Copyright (c) 2016 en-us Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:17:09 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts <![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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Measuring the Miracle in Miracle Plant Foods ]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 15:57:36 -0500 Measuring the Miracle in Miracle Plant Foods Posted by WesternGardener
This gardening season I tested the marketing claims made by three different companies in side-by-side trials. Were the results exceptional and miraculous? Was I able to grow more beautiful plants? Here’s what I found. ]]>
<![CDATA[Summer Bounty]]> Sun, 31 Jul 2016 17:59:54 -0500 Summer Bounty Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year when we are reaping the harvest--benefiting from all of our earlier hard labor--and approaching a vegetable glut! Hot weather makes us want to cook less, so think about making salads in the morning or on the weekend to have for supper, then you just need to slice some tomatoes and cucumbers and maybe steam some corn. Enjoy the bounty now! ]]>
<![CDATA[ The Aromatherapy Garden--Book Review]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 17:01:58 -0500  The Aromatherapy Garden--Book Review Posted by cookinwithherbs
If you are a gardener who enjoys fragrant plants, then Kathi Keville's new book The Aromatherapy Garden: Growing Fragrant Plants for Happiness and Well-Being, should be on your reading list! ]]>
<![CDATA[Make Fresh Summer Drinks with Shrubs]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:46:28 -0500 Make Fresh Summer Drinks with Shrubs Posted by WesternGardener
One of the ways folks preserved their fresh fruits in Colonial times was by making shrubs, a fruit, sugar and vinegar drink they could spike with brandy or rum. It's time for these old-fashioned drinks to make a delicious comeback. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make Watermelon Rind Pickles]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:17:17 -0500 How to Make Watermelon Rind Pickles Posted by WesternGardener
You can make the most of your watermelon harvest by picking the rind to enjoy later. Here's a simple method for making these sweet refrigerator "pickles." ]]>
<![CDATA[July in the Garden]]> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 17:00:43 -0500 July in the Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Summer is full on and the garden is growing in leaps and bounds. Here in Maryland, we have had pretty great weather--our days have been in the upper 80s rather than the usual 90s and so I can't... ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Enjoy The Cocktail Hour Garden]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:17:07 -0500 How to Enjoy The Cocktail Hour Garden Posted by WesternGardener
After all those hours planting and tending the vegetable and herb garden, it’s finally time to start enjoying it. C.L. Fornari’s newest book offers ideas for putting garden-fresh herbs to delicious use – with a twist. ]]>
<![CDATA[Herb Gardening with Cuban Oregano]]> Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:33:07 -0500 Herb Gardening with Cuban Oregano Posted by WesternGardener
Cuban oregano is an easy-to-grow herb that goes by many names and has an especially distinctive flavor. Besides being a tasty replacement for regular oregano, the succulent leaves can be used as a natural insect repellant. ]]>