Copyright (c) 2017 en-us Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:27:35 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts <![CDATA[Nettles Make Beautiful Soup!]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:00:15 -0500 Nettles Make Beautiful Soup! Posted by cookinwithherbs
There are so many wonderful things about spring--and it delights me to have fresh, mineral-rich and vitamin-laden green herbs pop up for us to bring into the kitchen and make those seasonal dishes that we can't have the rest of the year. Nettles are a favorite of mine, and while I quite savor a nettle spanakopita and a salsa verde made with nettle, chickweed, dandelion, and sorrel or oxalis--nettle soup is a great comfort food besides being a spring tonic. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cilantro Recipe: Mango Habanero Salsa with Cilantro]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:32:53 -0500 Cilantro Recipe: Mango Habanero Salsa with Cilantro Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my blog on Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017, I promised to post a recipe. Here is a bright and flavorful salsa that is great with chips, on a taco salad or quesadilla, and with anything from the grill! ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Avoid Herbicide Carryover]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:50:54 -0500 How to Avoid Herbicide Carryover Posted by WesternGardener
Do you use straw, grass clippings or animal manure in your vegetable garden? If so, you need to take steps to keep herbicide contamination from harming your plants. ]]>
<![CDATA[Seasonal Foods for Spring: Strawberries & Rhubarb]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:43:36 -0500 Seasonal Foods for Spring: Strawberries & Rhubarb Posted by cookinwithherbs
Besides the stirring of life in the garden, the welcome appearance of the harbingers of spring, other signs of the season are produce like fresh salad greens both cultivated and wild, leeks and spring onions, morels, asparagus, strawberries and rhubarb. ]]>
<![CDATA[Are You America’s Best Vegetable Gardener?]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:39:42 -0500 Are You America’s Best Vegetable Gardener? Posted by WesternGardener
You can win a wheelbarrow full of green if your vegetable garden is the winner of America’s Best Gardener contest, presented by Seedlingers. Vegetable garden entries have a chance to win $10,000 cash and other prizes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Just Released: Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:26:30 -0500 Just Released: Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017 Posted by cookinwithherbs
Every year the International Herb Association chooses an herb of the year to feature, as well as publishes a book on the selected herb so we can all get to know the particular herb up close and personal. This year we celebrate cilantro & coriander (one is the herb leaf and the other is the herb seed--both from the same plant--so we get two for one this year!) ]]>
<![CDATA[Vegetable Seeds for Easter Baskets]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:04:11 -0500 Vegetable Seeds for Easter Baskets Posted by WesternGardener
Let the Easter bunny plant the seeds of gardening by adding a few vegetable seed packets to the basket this year. ]]>
<![CDATA[Insect Pest Warning System for Vegetable Gardeners]]> Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:13:48 -0500 Insect Pest Warning System for Vegetable Gardeners Posted by WesternGardener
Wouldn't it be nice to know when to expect an invasion of insect pests to your vegetable garden? Then The Big Bug Hunt needs you! ]]>
<![CDATA[Memphis Botanic Garden]]> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 23:56:03 -0500 Memphis Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
On the road in the southern U.S.--just visited the Memphis Botanic Garden--the herb garden there is popping springtime. See what is showing out there. ]]>
<![CDATA[Strawberry Shrub]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:17:01 -0500 Strawberry Shrub Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my travels down South lately, I've been doing programs on capturing the essence of herbs. One easy, seasonal recipe that I have been preparing with an enthusiastic response is strawberry shrub with lemon balm. It is simple, mouthwatering and a perfect blend of seasonal flavors. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Foodscape Revolution]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:07:38 -0500 The Foodscape Revolution Posted by WesternGardener
If you’ve been relegating your fruits, vegetables and herbs to the backyard garden, it’s time to rethink that vegetable gardening approach. Foodscaping is the vegetable gardening trend that encourages gardeners to mix edible plants with ornamentals throughout the landscape. ]]>
<![CDATA[Pansies]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:45:17 -0500 Pansies Posted by cookinwithherbs
These happy little faces are harbingers of spring and this year the National Gardening Bureau has announced that 2017 is the Year of the Pansy. ]]>
<![CDATA[General Mills Buys Kernza’s Long Roots]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:05:03 -0500 General Mills Buys Kernza’s Long Roots Posted by WesternGardener
The Land Institute, near Salina, Kan., has worked since 1976 to research and develop perennial grains for a more sustainable agricultural system. Kernza, wheat’s wild perennial cousin, is now tame enough to be an ingredient in cereals and snacks. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sure Signs of Spring]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:16:07 -0500 Sure Signs of Spring Posted by cookinwithherbs
Spring is in the air… although Mother Nature has certainly been teasing us! In my Maryland zone 7 garden, we had a fairly mild winter with much less precipitation than we have had in many years... ]]>
<![CDATA[Sponges Make Seed Sprouting Seem Like Magic]]> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:19:05 -0500 Sponges Make Seed Sprouting Seem Like Magic Posted by WesternGardener
Seeds can sprout just about anywhere, even on colorful sponges. This easy indoor gardening project is a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and other spring holidays. ]]>
<![CDATA[Shed Stress with a Beautiful Backyard Escape]]> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 13:09:15 -0500 Shed Stress with a Beautiful Backyard Escape Posted by WesternGardener
Erika Kotite’s new book, She Sheds: A Room of Your Own, will help you imagine a beautiful retreat in your own backyard. The 23 featured sheds will inspire you to turn an ordinary shed into a small sanctuary. ]]>
<![CDATA[Great Gardens in California]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:40:15 -0500 Great Gardens in California Posted by cookinwithherbs
California has many micro-climates and is able to grow many rare plants from around the world. Two incredible gardens not to miss are the San Francisco Botanical Garden and the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. While SFBG is a unique area within the Golden Gate Park with world-renowned gardens, UCSCA is spread out on 135 acres overlooking the Monterey Bay. Here are just a few photos of some striking and/or rare botanicals found in these gardens. ]]>
<![CDATA[Vegetable Winners Make Gardening Easier]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:04:30 -0500 Vegetable Winners Make Gardening Easier Posted by WesternGardener
The 2017 All-America Selections winners are ready for this gardening season. Planting these winners is one of the first steps to vegetable gardening success. ]]>
<![CDATA[California Farmers' Markets]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:17:33 -0500 California Farmers' Markets Posted by cookinwithherbs
In Maryland, my local farmers' markets close up for the winter season. In warmer climes like California and the southern states, markets go on year round. For we gardeners who are awaiting the growing season with baited breath--here are some mouthwatering shots of produce taken at the Santa Cruz farmers' market. ]]>
<![CDATA[Soil Blocks Simplify Seed Starting]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:01:08 -0500 Soil Blocks Simplify Seed Starting Posted by WesternGardener
If you’ve given up on seed starting, you might try using soil blocks this season. This seed-starting method can help improve your chances for vegetable gardening success. ]]>