Copyright (c) 2017 VegetableGardener.com en-us Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts http://www.vegetablegardener.com/go-organic Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:07:27 -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[Summer Solstice in the Garden]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:47:41 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128100/summer-solstice-in-the-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128100/summer-solstice-in-the-garden Summer Solstice in the Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is the longest day of the year--15 hours and 18 minutes to be exact. It is the official beginning of summer on the calendar, however, many of our gardens have already begun to produce summer bounty. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Nettles: Last Harvest until Fall]]> Sun, 11 Jun 2017 18:47:11 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128018/nettles-last-harvest-until-fall http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128018/nettles-last-harvest-until-fall Nettles: Last Harvest until Fall Posted by cookinwithherbs
Once nettles flower and set seed, most sources say they are too bitter to eat and that the leaves become stringy and gritty with calcium oxalate. Right now I am after the seeds so I can make gomasio and also I want to cut them back so that I will have a fall crop. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Basic Vinaigrette & Variations]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 15:58:32 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127975/basic-vinaigrette-variations http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127975/basic-vinaigrette-variations Basic Vinaigrette & Variations Posted by cookinwithherbs
Vinaigrettes are so easy to make and are far better than store-bought bottled dressings. This is my "little black dress" dressing--my family's favorite--simple and tasteful. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Salad Days]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 14:48:40 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127957/salad-days http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127957/salad-days Salad Days Posted by cookinwithherbs
Spring is one of my favorite seasons--not just for the abounding, burgeoning green--the gustatory delights are bountiful too! There is nothing like a variety of fresh grown greens, just harvested, washed quickly and served immediately, dressed very simply. Right now, the palate is assuaged with all of the tastes since salad greens run the gamut from sweet to sour and bitter and are full of mineral salts. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Mother Earth News Guide to Vegetable Gardening ]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 12:39:23 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127950/mother-earth-news-guide-to-vegetable-gardening http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127950/mother-earth-news-guide-to-vegetable-gardening Mother Earth News Guide to Vegetable Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
If you’re a fan of Mother Earth News magazine, you’ll relish the new Guide to Vegetable Gardening. This book is a collection of dozens of vegetable growing articles, written by well-known experts, that first appeared in the magazine. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127950/mother-earth-news-guide-to-vegetable-gardening
<![CDATA[How to Grow the Flavor of the Year]]> Tue, 02 May 2017 08:43:21 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127941/how-to-grow-the-flavor-of-the-year http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127941/how-to-grow-the-flavor-of-the-year How to Grow the Flavor of the Year Posted by WesternGardener
Cucumbers have been around for more than 3,000 years, and they’re finally getting the recognition they deserve. Whether you grow full-size beauties or container-size munchers, you can grow the 2017 Flavor of the Year in your vegetable garden. Here’s how. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Nettles Make Beautiful Soup!]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:00:15 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127928/nettles-make-beautiful-soup http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127928/nettles-make-beautiful-soup 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Seasonal Foods for Spring: Strawberries & Rhubarb]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:43:36 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127900/seasonal-foods-for-spring-strawberries-rhubarb http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127900/seasonal-foods-for-spring-strawberries-rhubarb 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. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127900/seasonal-foods-for-spring-strawberries-rhubarb
<![CDATA[Just Released: Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:26:30 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127886/just-released-cilantro-coriander-herb-of-the-year-2017 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127886/just-released-cilantro-coriander-herb-of-the-year-2017 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!) ]]>
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<![CDATA[Pansies]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:45:17 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127781/pansies http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127781/pansies 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Sure Signs of Spring]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:16:07 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127742/sure-signs-of-spring http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127742/sure-signs-of-spring 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... ]]>
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<![CDATA[California Farmers' Markets]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:17:33 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127689/california-farmers-markets http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127689/california-farmers-markets 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Coastal California]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:27:26 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127663/coastal-california http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127663/coastal-california Coastal California Posted by cookinwithherbs
On my recent visit to California, I hiked in the majestic redwood forest, walked on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean, and visited gardens from the San Francisco Botanic Garden to the arboretum at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Come take a little trip with me... ]]>
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<![CDATA[ Favorite Gardening Tool: Hori Hori Update]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 01:02:11 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127641/favorite-gardening-tool-hori-hori-update http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127641/favorite-gardening-tool-hori-hori-update  Favorite Gardening Tool: Hori Hori Update Posted by cookinwithherbs
I've had my hori hori (Japanese weeding knife) for more than 25 years. It is the tool that I use most often in the garden other than my Felcos. I have bought many of these useful tools for gifts. This past summer I went online to order one for a gift and found a new and improved model... read all about it... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Cilantro & Citrus--Great Salad Combo!]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:58:41 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127628/cilantro-citrus-great-salad-combo http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127628/cilantro-citrus-great-salad-combo Cilantro & Citrus--Great Salad Combo! Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is January and here in my zone 7 garden, my fall-sown coriander seed is still producing cilantro leaves. While they are not huge and hearty as they are in spring and fall--I am still gathering fresh leaves to brighten winter salads. Here is one of my favorite salad recipes. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:19:46 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127623/cilantro-coriander-herb-of-the-year-2017 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127623/cilantro-coriander-herb-of-the-year-2017 Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017 Posted by cookinwithherbs
This year we celebrate Cilantro & Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) as Herb of the Year 2017. The leaf of the coriander plant is known as cilantro throughout much of the western world. It is often called coriander leaf and Chinese parsley in other parts of the globe. The seed is known as coriander and has been used as a spice--from as far back as the ancient Egyptians and was mentioned in the Bible. It's time to order your seed to have it in time for early spring planting! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Seed Catalogs for 2017]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:52:18 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127610/seed-catalogs-for-2017 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127610/seed-catalogs-for-2017 Seed Catalogs for 2017 Posted by cookinwithherbs
My first seed catalog for 2017 arrived before Christmas. I enjoy sitting by the woodstove with the catalogs and perusing the photos and descriptions of mouthwatering herbs, vegetables and fruits, dreaming of this year's garden-to-be. Admittedly, I have been receiving fewer catalogs every year since I tend not to order from many of them--and I am sure seed companies need to save the expense of printing and shipping color catalogs to folks who don't place orders. Here are a few that I will be ordering from soon--as well as a few that I order from online. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Cucurbitas: Winter Squash and Pumpkins]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:36:50 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127494/cucurbitas-winter-squash-and-pumpkins http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127494/cucurbitas-winter-squash-and-pumpkins Cucurbitas: Winter Squash and Pumpkins Posted by cookinwithherbs
One of the best things about fall and winter seasons is that we get to eat seasonal foods--root vegetables, winter squash and pumpkins, brassicas, cool-weather greens, apples, pears, pomegranates, persimmons, all sorts of nuts and more. Most of these foods store well, so we are able to enjoy them during the cold weather. I especially like winter squash and pumpkin; their bright orange and yellow flesh brightens our meals and nourishes us. Here are a few that I have grown, or are easy to get at your farmers' markets, local farm stands, organic markets and even the grocery store. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Sweet Potatoes and Apples]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:45:04 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127470/sweet-potatoes-and-apples http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127470/sweet-potatoes-and-apples Sweet Potatoes and Apples Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year that we want to eat warming comfort foods. I try to use vegetables, fruits and nuts that are in season. This recipe features two of my favorites--sweet potatoes and apples--in a simple yet scrumptious dish. It is easily prepared in a crockpot, although it can be made in a dutch oven or covered casserole in the oven. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Have you planted your garlic yet?]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:56:33 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/122135/have-you-planted-your-garlic-yet http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/122135/have-you-planted-your-garlic-yet Have you planted your garlic yet? Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year again... as the leaves begin to fall, it is time to think about getting your garlic bed ready to plant. It is so worthwhile to grow your own because there is such a vast array of types to choose from, which you just cannot get at the grocery store. I personally prefer hardnecks over softnecks, although I always grow some of each for their flavor and for storage. ]]>
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