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 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:55:25 -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[More Tomatoes!]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:10:17 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128234/more-tomatoes http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128234/more-tomatoes 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Tomato Time!]]> Sun, 06 Aug 2017 20:47:32 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128224/tomato-time http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128224/tomato-time 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Garden Seeds, Fruits and Flowers to Watch for Now]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:46:13 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128186/garden-seeds-fruits-and-flowers-to-watch-for-now http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128186/garden-seeds-fruits-and-flowers-to-watch-for-now 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. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128186/garden-seeds-fruits-and-flowers-to-watch-for-now
<![CDATA[You Can Grow a Lot of Hot Weather Plants Down Here in the Ozarks]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:10:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128167/you-can-grow-a-lot-of-hot-weather-plants-down-here-in-the-ozarks http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128167/you-can-grow-a-lot-of-hot-weather-plants-down-here-in-the-ozarks 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. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128167/you-can-grow-a-lot-of-hot-weather-plants-down-here-in-the-ozarks
<![CDATA[A Taste of Slow Food Nations]]> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:37:21 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128151/a-taste-of-slow-food-nations http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128151/a-taste-of-slow-food-nations 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. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128151/a-taste-of-slow-food-nations
<![CDATA[Botanical Waters (Aguas Frescas): Celebrate the Season with Flavorful Healthy Beverages]]> Tue, 04 Jul 2017 22:05:22 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128127/botanical-waters-aguas-frescas-celebrate-the-season-with-flavorful-healthy-beverages http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128127/botanical-waters-aguas-frescas-celebrate-the-season-with-flavorful-healthy-beverages Botanical Waters (Aguas Frescas): Celebrate the Season with Flavorful Healthy Beverages Posted by cookinwithherbs
We are having hot weather, which means we should be hydrating a lot. I'm harvesting the mints and monardas and lemon balm and these herbs are wonderfully refreshing when infused in water. Add a little fresh seasonal fruit--and you have a fiesta in a glass--full of vitamins and minerals and delicious! I call these herb-and-fruit-infusions botanical waters or flavored waters. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128127/botanical-waters-aguas-frescas-celebrate-the-season-with-flavorful-healthy-beverages
<![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. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128018/nettles-last-harvest-until-fall
<![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. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127975/basic-vinaigrette-variations
<![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. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127941/how-to-grow-the-flavor-of-the-year
<![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. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127928/nettles-make-beautiful-soup
<![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!) ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127886/just-released-cilantro-coriander-herb-of-the-year-2017
<![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... ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127742/sure-signs-of-spring
<![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. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127689/california-farmers-markets
<![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... ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127641/favorite-gardening-tool-hori-hori-update