Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:15:57 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts <![CDATA[Container Tomato Yields Big Results]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:00:49 -0500 Container Tomato Yields Big Results Posted by WesternGardener
In a surprise victory for small-space vegetable gardeners, a container-grown tomato won the largest tomato contest at a local garden center and a $100 gift card payday. ]]>
<![CDATA[5 Ways to Garden Together as a Family]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:48:58 -0500 5 Ways to Garden Together as a Family Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
Gardening as a family let's you create lasting memories and offers more opportunities to connect with one another. ]]>
<![CDATA[10 Garden Basil Varieties ]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:42:59 -0500 10 Garden Basil Varieties Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
There's enough basil varieties to plant a garden dedicated to them. ]]>
<![CDATA[Green Chile Season]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:19:54 -0500 Green Chile Season Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year again--the green chiles are here! The Hatch chile tractor trailers has been pulling into towns across the nation to deliver these glorious New Mexico capsicums. I also have them in my garden, however I get a case to freeze so I can have my capsaicin fix all winter long. Here are a few favorite ways to use them. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cate’s Garden Pruning Shears Review ]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:45:21 -0500 Cate’s Garden Pruning Shears Review Posted by WesternGardener
Every gardener I know is always on the lookout for tools to make typical gardening tasks easier. That’s why I grabbed the chance to test two new pruning shears from Cate’s Garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina]]> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 17:41:29 -0500 Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina Posted by cookinwithherbs
If you are ever going to South Carolina, or just passing through, make this garden a stop on your list of places to visit. Besides wonderful gardens and ancient live oak trees, fountains and vistas, there are trails, a native animal collection, children's garden, pollinator garden, labyrinth, a small butterfly house, gift shop and cafe--and an incredibly amazing sculpture collection. Plan to spend a day. ]]>
<![CDATA[Small Winter Squash for Small-Space Gardens]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:07:01 -0500 Small Winter Squash for Small-Space Gardens Posted by WesternGardener
Small-space gardeners rejoice! Seed companies have taken a special interest in offering plants that can grow just about anywhere, like these adorable 'Climbing Honey Nut' baby butternut squashes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Summer Gardening in the Ozarks]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:14:08 -0500 Summer Gardening in the Ozarks Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's hot down here in the Ozarks--really hot and humid--with temps mostly in the high 90s everyday. There has been a good bit of rain, though gardens are thirsty and some are parched if they haven't been watered. However, there is still a great deal of garden bounty to be had. ]]>
<![CDATA[Try This Edible Ornamental Basket]]> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 08:00:00 -0500 Try This Edible Ornamental Basket Posted by WesternGardener
Small-space gardeners know how important it is to make the most of every inch in the vegetable garden. This edible ornamental hanging basket combines two plants with delicious fruits, flowers and foliage. ]]>
<![CDATA[Take a Tour of DeLaney Community Farm]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:56:31 -0500 Take a Tour of DeLaney Community Farm Posted by WesternGardener
DeLaney Community Farm, located in Aurora, Colo., isn’t a typical Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) enterprise. Shareholders receive fresh, organic food weekly and also volunteer a set number of hours during the growing season. Here’s a peek of what’s buzzing on the farm during a typical summer day. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fish Peppers are Edible and Ornamental]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:22:16 -0500 Fish Peppers are Edible and Ornamental Posted by WesternGardener
Whether you have to be a small-space gardener or garden on a small scale by choice, it makes sense to grow plants with more than one feature. An heirloom hot pepper plant with a funny name offers at least two beautiful reasons to appreciate it. ]]>
<![CDATA[Purslane in the Kitchen]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:48:02 -0500 Purslane in the Kitchen Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last week, I wrote about purslane and the benefit of having it in one's garden. For those of you new to portulaca, here are a few recipe ideas using purslane. ]]>
<![CDATA[Vegetable Gardening with Container Eggplants]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:36:48 -0500 Vegetable Gardening with Container Eggplants Posted by WesternGardener
Would you like to change your vegetable viewpoint when it comes to eggplant? These miniature fruits will certainly add new interest to your small-space vegetable garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)]]> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:04:11 -0500 Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) Posted by cookinwithherbs
I decided to do this blog on one of my favorite naturalized garden weeds since it has been in the news lately. Did you know that Portulaca oleracea contains the highest amount of omega-3s of any plant in the vegetable kingdom, not to mention it is full of minerals and vitamins A and C? ]]>
<![CDATA[Online Cooking Classes for Vegetable Gardeners]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:10:25 -0500 Online Cooking Classes for Vegetable Gardeners Posted by WesternGardener
If you grow herbs, greens and assorted vegetables, chances are you’re always looking for fresh and easy recipes to help make the most of them. A new set of online cooking classes, priced at a reasonable $5 each, will surely inspire you to try something new. ]]>
<![CDATA[Monarda in the Kitchen]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 00:16:36 -0500 Monarda in the Kitchen Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last week I posted a blog about the glorious beebalm blooming in my garden. I've had some requests as to how to cook with it, so here are a few of my favorite recipes. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Repel Mosquitoes While Gardening]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:09:00 -0500 How to Repel Mosquitoes While Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
Gardening in summer can be tough enough without having to deal with annoying insects, like mosquitoes. Instead of swatting these pests away, you can serve them up as a dragonfly buffet with a Thermacell area mosquito repellent. ]]>
<![CDATA[Monarda spp.]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:55:45 -0500 Monarda spp. Posted by cookinwithherbs
Right now my beebalms, also known as monarda are ablaze with color in the garden. Their flowers have an inimitable shaggy-headed appearance which attract all sorts of pollinators. If you don't have any monardas in your garden, now is the time to plant them. They are like brightly colored firecrackers in the garden, bursting with bloom just in time for the Fourth of July. ]]>
<![CDATA[9 Tips for Growing Vegetables in Window Boxes]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:43:49 -0500 9 Tips for Growing Vegetables in Window Boxes Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
I've been very happy with these pint-sized veggie gardens as long as I remember that they can require a little special attention on occasion. ]]>
<![CDATA[Peat Moss Alternatives]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:21:53 -0500 Peat Moss Alternatives Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
The fact that gardeners have enjoyed a long love affair with peat moss is completely understandable. Here's the problem. ]]>