Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:20:40 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts <![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. ]]>
<![CDATA[5 Ways to Garden Together as a Family]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:48:58 -0500 5 Ways to Garden Together as a Family Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
Gardening as a family let's you create lasting memories and offers more opportunities to connect with one another. ]]>
<![CDATA[10 Garden Basil Varieties ]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:42:59 -0500 10 Garden Basil Varieties Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
There's enough basil varieties to plant a garden dedicated to them. ]]>
<![CDATA[Green Chile Season]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:19:54 -0500 Green Chile Season Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year again--the green chiles are here! The Hatch chile tractor trailers has been pulling into towns across the nation to deliver these glorious New Mexico capsicums. I also have them in my garden, however I get a case to freeze so I can have my capsaicin fix all winter long. Here are a few favorite ways to use them. ]]>
<![CDATA[Purslane in the Kitchen]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:48:02 -0500 Purslane in the Kitchen Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last week, I wrote about purslane and the benefit of having it in one's garden. For those of you new to portulaca, here are a few recipe ideas using purslane. ]]>
<![CDATA[Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)]]> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:04:11 -0500 Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) Posted by cookinwithherbs
I decided to do this blog on one of my favorite naturalized garden weeds since it has been in the news lately. Did you know that Portulaca oleracea contains the highest amount of omega-3s of any plant in the vegetable kingdom, not to mention it is full of minerals and vitamins A and C? ]]>
<![CDATA[Monarda in the Kitchen]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 00:16:36 -0500 Monarda in the Kitchen Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last week I posted a blog about the glorious beebalm blooming in my garden. I've had some requests as to how to cook with it, so here are a few of my favorite recipes. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Repel Mosquitoes While Gardening]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:09:00 -0500 How to Repel Mosquitoes While Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
Gardening in summer can be tough enough without having to deal with annoying insects, like mosquitoes. Instead of swatting these pests away, you can serve them up as a dragonfly buffet with a Thermacell area mosquito repellent. ]]>
<![CDATA[Monarda spp.]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:55:45 -0500 Monarda spp. Posted by cookinwithherbs
Right now my beebalms, also known as monarda are ablaze with color in the garden. Their flowers have an inimitable shaggy-headed appearance which attract all sorts of pollinators. If you don't have any monardas in your garden, now is the time to plant them. They are like brightly colored firecrackers in the garden, bursting with bloom just in time for the Fourth of July. ]]>
<![CDATA[9 Tips for Growing Vegetables in Window Boxes]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:43:49 -0500 9 Tips for Growing Vegetables in Window Boxes Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
I've been very happy with these pint-sized veggie gardens as long as I remember that they can require a little special attention on occasion. ]]>
<![CDATA[Peat Moss Alternatives]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:21:53 -0500 Peat Moss Alternatives Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
The fact that gardeners have enjoyed a long love affair with peat moss is completely understandable. Here's the problem. ]]>