Copyright (c) 2016 VegetableGardener.com en-us Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts http://www.vegetablegardener.com/go-organic Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:45:12 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts http://www.vegetablegardener.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.vegetablegardener.com/go-organic <![CDATA[The Blooms in June]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 15:25:10 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63512/the-blooms-in-june http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63512/the-blooms-in-june 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Salsa Verde with Wild Weeds]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 14:51:08 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63498/salsa-verde-with-wild-weeds http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63498/salsa-verde-with-wild-weeds 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)]]> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:40:41 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63477/garlic-mustard-alliaria-petiolata http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63477/garlic-mustard-alliaria-petiolata 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Seeds and the Art of Hitchhiking ]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 22:54:48 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63426/seeds-and-the-art-of-hitchhiking http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63426/seeds-and-the-art-of-hitchhiking Seeds and the Art of Hitchhiking Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
Reproduction may be science, but seeds have hitchhiking down to an art. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Wild Bergamot or Purple Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa)]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 12:33:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63420/wild-bergamot-or-purple-bee-balm-monarda-fistulosa http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63420/wild-bergamot-or-purple-bee-balm-monarda-fistulosa 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 13:54:23 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63397/bee-balm-monarda-didyma http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63397/bee-balm-monarda-didyma 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. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63397/bee-balm-monarda-didyma
<![CDATA[Finding Delight in a Cold and Soggy Spring]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 14:15:28 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63358/finding-delight-in-a-cold-and-soggy-spring http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63358/finding-delight-in-a-cold-and-soggy-spring 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? ]]>
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<![CDATA[Stinging Nettles]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:59:42 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63164/stinging-nettles http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63164/stinging-nettles Stinging Nettles Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last weekend, while botanizing along the White River in the Ozarks, we found many plants along the trail and came upon a large stand of healthy nettles. So armed with gloves, knives and pruners, we harvested a large amount of nettles which we brought home to cook down for a lovely mess a’ greens and we used the trimmings to make a nettle tincture. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Green Garlic]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:39:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63131/green-garlic http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63131/green-garlic Green Garlic Posted by cookinwithherbs
Green Garlic is a gourmet delight. You can't really have it unless you grow it--or live near a garlic farmer who thins it in the spring or brings it to farmers' market. These delightful early garlics are delicious and easy to prepare and are well worth growing or seeking out. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Cabbage en Escabeche]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:09:58 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63064/cabbage-en-escabeche http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63064/cabbage-en-escabeche Cabbage en Escabeche Posted by cookinwithherbs
I've been traveling around the country giving lectures on Capsicum, Herb of the Year 2016. When I do cooking demos, I often prepare one of my favorite and most delicious recipes: Cabbage en Escabeche. I have had many requests for the recipe so here it is. ]]>
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<![CDATA[How to Plant for Pollinators]]> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 12:32:39 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62987/how-to-plant-for-pollinators http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62987/how-to-plant-for-pollinators How to Plant for Pollinators Posted by WesternGardener
Celebrate National Lawn Care Month by replacing some of your lawn with pollinator-friendly plants. Lawns are nice, but some of that space could be used to attract needy pollinators to your landscape. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62987/how-to-plant-for-pollinators
<![CDATA[Spring Foraging: Wild Weeds, Herbal Harbingers and Enticing Ephemerals]]> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:15:51 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62945/spring-foraging-wild-weeds-herbal-harbingers-and-enticing-ephemerals http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62945/spring-foraging-wild-weeds-herbal-harbingers-and-enticing-ephemerals Spring Foraging: Wild Weeds, Herbal Harbingers and Enticing Ephemerals Posted by cookinwithherbs
AAhhh--it is that time of year again--spring is bustin' out all over and we gardeners are rejoicing with the first harvests of earth's offerings. Here are some photos of what I'm picking and what's for dinner; get inspired, get out there and forage, or at least graze! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62945/spring-foraging-wild-weeds-herbal-harbingers-and-enticing-ephemerals
<![CDATA[Best Garden Bush Bean Varieties]]> Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:04:24 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62808/best-garden-bush-bean-varieties http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62808/best-garden-bush-bean-varieties Best Garden Bush Bean Varieties Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
I feel that I've done injustice to bush beans by not giving them credit where credit is due. I'd like to take some time today to share with you some of our favorite bush bean varieties. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Totally Free Online Vegetable Garden Planners]]> Sun, 28 Feb 2016 15:37:29 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62641/totally-free-online-vegetable-garden-planners http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62641/totally-free-online-vegetable-garden-planners Totally Free Online Vegetable Garden Planners Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
As far as I can tell, we're all going to need a leg up. Here's where a cheat sheet comes in handy. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Recipes featuring Pulses]]> Sat, 27 Feb 2016 22:43:21 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62635/recipes-featuring-pulses http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62635/recipes-featuring-pulses Recipes featuring Pulses Posted by cookinwithherbs
Having been a vegetarian for over 40 years, I have a large repertoire of recipes featuring legumes: beans, lentils, split peas, chickpeas, etc. I have written a number of recipes using them in various blogs over the years. Here is an unpublished favorite for Tortilla Pie and links to seven recipes with pulses. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62635/recipes-featuring-pulses
<![CDATA[Grow Beans in this Year's Garden]]> Sat, 27 Feb 2016 14:22:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62620/grow-beans-in-this-years-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62620/grow-beans-in-this-years-garden Grow Beans in this Year's Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my last post I wrote about pulses being the international crop of the year and said that i would talk about some beans to grow and sources for a variety of beans. Here's a few that I have grown... and new ones for this growing season. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62620/grow-beans-in-this-years-garden
<![CDATA[International Year of Pulses]]> Sun, 21 Feb 2016 18:36:22 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62524/international-year-of-pulses http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62524/international-year-of-pulses International Year of Pulses Posted by cookinwithherbs
I love beans, lentils, split peas, chickpeas and eat them probably at least five times a week. The aforementioned are commonly known as pulses. These crops have been chosen to be featured foods to be celebrated for the year of 2016--read all about it! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62524/international-year-of-pulses
<![CDATA[8 Reasons to Plant Vegetable Starts Instead of Seeds]]> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:41:01 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62457/8-reasons-to-plant-vegetable-starts-instead-of-seeds http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62457/8-reasons-to-plant-vegetable-starts-instead-of-seeds 8 Reasons to Plant Vegetable Starts Instead of Seeds Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
Plant starts are not cheap when compared to seed packets, but they can be well worth it! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62457/8-reasons-to-plant-vegetable-starts-instead-of-seeds
<![CDATA[How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin]]> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 22:02:38 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62404/how-to-grow-a-giant-pumpkin http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62404/how-to-grow-a-giant-pumpkin How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
Remember the first time you laid eyes on a giant pumpkin? This could be your year. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62404/how-to-grow-a-giant-pumpkin
<![CDATA[Capsicum, Herb of the Year 2016]]> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 15:39:08 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62382/capsicum-herb-of-the-year-2016 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62382/capsicum-herb-of-the-year-2016 Capsicum, Herb of the Year 2016 Posted by cookinwithherbs
The International Herb Association has chosen Capsicum as Herb of the Year for 2016. I am a confessed chilehead and have been perusing seed catalogs for my favorite chiles, as well as for new selections (or new to me) to feature in this year's garden beds. See my favorites--and why they are thus so. Here's to a hot and spicy year ahead! ]]>
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