Copyright (c) 2016 en-us Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Wed, 27 Jul 2016 01:30:04 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts <![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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sights and Sounds of July in the Garden ]]> Sun, 03 Jul 2016 15:04:51 -0500 Sights and Sounds of July in the Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
The garden is getting into full swing now; plants are finally established and many are flowering or just beginning to fruit. This is one of my favorite times of being a gardener--the garden is still looking good, sort of tidy and not too weedy (versus the unkempt look of late summer and fall)--and still anticipating the first ripe tomato and hot chile pepper. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gardeners Dig Country Living]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:58:18 -0500 Gardeners Dig Country Living Posted by WesternGardener
Fans of the country lifestyle flock together every year to celebrate a simpler way of life. The fair in Rhinebeck, N.Y., in early June offered vegetable gardeners something old, something new, something edible that’s blue. ]]>
<![CDATA[Harvest Your Herbs and Make Green Sauce!]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:30:10 -0500 Harvest Your Herbs and Make Green Sauce! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here it is the last week of June and my cilantro, rocket, dill, and parsley are over a foot tall and some are wanting to bolt. Get out there and whack those herbs back--to prevent them from bolting, prolong their life and encourage new growth--and enjoy them for supper. Here is a different take on pesto--South-of-the-Border style, which is lovely on pasta, or anything from the grill. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Culinary Herbal for Vegetable Gardeners]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:50:13 -0500 The Culinary Herbal for Vegetable Gardeners Posted by WesternGardener
A vegetable garden isn’t complete without a good selection of culinary herbs growing side-by-side. In Susan Belsinger’s new book,’s own flavor artist helps gardeners find ways to grow and preserve 97 flavorful herbs. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Blooms in June]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 15:25:10 -0500 The Blooms in June Posted by cookinwithherbs
Tomorrow is the summer solstice--the longest day of the year--and this date heralds the arrival of summer in full swing. We gardeners are diligently tending our pieces of earth, delighting in each bloom or growth spurt and anxiously awaiting the ripening of our summertime bounty. ]]>
<![CDATA[Salsa Verde with Wild Weeds]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 14:51:08 -0500 Salsa Verde with Wild Weeds Posted by cookinwithherbs
I thought for sure that I had posted the recipe for making salsa verde with botanicals foraged from in and around the garden, however I can only find my traditional one posted, which contains garden grown herbs and greens. So here is the wild weed version for those of you who requested it. ]]>
<![CDATA[Rosies Workwear Ready for Gardening]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:50:05 -0500 Rosies Workwear Ready for Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
I’d never owned a pair of bib overalls until I heard from Rosies Workwear for Women. These comfortable gardening overalls and coveralls are specially made for any woman who has a “can-do attitude.” ]]>
<![CDATA[Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)]]> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:40:41 -0500 Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) Posted by cookinwithherbs
Yes, it is an invasive plant and garlic mustard grows all over the place--however if you have it, you might as well eat it. It is a nutritious leafy green that tastes like a garlic-flavored green and it is yours for the harvesting. ]]>
<![CDATA[Great Gardening Gifts for Father's Day]]> Tue, 07 Jun 2016 08:36:07 -0500 Great Gardening Gifts for Father's Day Posted by WesternGardener
If the guy in your life spends most of the summer tending the vegetable garden, why not give him a hand? As in hand him a few new gardening tools like these. ]]>
<![CDATA[Seeds and the Art of Hitchhiking ]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 22:54:48 -0500 Seeds and the Art of Hitchhiking Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
Reproduction may be science, but seeds have hitchhiking down to an art. ]]>
<![CDATA[Wild Bergamot or Purple Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa)]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 12:33:53 -0500 Wild Bergamot or Purple Bee Balm   (Monarda fistulosa) Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last blog, I wrote about the red-flowered bee balm (Monarda didyma) and promised that I would write about wild bee balm (Monarda fistulosa). So here it is--still green--though it will be covered with lavender blooms in the next month. ]]>
<![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. ]]>