Copyright (c) 2016 en-us Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Mon, 30 May 2016 14:30:07 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts <![CDATA[Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 13:54:23 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Finding Delight in a Cold and Soggy Spring]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 14:15:28 -0500 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? ]]>
<![CDATA[Stinging Nettles]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:59:42 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Green Garlic]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:39:00 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cabbage en Escabeche]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:09:58 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Plant for Pollinators]]> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 12:32:39 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Spring Foraging: Wild Weeds, Herbal Harbingers and Enticing Ephemerals]]> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:15:51 -0500 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! ]]>
<![CDATA[Best Garden Bush Bean Varieties]]> Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:04:24 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Totally Free Online Vegetable Garden Planners]]> Sun, 28 Feb 2016 15:37:29 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Recipes featuring Pulses]]> Sat, 27 Feb 2016 22:43:21 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow Beans in this Year's Garden]]> Sat, 27 Feb 2016 14:22:53 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[International Year of Pulses]]> Sun, 21 Feb 2016 18:36:22 -0500 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! ]]>
<![CDATA[8 Reasons to Plant Vegetable Starts Instead of Seeds]]> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:41:01 -0500 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! ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin]]> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 22:02:38 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Capsicum, Herb of the Year 2016]]> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 15:39:08 -0500 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! ]]>
<![CDATA[Hoshigaki: The Art of Drying Persimmons]]> Sat, 09 Jan 2016 04:12:37 -0500 Hoshigaki: The Art of Drying Persimmons Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last blog post, I wrote about the gift of persimmons with a recipe for persimmon mousse and a smoothie. My daughter Lucie has a persimmon tree in her backyard and after harvesting them, decided to preserve them by drying. Check out the beauty of this ancient food preservation technique... and art form! ]]>
<![CDATA[When to Harvest Vegetables ]]> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 22:55:09 -0500 When to Harvest Vegetables Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
We realize that at some point our bounty need to be harvested. But when? ]]>
<![CDATA[A Gift of Persimmons]]> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 16:49:42 -0500 A Gift of Persimmons Posted by cookinwithherbs
A few weeks ago, my daughter Lucie sent me a box of 'Hachiya' persimmons grown in her backyard in California. These sweet, delectable fruits are truly a gift--and my anticipation built as they ripened. See how to make an easy, elegant persimmon mousse with just three ingredients! ]]>
<![CDATA[Cole Play: Crops for Winter Gardening]]> Sun, 27 Dec 2015 14:21:01 -0500 Cole Play: Crops for Winter Gardening Posted by cookinwithherbs
Let me tell you, we are eating some greens here in Maryland. We've had an extremely mild winter here in the Mid-Atlantic East Coast, so the cole crops, brassicas are just honking in the garden. Floating row cover truly extends the winter growing season and I am an advocate of it. It also keeps the ever-present grazing deer and rabbits from beating me to the harvest. Here are a few inspired and delectable dishes that I have prepared from the bounty. ]]>
<![CDATA[Warming Vegetarian Chili for Winter Solstice]]> Mon, 21 Dec 2015 01:29:18 -0500 Warming Vegetarian Chili for Winter Solstice Posted by cookinwithherbs
I've been preparing this veggie chili for many years now--and so have tweaked and perfected the recipe. I recently made it at the IHA conference featuring Capsicum, Herb of the Year 2016 and I had more than a handful of folks tell me that it was the best chili that they had ever eaten. Every year, I attend a local potluck, solstice party held by some friends and I bring the chili--here is the updated recipe--be sure to try it soon! ]]>