Copyright (c) 2019 VegetableGardener.com en-us Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts http://www.vegetablegardener.com/ Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:18:22 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts http://www.vegetablegardener.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.vegetablegardener.com/ <![CDATA[The Secret to Perfect Pollinator Plants]]> Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:13:56 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129918/the-secret-to-perfect-pollinator-plants http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129918/the-secret-to-perfect-pollinator-plants The Secret to Perfect Pollinator Plants Posted by WesternGardener
Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are the beneficiaries of more than a million new pollinator gardens in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The gardens represent five million acres of habitat for pollinators and that means more fruits and vegetables for gardeners. How do pollinators find these gardens? Here’s their secret. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Fourth of July Fare: Potato Salad]]> Thu, 04 Jul 2019 16:46:21 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129908/fourth-of-july-fare-potato-salad http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129908/fourth-of-july-fare-potato-salad Fourth of July Fare: Potato Salad Posted by cookinwithherbs
Most folks celebrate Independence Day with a cookout or picnic. When I think of summer foods to accompany this event--potato salad and coleslaw, summer ripe tomatoes and corn-on-the-cob immediately come to mind--they are American as apple pie. Here's a recipe for my sister, Doneth's potato salad, which is truly a family favorite. ]]>
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<![CDATA[What's Bugging You in the Garden?]]> Tue, 02 Jul 2019 10:35:44 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129904/whats-bugging-you-in-the-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129904/whats-bugging-you-in-the-garden What's Bugging You in the Garden? Posted by WesternGardener
Summer is in full swing and that means the biting insects are out, too. If you've always been a favorite mosquito meal, this one’s for you. ]]>
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<![CDATA[It's Summertime in the Garden]]> Sat, 29 Jun 2019 22:55:18 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129876/its-summertime-in-the-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129876/its-summertime-in-the-garden It's Summertime in the Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
We recently celebrated the summer solstice as well as St. John's Day (sometimes referred to as Midsummer) and the hot weather has arrived here in Maryland. We haven't had much rain so plant growth, especially flowering, has progressed rapidly--it seems a lot of plants are flowering earlier than usual. Before we know it, we'll be harvesting summer veggies! Right now, a lot of herbs need to be cut back and harvested. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Four Elements Organic Herbals: Growing Medicinal Herbs in Wisconsin]]> Mon, 24 Jun 2019 22:37:51 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129846/four-elements-organic-herbals-growing-medicinal-herbs-in-wisconsin http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129846/four-elements-organic-herbals-growing-medicinal-herbs-in-wisconsin Four Elements Organic Herbals: Growing Medicinal Herbs in Wisconsin Posted by cookinwithherbs
On a recent visit to Madison, Wisconsin, a group of herbal enthusiasts went to visit the medicinal herb gardens of HSA speaker, Jane Hawley Stevens, proprietress of Four Elements Organic Herbals. Here are some photos of her prolific gardens located near the Baraboo Bluffs in Wisconsin and her apothecary shop, which is in North Freedom. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Summer Solstice: Time for Farmers' Markets, Gardening, Seasonal Bounty and Weeds]]> Fri, 21 Jun 2019 23:35:49 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129821/summer-solstice-time-for-farmers-markets-gardening-seasonal-bounty-and-weeds http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129821/summer-solstice-time-for-farmers-markets-gardening-seasonal-bounty-and-weeds Summer Solstice: Time for Farmers' Markets, Gardening, Seasonal Bounty and Weeds Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is that time of year again already! Today we celebrate the true arrival of summer with the solstice--the longest day and shortest night of the entire year. Not that summer weather hasn't already been here for some time--it is hot here in Maryland! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Herbs with Anise-, Fennel-, and Licorice-Like Flavors]]> Thu, 20 Jun 2019 14:29:41 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129808/herbs-with-anise-fennel-and-licorice-like-flavors http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129808/herbs-with-anise-fennel-and-licorice-like-flavors Herbs with Anise-, Fennel-, and Licorice-Like Flavors Posted by cookinwithherbs
I recently did a program at the annual Herb Society of America conference in Madison, Wisconsin thus titled; this is a modified version of the handout. Since we are celebrating Agastache as Herb of the Year for 2019 and Anise Hyssop is the most popular of this genus, I figured I’d explore some of the other herbs in this flavor category. Anise hyssop is not related to anise (Pimpinella anisum), or hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) for that matter. It does however, smell and taste somewhat like anise. When we speak of anise flavor, a few other herbs come into play: fennel and licorice. These three herbs have similar aromas and tastes due to a few shared chemical constituents. And these three herbs are used to describe the flavor profiles of some other well-known herbs. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Simple Steps to Prevent Powdery Mildew]]> Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:43:28 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129804/simple-steps-to-prevent-powdery-mildew http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129804/simple-steps-to-prevent-powdery-mildew Simple Steps to Prevent Powdery Mildew Posted by WesternGardener
If you grow common vegetable garden crops -- like beans, peas, squash, pumpkins, melons and cucumbers –- you might see a powdery white coating on leaves and stems during the growing season. Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that doesn’t kill plants, but it can affect production. Here’s how to prevent it in your garden. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Watering Plants with Sunlight and Air]]> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:36:34 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129794/watering-plants-with-sunlight-and-air http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129794/watering-plants-with-sunlight-and-air Watering Plants with Sunlight and Air Posted by WesternGardener
A demonstration garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens uses a solar-powered atmospheric water harvesting system to irrigate a honey of a vegetable garden. The process uses solar energy to drive passive condensation to create high-quality fresh water from air. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Artichokes are in Season]]> Wed, 29 May 2019 12:23:32 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129768/artichokes-are-in-season http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129768/artichokes-are-in-season Artichokes are in Season Posted by cookinwithherbs
Spring is the season for asparagus and artichokes, rhubarb and strawberries, spring onions and baby salad greens and foraged wild weeds. It is a joyous time in the garden as well as in the kitchen—with so many delightful flavors and textures. I don’t think that folks eat enough artichokes. Perhaps, some have just never eaten one, or do not know how to prepare them. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Grow an Herbal Tea Garden]]> Wed, 22 May 2019 13:04:37 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129765/grow-an-herbal-tea-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129765/grow-an-herbal-tea-garden Grow an Herbal Tea Garden Posted by WesternGardener
Is there anything more refreshing than a glass of iced tea on a hot summer day? What makes that tea even more delicious is growing your own herbs to prepare the perfect cup. Here’s what you need to know to plant your own herbal tea garden. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Spring in the Vegetable Garden]]> Sun, 12 May 2019 00:25:42 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129733/spring-in-the-vegetable-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129733/spring-in-the-vegetable-garden Spring in the Vegetable Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
It has been a very wet spring here in the Mid-Atlantic. I’m not complaining—always thankful for the precipitation—it makes it challenging for planting when the garden is soggy. Everything is verdant green and growing so fast you can see plants change daily. ]]>
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<![CDATA[How to Shrug Off Arthritis in the Garden]]> Fri, 10 May 2019 14:23:04 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129730/how-to-shrug-off-arthritis-in-the-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129730/how-to-shrug-off-arthritis-in-the-garden How to Shrug Off Arthritis in the Garden Posted by WesternGardener
May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, so let’s celebrate by looking at ways to keep vegetable gardeners gardening in spite of arthritic hands and knees. Here are ways to garden smarter with adaptive tools and easier techniques. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Spring is Bursting Out All Over!]]> Tue, 30 Apr 2019 10:52:11 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129705/spring-is-bursting-out-all-over http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129705/spring-is-bursting-out-all-over Spring is Bursting Out All Over! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Whether you are in the sunny South and already harvesting your brassicas,or in the northern climes where the early spring harbingers are just popping after the last snow--it is spring!What's going on in your garden? ]]>
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<![CDATA[Hot Cross Buns and Fresh Bay Leaves]]> Sat, 20 Apr 2019 23:30:17 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129694/hot-cross-buns-and-fresh-bay-leaves http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129694/hot-cross-buns-and-fresh-bay-leaves Hot Cross Buns and Fresh Bay Leaves Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today I got a hankering for hot cross buns, which I have not made in quite awhile--it is that time of year that we see them for sale. Well, the recipe I use is an old one, from my first book Cooking with Herbs co-authored with Carolyn Dille. The ingredient that makes these buns unique is fresh bay leaves. Really, you will have to try them; I have made a few updates in the recipe which you can read below. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Garden Like a Viking]]> Fri, 19 Apr 2019 15:07:59 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129686/garden-like-a-viking http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129686/garden-like-a-viking Garden Like a Viking Posted by WesternGardener
One of the special features in the Irish National Botanic Gardens in Dublin is an accurate recreation of a Viking house dating from the ninth and tenth centuries. Here’s what to plant if you’d like to garden like a Viking. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Dandelions--Welcome this Spring Bitter!]]> Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:51:04 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129668/dandelions-welcome-this-spring-bitter http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129668/dandelions-welcome-this-spring-bitter Dandelions--Welcome this Spring Bitter! Posted by cookinwithherbs
I enjoy bitter--bitter herbs, bitter foods and bitters, the magic digestive elixirs. They are spring tonics and dandelions are one of my favorites--I've been harvesting the leaves, flowers and roots since they first emerged and using them in soups, sauces, egg dishes, with pasta and grains and stuffing them into quesadillas and enchiladas. Get out there and harvest some goodness for your health and well being! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Book Review: Beyond Rosemary, Basil and Thyme]]> Wed, 10 Apr 2019 13:23:13 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129666/book-review-beyond-rosemary-basil-and-thyme http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129666/book-review-beyond-rosemary-basil-and-thyme Book Review: Beyond Rosemary, Basil and Thyme Posted by cookinwithherbs
I recently received a copy of Beyond Rosemary, Basil and Thyme: Unusual, Interesting and Uncommon Herbs to Enjoy from author Theresa Mieseler; it is hot off the presses. This book contains some of the herbs that you might not grow--or even know about--that are worth investigating. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Grow Pea Shoots for Spring Crunch]]> Thu, 04 Apr 2019 08:39:42 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129659/grow-pea-shoots-for-spring-crunch http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129659/grow-pea-shoots-for-spring-crunch Grow Pea Shoots for Spring Crunch Posted by WesternGardener
Pea shoots are the fresh antidote to a long cold winter. These crunchy greens can be ready to enjoy in just a few weeks from planting. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Farro Salad, Mediterranean-Style]]> Sun, 31 Mar 2019 00:08:39 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129655/farro-salad-mediterranean-style http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129655/farro-salad-mediterranean-style Farro Salad, Mediterranean-Style Posted by cookinwithherbs
Recently, someone gave me a bag of farro. I have cooked farro, which is a type of wheat berry, as well as kamut and spelt in my past, however not in a long time. So I read about farro and cooked up a pot of it and then I made the following delightfully tasty recipe for Farro Salad, Mediterranean-Style. ]]>
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