Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Thu, 28 May 2015 16:42:38 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts <![CDATA[Keeping Insect Pests Out of the Vegetable Garden]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 15:42:37 -0500 Keeping Insect Pests Out of the Vegetable Garden Posted by WesternGardener
About 90 percent of the insects you see in your garden won’t cause plants any significant harm. Here are organic tips for handling the 10 percent that do. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fickle Spring]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:32:10 -0500 Fickle Spring Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is the last day of April and tomorrow we will celebrate May Day--this past month has been cold and wily--have had the woodstove going and the plant babies covered. Hopefully May will finally bring spring for us impatient gardeners! ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant an Early Spring Container Garden]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:58:07 -0500 Plant an Early Spring Container Garden Posted by WesternGardener
The harvest for tasty greens and ripe radishes is only a few weeks away if you plant containers of some of the fastest growing edibles around. ]]>
<![CDATA[On the Road: Kraut Recipe from a Wild and Cultured Herbal Lunch Menu]]> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 20:55:44 -0500 On the Road: Kraut  Recipe from a Wild and Cultured Herbal Lunch Menu Posted by cookinwithherbs
Home again, however finishing up a few details from recent road trip. Attendees from the Medicinal Herb Workshop requested the Smoky Kale Sauerkraut recipe so here it is. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow Herbs for a Spa Experience]]> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:22:05 -0500 Grow Herbs for a  Spa Experience Posted by WesternGardener
A luxurious spa experience awaits you. All you need is The Herb Lover’s Spa Book and some fragrant herbs from your garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[15 Reasons Why You Should Plant Herbs this Year]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:49:54 -0500 15 Reasons Why You Should Plant Herbs this Year Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
If you've never grown a thing in your life -- start with herbs. ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant Green Beans Up a Teepee Trellis]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:38:43 -0500 Plant Green Beans Up a Teepee Trellis Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
Plant pole beans, garden peas, nasturtiums, black-eyed Susan vines, sweet peas, miniature pumpkins, scarlet runner beans, or birdhouse gourds at the base of bamboo poles to create a teepee trellis. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow Micro Greens Indoors--Part Two]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:15:17 -0500 How to Grow Micro Greens Indoors--Part Two Posted by WesternGardener
If you planted your micro greens with me last week, your sprouts should have already popped up with their seed leaves called cotyledons. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow Herbs with a Miniature Aquaponics System]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:43:12 -0500 Grow Herbs with a Miniature Aquaponics System Posted by WesternGardener
What do you get when you combine hydroponics with aquaculture? A self-cleaning fish tank that grows real food, without the need for any soil or fertilizer. ]]>
<![CDATA[4 Easy Steps to Your First Vegetable Garden]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:51:55 -0500 4 Easy Steps to Your First Vegetable Garden Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
All it takes is couple of successful gardening experiences to make you a vegetable gardener for the rest of your life. ]]>
<![CDATA[Pinto Beans with Savory]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:20:47 -0500 Pinto Beans with Savory Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my last blog, I spoke of Savory being Herb of the Year for 2015 and promised a warming winter recipe using it. Though a hard decision, I decided that there is nothing like a pot of beans cooked with savory (know as bohnenkraut, the bean herb in German)--so here is a simple recipe using dried pintos--and a variation on refried beans. They are wonderful in a bowl on their own or served over rice. I especially like them with cornbread accompanied by either coleslaw or wilted greens. ]]>
<![CDATA[Winter Ruminations]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:56:35 -0500 Winter Ruminations Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is the last day of January--and we are in the thick of winter weather here in zone 7 Maryland--days barely in the 30s and nights in the teens---bbbrrrhhh! Tomorrow is the first day of February which is a month of many notable dates not to mention the lengthening of days and the stirring of spring! This weekend is Imbolc on the Irish calendar and it is the celebration of midwinter. ]]>
<![CDATA[Growing Vegetables for Fun and Profit in Denver]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:15:04 -0500 Growing Vegetables for Fun and Profit in Denver Posted by WesternGardener
A new ordinance allows Denver gardeners to start a farmstand in their front yards. Urban farmers can now sell fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and even eggs in their residential neighborhoods. ]]>
<![CDATA[Seed Library Membership Has its Benefits]]> Tue, 06 Jan 2015 16:10:23 -0500 Seed Library Membership Has its Benefits Posted by WesternGardener
I just renewed my membership with the Hudson Valley Seed Library because of this year’s Community Seed offering. As a long-time vegetable gardener and satisfied library patron, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to be part of the Breed Your Own Zucchini program. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Cider Vinegar]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:11:43 -0500 Fire Cider Vinegar Posted by cookinwithherbs
This elixir is well known amongst herbalists, created by Rosemary Gladstar, and has been made by many of us for years now. December 6 was World Fire Cider Vinegar Day. Check out this easy recipe--I make this every fall after I harvest my horseradish--to use throughout the winter months for a general tonic and to help fight colds and flu. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow Tunnel Update]]> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:08:53 -0500 Grow Tunnel Update Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here it is the last day of November and I am still harvesting lettuce, spinach, arugula, cilantro, parsley, chard, kale, mustard and collard greens in my zone 7 garden. This is due to the fact that it is growing in a small grow tunnel under floating row cover--this gardener is a happy camper! ]]>
<![CDATA[Sweet Patooties are in Season!]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:36:45 -0500 Sweet Patooties are in Season! Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year again--most gardeners harvest sweet potatoes before a frost--so right now sweet potatoes are piled high on roadside stands, at farmers' markets and in the grocery store. We are seeing them everywhere since they are a popular menu item for the Thanksgiving feast. See how to store them and check out some delightful recipes... ]]>
<![CDATA[Natural Fertilizer Boosts Organic Gardening]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:35:49 -0500 Natural Fertilizer Boosts Organic Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
Organic gardeners are always on the lookout for all-natural, multi-purpose products that can be used to improve their gardening efforts. As it turns out, one old-fashioned fertilizer could be your perfect cup of tea. ]]>
<![CDATA[Jerusalem Artichokes]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:22:51 -0500 Jerusalem Artichokes Posted by cookinwithherbs
Jerusalem artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus), also referred to as sunchokes, sunroots and earth apples are edible tubers native to North America, mainly the Eastern regions. They are best dug after the first frost. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tomato-Raisin Chutney]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:40:11 -0500 Tomato-Raisin Chutney Posted by cookinwithherbs
If you still have homegrown tomatoes here is a recipe to try! We recently made this chutney for our reception at the Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring foods of the British Isles—it was my favorite recipe of the evening. The members of the Ozark Unit of the HSA prepared all of the foods after researching through many cookbooks and this recipe is adapted from a recipe from The Irish Pub Cookbook by Margaret Johnson. ]]>