Copyright (c) 2016 en-us Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:19:57 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Go-organic category featured posts <![CDATA[Potager (Kitchen Garden) at Ballymaloe]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 15:18:45 -0500 Potager (Kitchen Garden) at Ballymaloe Posted by cookinwithherbs
The walled kitchen garden at Ballymaloe, in Shanagarry, Ireland in County Cork, provides their restaurant and cookery school with much of its produce. Come with me through the garden gate and see what a working potager looks like. ]]>
<![CDATA[Another Look at Lasagna Mulching]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:23:29 -0500 Another Look at Lasagna Mulching Posted by WesternGardener
The idea of a no-dig garden that builds rich soil sounds like a perfect solution for organic vegetable gardeners. But does lasagna mulching really work? ]]>
<![CDATA[Herbal Harvest: Basil and More...]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:42:58 -0500 Herbal Harvest: Basil and More... Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time to gather in the last basil harvest--as well as any other tender herbs--because they will go with the first frost. Here's a few things that I do with an abundance of basil. ]]>
<![CDATA[September Garden Harvest]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:48:56 -0500 September Garden Harvest Posted by cookinwithherbs
Well the late September garden is full of chiles as well as herbs to harvest and preserve... that's what I've been doing the past few days. And the annual flowers are blooming their hearts out--getting the last of the calendula flower heads and gathered the nasturtiums for a lovely, peppery vinegar. I also sowed some lettuce seeds, cold-weather spinach, cilantro,kale and radishes; I am not sure whether they will germinate and produce before the cold weather sets in, though I decided to take a chance. If they do germinate, I'll be covering them with floating row cover for sure. ]]>
<![CDATA[Last Day of Summer]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:15:16 -0500 Last Day of Summer Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is the last day of summer and tomorrow heralds the autumnal equinox. The summer garden is definitely looking like fall is in the air. See what my zone 7 Maryland garden looks like and what I'm harvesting and preserving. ]]>
<![CDATA[DeBaggio Herb Farm and Nursery]]> Sun, 04 Sep 2016 15:22:57 -0500 DeBaggio Herb Farm and Nursery Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last, though not least, I want to write about the last herb farm that we visited on our IHA field trip, DeBaggio Herb Farm and Nursery. Although they are closed for the season, they weeded their gardens and opened up for us to visit. ]]>
<![CDATA[Blooming Hill Lavender Farm]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:22:39 -0500 Blooming Hill Lavender Farm Posted by cookinwithherbs
The IHA post-conference fieldtrip went to Virginia. One of the highlights of the tour was a visit to Blooming Hill Lavender Farm with an herbal lunch catered by Kim Labash, proprietress of Loudon Valley Herbs. Cyndi and Peter Rinek are collectors of many things besides lavender and you will enjoy the photos herein of their delightful farm in Philomont, Virginia. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Green Farmacy Garden]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:04:16 -0500 The Green Farmacy Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
The Green Farmacy Garden is Dr. Jim Duke's medicinal herb teaching garden (his book the Green Pharmacy published by Rodale in 1997 has sold over a million copies) used by the Maryland University of Integrative Health, located in Fulton, Maryland. Recently, the International Herb Association went on a field trip there--read all about it here! ]]>
<![CDATA[The Blooms in June]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 15:25:10 -0500 The Blooms in June Posted by cookinwithherbs
Tomorrow is the summer solstice--the longest day of the year--and this date heralds the arrival of summer in full swing. We gardeners are diligently tending our pieces of earth, delighting in each bloom or growth spurt and anxiously awaiting the ripening of our summertime bounty. ]]>
<![CDATA[Salsa Verde with Wild Weeds]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 14:51:08 -0500 Salsa Verde with Wild Weeds Posted by cookinwithherbs
I thought for sure that I had posted the recipe for making salsa verde with botanicals foraged from in and around the garden, however I can only find my traditional one posted, which contains garden grown herbs and greens. So here is the wild weed version for those of you who requested it. ]]>
<![CDATA[Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)]]> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:40:41 -0500 Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) Posted by cookinwithherbs
Yes, it is an invasive plant and garlic mustard grows all over the place--however if you have it, you might as well eat it. It is a nutritious leafy green that tastes like a garlic-flavored green and it is yours for the harvesting. ]]>
<![CDATA[Seeds and the Art of Hitchhiking ]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 22:54:48 -0500 Seeds and the Art of Hitchhiking Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
Reproduction may be science, but seeds have hitchhiking down to an art. ]]>
<![CDATA[Wild Bergamot or Purple Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa)]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 12:33:53 -0500 Wild Bergamot or Purple Bee Balm   (Monarda fistulosa) Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last blog, I wrote about the red-flowered bee balm (Monarda didyma) and promised that I would write about wild bee balm (Monarda fistulosa). So here it is--still green--though it will be covered with lavender blooms in the next month. ]]>
<![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! ]]>