Copyright (c) 2018 en-us Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Fri, 23 Mar 2018 03:27:41 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts Vegetable Gardener - All featured posts <![CDATA[Spring is Bustin' Out all Over!]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:32:45 -0500 Spring is Bustin' Out all Over! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today celebrates the vernal equinox--the first day of spring. We gardeners rejoice that we are able to start sowing seed and soon will have out hands in the garden earth. For some of us, in warmer climes we are enjoying the harbingers of spring in their full regalia, while others in the northern states are looking forward to spring as the winter storms still continue with howling winds, rain, snow, sleet and even hail. Enjoy these photos from Brookgreen Garden in Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina and imagine your gardens to come! ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant a Seed with Slow Food USA]]> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:24:23 -0500 Plant a Seed with Slow Food USA Posted by WesternGardener
Vegetable gardeners across the country can join a global food campaign by planting a special trio of companion plants. Slow Food USA’s Plant a Seed kit connects the Three Sisters to gardeners around the world. ]]>
<![CDATA[Saint Patrick’s Day kicks off Gardening in March]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:58:36 -0500 Saint Patrick’s Day kicks off Gardening in March Posted by cookinwithherbs
Many folks practice planting potatoes on Saint Patrick's Day, and some plant peas and/or onions too. This is a tradition for many gardeners who live in warmer climes, although I’ve seen hardcore gardeners get out there even in frigid weather and work the cold earth to get their first crop of potatoes in on St. Paddy’s Day. ]]>
<![CDATA[It’s Potato Planting Time ]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:01:18 -0500 It’s Potato Planting Time Posted by WesternGardener
If you haven’t eaten a homegrown potato, you don’t know what a real potato tastes like. Spring’s the time to plant potatoes in the vegetable garden. Here’s everything you need to get your potato crop off to a good start. ]]>
<![CDATA[Three Ways to Plant Container Onions]]> Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:26:22 -0500 Three Ways to Plant Container Onions Posted by WesternGardener
Did you know onions aren’t a root or a fruit? These savory vegetables are made up of layers of leaf bases. Here are three ways to get your container onions growing this season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Six Seed Selections to Sow for the Summer Season]]> Mon, 26 Feb 2018 14:34:44 -0500 Six Seed Selections to Sow for the Summer Season Posted by cookinwithherbs
While you are considering which seeds to order for this coming season, here are a few favorites that I have been growing for many years. While I try new plant seeds each season--these are must haves--ones that I really don't want to be without. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Orleans Vegetable Trials Yield Big Results]]> Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:58:45 -0500 New Orleans Vegetable Trials Yield Big Results Posted by WesternGardener
The Louisiana Master Gardeners make the most of cool weather with their plantings at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens. Educational programs like these help vegetable gardeners with their spring plantings. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tortilla Soup--Comfort Food]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:09:29 -0500 Tortilla Soup--Comfort Food Posted by cookinwithherbs
There is nothing like a bowl of nourishing hot soup on a cold winter day, especially a grey, damp rainy day that sort of seeps into the bones in your body that seem to complain about the weather. I add enough capsicum and allium to make me sweat a little and I feel warm to the very core of my body. Try some tortilla soup—it is warming comfort food. ]]>
<![CDATA[Celebrating America's First Gardeners]]> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:06:37 -0500 Celebrating America's First Gardeners Posted by WesternGardener
In honor of Presidents’ Day, here’s a salute to America’s First Vegetable Gardeners. The gentlemen farmers, like President Thomas Jefferson, were passionate plantsmen who helped lead a nation with politics and plants. ]]>
<![CDATA[Snow: Poor Man’s Fertilizer ]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:34:21 -0500 Snow:  Poor Man’s Fertilizer Posted by cookinwithherbs
Is this familiar adage an old wive’s tale? In fact, snow does contain nitrogen and other particulates like sulfur, which it collects as it falls through the atmosphere, however so do rain and sleet, and believe it or not, lightning. ]]>
<![CDATA[Chocolate Tomatoes are a Sweet Garden Surprise]]> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:14:06 -0500 Chocolate Tomatoes are a Sweet Garden Surprise Posted by WesternGardener
Do you want to give chocolates and flowers to your sweetie for Valentine’s Day? Instead of a box of chocolates and a dozen roses, try these chocolate tomatoes for a different kind of treat. ]]>
<![CDATA[Seeds]]> Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:55:33 -0500 Seeds Posted by cookinwithherbs
If you haven’t ordered your garden seeds for 2018, now is the time. As I sit by the woodstove looking out on another grey, cold day, the precipitation is coming down heavily. It started out as freezing rain, now it is rain and once the temps start to drop this afternoon, who knows what it will turn to? The back porch steps, the deck and even spots on the packed gravel drive are like a skating rink—so I am not going anywhere. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow Red for a Healthy Heart]]> Tue, 06 Feb 2018 12:15:11 -0500 Grow Red for a Healthy Heart Posted by WesternGardener
Valentine’s Day isn’t the only heart-wise celebration in February. The American Heart Association dedicates the entire month to reminding people to take care of their hearts. Exercise and eating a plant-based diet can help lower the risk for heart disease, especially red fruits and vegetables. ]]>
<![CDATA[Lunar Happenings ]]> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:46:28 -0500 Lunar Happenings Posted by cookinwithherbs
What the heck is a Super Blue Blood Moon? The moon was officially full this morning at 8:27 am EST. This is a particularly eventful full moon in that it is the second one this month, so called a blue moon, since we already had a full moon on the first of January. The Farmers' Almanac names it a Full Old Moon and it is the only lunar eclipse in North America this year , which was visible to those living west of the Mississippi in the U.S. and Western Canada before dawn this morning. ]]>
<![CDATA[Winter Musings]]> Thu, 25 Jan 2018 12:02:40 -0500 Winter Musings Posted by cookinwithherbs
We have had very cold weather this month and now we have warmed up just a bit--enough to tease us--and make us think spring is in the air. Not. However we can dream of spring and our gardens to be, especially with the seed catalogues coming in and seed sales offered in our emails almost daily. ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant a Gumbo Garden for Mardi Gras]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:24:18 -0500 Plant a Gumbo Garden for Mardi Gras Posted by WesternGardener
If you want to add some New Orleans flavor to your vegetable garden this season, plant the herbs and vegetables to make a traditional gumbo. Here’s how to get started. ]]>
<![CDATA[Container Gardening Complete for Small Vegetable Gardens]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:00:23 -0500 Container Gardening Complete for Small Vegetable Gardens Posted by WesternGardener
Small-space vegetable gardeners will surely want to try the many creative projects in Jessica Walliser’s new book. If you’d like to learn how to plant a bean trellis bin, a bike-rim sweet potato trellis or a pollinator garden in an old trash can, it’s all right here. ]]>
<![CDATA[Color of the Year for Vegetable Gardens]]> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:26:24 -0500 Color of the Year for Vegetable Gardens Posted by WesternGardener
Some gardeners think the Pantone Color of the Year is just for ornamental or flower gardens. Here's how vegetable gardeners can also add Ultra Violet colors to their edible spaces. ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant these Vegetable Winners for Garden Success]]> Wed, 03 Jan 2018 14:42:11 -0500 Plant these Vegetable Winners for Garden Success Posted by WesternGardener
The All-America Selections trial judges do all the work, and vegetable gardeners reap the rewards. Smart gardeners will look for these vegetable winners to plant in their gardens this season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Make some Healthy and Hearty Soup for the New Year ]]> Mon, 01 Jan 2018 15:51:26 -0500 Make some Healthy and Hearty Soup for the New Year Posted by cookinwithherbs
This soup blog was inspired by our recently departed, Dr. James Duke, an inspiration and mentor to many of us--and a master soup maker. There is nothing like a warm bowl of soup on a cold winter day. What better way to start off this auspicious New Year's Day (with a full Wolf moon to boot) than with a healthful, warming winter soup? This split pea soup sticks with you--chockablock full of vegetables--as well as roots and herbs that will build up your immune system and keep you healthy during the cold and flu season. ]]>