Copyright (c) 2016 en-us Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Thu, 11 Feb 2016 03:39:45 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts <![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! ]]>
<![CDATA[Bittersweet Chocolate and Chipotle Bark with Salted Pistachios]]> Mon, 07 Dec 2015 16:14:00 -0500 Bittersweet Chocolate and Chipotle Bark with Salted Pistachios Posted by cookinwithherbs
After writing about making chocolate chipotle bark with salted pistachios, I have had requests for the recipe. I'm sharing the recipe here--it makes a brilliant gift for your favorite chilehead, chocoholic or gourmet cook! It is easy to make and one batch makes enough for two or three gifts. ]]>
<![CDATA[Easy-to-Make Holiday Gifts from Your Garden]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:41:34 -0500 Easy-to-Make Holiday Gifts from Your Garden Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
A collection of simple homemade garden crafts to give as gifts. ]]>
<![CDATA[Green Friday]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:58:15 -0500 Green Friday Posted by cookinwithherbs
While many folks were out experiencing "Black Friday"--I spent time in the out doors with family doing chores--and enjoying a beautiful day in nature. The next two days are great root moon planting days so if you haven't planted your garlic, now is a good time to do it! ]]>
<![CDATA[ All the Trimmings: Seasonal Side Dishes for the Holidays]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:58:52 -0500  All the Trimmings: Seasonal Side Dishes for the Holidays Posted by cookinwithherbs
We give thanks for the garden bounty and the farmers' markets for local organic produce and to the farmers everywhere for growing our food. Thanksgiving isn't all about turkey--here are some tasty side dish ideas to prepare for the people you love throughout the upcoming holidays. ]]>
<![CDATA[Chile Pepper Season]]> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 22:15:39 -0500 Chile Pepper Season Posted by cookinwithherbs
Just before it frosted in my Maryland zone 7 garden, we harvested all of the chiles that were mature--and some that were still green. Many chiles were snipped from the plants into buckets, however, some plants covered with small chiles were just pulled up by the roots and hung to dry. Been processing them by various methods and have saved some out in the refrigerator to bring to the IHA Conference in Florida next week. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Feed Your Community]]> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 17:07:06 -0500 How to Feed Your Community Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
Sharing vegetable and other produce with the community is an eye-opening experience for the whole family. ]]>
<![CDATA[7 Organic Mulches for the Vegetable Garden]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 20:12:05 -0500 7 Organic Mulches for the Vegetable Garden Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
Fall, winter, and early spring are all great times to lay down a little mulch blanket. While any organic mulch is appropriate for the vegetable garden, sometimes there are strategic reasons to choose one over another. ]]>
<![CDATA[Rose Hips]]> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 16:06:54 -0500 Rose Hips Posted by cookinwithherbs
If you don't grow roses and harvest their hips in your own garden, the hedgerows, overgrown pastures and woods' edge are full of wild rose hips this time of year, that are yours for the labor of harvesting. Take advantage of this free crop, which is chockablock full of vitamin C! ]]>
<![CDATA[Squash Vine Borer Guerrilla Warfare - Part II]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 06:30:00 -0500 Squash Vine Borer Guerrilla Warfare - Part II Posted by yourownvictorygarden
Keep your squash and pumpkin plants alive when they have been attacked by the squash vine borer. ]]>
<![CDATA[Squash Vine Borer Guerrilla Warfare - Part I]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 06:00:00 -0500 Squash Vine Borer Guerrilla Warfare - Part I Posted by yourownvictorygarden
Combating the squash vine borer at its beginning stages - the pupae and egg stage. ]]>
<![CDATA[Squash Vine Borer Guerrilla Warfare - Part III]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 06:00:00 -0500 Squash Vine Borer Guerrilla Warfare - Part III Posted by yourownvictorygarden
Get an upper hand in your battle against squash vine borers by eliminating the moths. ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant an Asparagus Patch]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 22:25:09 -0500 Plant an Asparagus Patch Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
You've never really tasted asparagus before if you haven't eaten it fresh from the garden. Plant your own patch of asparagus. ]]>