Copyright (c) 2018 en-us Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Sun, 18 Mar 2018 06:26:26 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts <![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[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[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[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[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[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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tools for the New Year]]> Fri, 29 Dec 2017 15:58:17 -0500 Tools for the New Year Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here are a few gifts that I ask for every year--as well as a few new tools that I received this holiday season. These are items that I find essential to help me during the year, both in the garden and everyday. ]]>
<![CDATA[Early December Garden to Kitchen]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:36:09 -0500 Early December Garden to Kitchen Posted by cookinwithherbs
We have had a mild autumn/winter season thus far in my zone 7 Maryland garden. Still able to do chores in the garden and bring in bounty to create warming seasonal dishes. Time for harvesting whatever is still available, cleaning up the garden, last-minute planting, getting ready for the holidays and wood chores. What are you up to in your garden and kitchen? ]]>
<![CDATA[New Idea for Detecting Potato Growing Problems]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:51:50 -0500 New Idea for Detecting Potato Growing Problems Posted by WesternGardener
The Organic Potato Plant Detective, by Wood Prairie Family Farm, is a winner of the coveted 2018 Green Thumb Award by the Direct Gardening Association. The kit includes two different potato varieties that help growers and gardeners diagnose their potato growing problems. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sage--It's not just for turkey!]]> Sat, 25 Nov 2017 13:49:11 -0500 Sage--It's not just for turkey! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Every year when Thanksgiving rolls around, folks get out their spice jars of neglected, little used sage--albeit some buy it fresh for the holiday, and then there of those of us gardeners who grow sage--and we go out to the herb bed and cut branches to use in our dinner. Sage is the most commonly used herb in turkey stuffing... and not much else. I think of sage as a cool-weather herb and use it often as a cooking ingredient in the cold fall and winter months. ]]>
<![CDATA[Use the last of your tomato harvest to make: Tomato Bisque with Curry and Coconut Milk]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:34:47 -0500 Use the last of your tomato harvest to make: Tomato Bisque with Curry and Coconut Milk Posted by cookinwithherbs
During our recent celebration of the Herb Harvest fall Festival at the Ozark Folk Center, we had a Caribbean-influenced menu. The following soup recipe was one of the favorite menu items--and it it season appropriate--just in time to make a delicious hearty soup and use up the last of the garden harvest of summer tomatoes. Make this soup soon--you will be glad that you did! ]]>
<![CDATA[Is it Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit?]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 22:56:08 -0500 Is it Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit? Posted by cookinwithherbs
Rarebit or Rabbit--it's basically a cheese sauce over toast. I made this for the Great Hops Cookoff (had just 10 minutes) at the IHA conference and of course, I added herbs and a good hoppy IPA for maximum flavor, along with a dead ripe summer tomato. This is a quick and easy dish to make when you don't know what to have for lunch or supper and you don't feel like another sandwich. ]]>
<![CDATA[Chile Pepper Season: Here's a Trio to Try]]> Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:55:21 -0500 Chile Pepper Season: Here's a Trio to Try Posted by cookinwithherbs
Being a confessed chilehead, I have grown many varieties for over 40 years. Here are a few that might be new to you, that I think are worthwhile growing. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tomatoes with Seasonal Herbs]]> Tue, 29 Aug 2017 17:41:00 -0500 Tomatoes with Seasonal Herbs Posted by cookinwithherbs
Although the most popular herb to pair with tomatoes is basil, no contender, many other seasonal herbs combine well with these beloved juicy fruits. Besides other herb ideas, here is a tasty recipe for tomatoes with arugula and garlic chives. ]]>
<![CDATA[More Tomatoes!]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:10:17 -0500 More Tomatoes! Posted by cookinwithherbs
The tomatoes are peaking here in my Maryland zone 7 garden. A bit of cooler temps slowed them down a bit... however we are picking and eating them everyday--and sharing them. I know there are infinite ways of eating tomatoes. Besides just sliced with freshly ground sea salt and black pepper, here are a few ways that I am enjoying these mouthwatering fruits. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tomato Time!]]> Sun, 06 Aug 2017 20:47:32 -0500 Tomato Time! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Well it is that time of year again... the tomatoes have started coming in so that I feel abundantly blessed. By next week, I might feel tomato deluge. I love a dead-ripe, juicy homegrown tomato--there is nothing like it--here's a few ways that I am eating them without having to cook much. ]]>
<![CDATA[Garden Seeds, Fruits and Flowers to Watch for Now]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:46:13 -0500 Garden Seeds, Fruits and Flowers to Watch for Now Posted by cookinwithherbs
Many garden plants are already setting seed, which come in infinite shapes, sizes and textures. Want to know when to harvest? What to leave and for how long? What to remove right away? Though there are many books written on the subject of seed saving, here are some seeds, as well as a few berries and flowers you might be seeing now in your garden that are ready to gather--or just admire. ]]>
<![CDATA[You Can Grow a Lot of Hot Weather Plants Down Here in the Ozarks]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:10:53 -0500 You Can Grow a Lot of Hot Weather Plants Down Here in the Ozarks Posted by cookinwithherbs
I'm still here in the Ozarks after teaching summer folk school classes last week. This gardening season, the gardeners planted lots of plants here with the upcoming Herb Harvest Fall Festival in mind. This year the featured countries are Central America, the Caribbean basin and Mexico, so plants from those regions are growing here. Those regions of the world are hot and tropical and those plants seem to be doing well here in the Ozarks where the hot temperatures have been extreme. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Taste of Slow Food Nations]]> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:37:21 -0500 A Taste of Slow Food Nations Posted by WesternGardener
Slow Food Nations took over downtown Denver on a hot July weekend to entertain, educate and inspire about 20,000 visitors. Just like the dozens of booths lining the Taste Marketplace, here’s a festival nibble to whet your appetite. ]]>