Last Day of Summer Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is the last day of summer and tomorrow heralds the autumnal equinox. The summer garden is definitely looking like fall is in the air. See what my zone 7 Maryland garden looks like and what I'm harvesting and preserving. ]]>
<![CDATA[Small Batch Fermentation Made Simple]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:14:12 -0500 Small Batch Fermentation Made Simple Posted by WesternGardener
Fermenting is the age-old method for preserving fruits and vegetables and making pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi and more. Here's a DIY fermenting kit to help vegetable gardeners get started with small batches of tasty, healthy foods. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Celebration of Heirloom Vegetables]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:50:25 -0500 A Celebration of Heirloom Vegetables Posted by WesternGardener
The National Heirloom Expo, billed as The World's Pure Food Fair, wrapped up three days of celebrating the entire heirloom industry. Here's a taste of what you missed. ]]>
<![CDATA[Container Garden Pepper Roundup for 2016]]> Mon, 05 Sep 2016 08:00:00 -0500 Container Garden Pepper Roundup for 2016 Posted by WesternGardener
This gardening season I grew seven different kinds of peppers in the container garden on my patio. Here’s the annual roundup to consider for next gardening season. ]]>
<![CDATA[DeBaggio Herb Farm and Nursery]]> Sun, 04 Sep 2016 15:22:57 -0500 DeBaggio Herb Farm and Nursery Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last, though not least, I want to write about the last herb farm that we visited on our IHA field trip, DeBaggio Herb Farm and Nursery. Although they are closed for the season, they weeded their gardens and opened up for us to visit. ]]>
<![CDATA[Blooming Hill Lavender Farm]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:22:39 -0500 Blooming Hill Lavender Farm Posted by cookinwithherbs
The IHA post-conference fieldtrip went to Virginia. One of the highlights of the tour was a visit to Blooming Hill Lavender Farm with an herbal lunch catered by Kim Labash, proprietress of Loudon Valley Herbs. Cyndi and Peter Rinek are collectors of many things besides lavender and you will enjoy the photos herein of their delightful farm in Philomont, Virginia. ]]>
<![CDATA[Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:31:10 -0500 Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm Posted by cookinwithherbs
A delightful herbal luncheon served al fresco alongside a pond with fountain, surrounded by numerous theme gardens was part of our IHA pre-conference tour to Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm. Enjoy a tour of this small family farm owned and operated by Maria Price Nowakowski and her husband Martin. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Green Farmacy Garden]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:04:16 -0500 The Green Farmacy Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
The Green Farmacy Garden is Dr. Jim Duke's medicinal herb teaching garden (his book the Green Pharmacy published by Rodale in 1997 has sold over a million copies) used by the Maryland University of Integrative Health, located in Fulton, Maryland. Recently, the International Herb Association went on a field trip there--read all about it here! ]]>
<![CDATA[Flourish! Inside and Out at the U.S. Botanic Garden]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:07:25 -0500 Flourish! Inside and Out at the U.S. Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Even though it has been really hot, I've been visiting gardens this summer--so I'm going to share some of them with you in the next few blogs. This year's exhibit inside and outside at the USBG is colorful and aesthetically delightful--might be one of my favorite outdoor displays there ever--check it out! ]]>
<![CDATA[Candyland Tomatoes Make a Sweet Garden Treat]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:45:13 -0500 Candyland Tomatoes Make a Sweet Garden Treat Posted by WesternGardener
One of the newest award winners from All-America Selections is a currant-size tomato named for the classic children’s board game. These tomatoes are sweet and fun to grow. ]]>
<![CDATA[It's Time to Celebrate Tomatoes]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:00:39 -0500 It's Time to Celebrate Tomatoes Posted by WesternGardener
A tomato fest was the perfect way to celebrate National Farmers Market Week in Longmont, Colo. From tomato taste-off to specialty tomato recipes, it was a day to show some love to one of our all-time favorite fruits. ]]>
<![CDATA[How Eggplant Got its Name]]> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:30:12 -0500 How Eggplant Got its Name Posted by WesternGardener
It’s easy to take for granted the vegetables we grow in our gardens today. But each one started as a wild plant that needed to be tamed. Here’s how eggplants found their way into our vegetable gardens. ]]>