Copyright (c) 2016 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, 02 Dec 2016 23:45:15 -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[Cucurbitas: Winter Squash and Pumpkins]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:36:50 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127494/cucurbitas-winter-squash-and-pumpkins http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127494/cucurbitas-winter-squash-and-pumpkins Cucurbitas: Winter Squash and Pumpkins Posted by cookinwithherbs
One of the best things about fall and winter seasons is that we get to eat seasonal foods--root vegetables, winter squash and pumpkins, brassicas, cool-weather greens, apples, pears, pomegranates, persimmons, all sorts of nuts and more. Most of these foods store well, so we are able to enjoy them during the cold weather. I especially like winter squash and pumpkin; their bright orange and yellow flesh brightens our meals and nourishes us. Here are a few that I have grown, or are easy to get at your farmers' markets, local farm stands, organic markets and even the grocery store. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Sweet Potatoes and Apples]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:45:04 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127470/sweet-potatoes-and-apples http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127470/sweet-potatoes-and-apples Sweet Potatoes and Apples Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year that we want to eat warming comfort foods. I try to use vegetables, fruits and nuts that are in season. This recipe features two of my favorites--sweet potatoes and apples--in a simple yet scrumptious dish. It is easily prepared in a crockpot, although it can be made in a dutch oven or covered casserole in the oven. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Have you planted your garlic yet?]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:56:33 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/122135/have-you-planted-your-garlic-yet http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/122135/have-you-planted-your-garlic-yet Have you planted your garlic yet? Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year again... as the leaves begin to fall, it is time to think about getting your garlic bed ready to plant. It is so worthwhile to grow your own because there is such a vast array of types to choose from, which you just cannot get at the grocery store. I personally prefer hardnecks over softnecks, although I always grow some of each for their flavor and for storage. ]]>
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<![CDATA[The Burren Perfumery Garden]]> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:20:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/109049/the-burren-perfumery-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/109049/the-burren-perfumery-garden The Burren Perfumery Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here's one last garden for you to see from my recent trip to Ireland, the Burren Perfumery. It is a unique and lovely place to visit with its shop full of fragrant botanical products, informational video of the burren and its plants, soap room, distillery, cafe and herb gardens. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Another Look at Lasagna Mulching]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:23:29 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64961/another-look-at-lasagna-mulching http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64961/another-look-at-lasagna-mulching 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? ]]>
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<![CDATA[Herbal Harvest: Basil and More...]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:42:58 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64756/herbal-harvest-basil-and-more http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64756/herbal-harvest-basil-and-more 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[September Garden Harvest]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:48:56 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64680/september-garden-harvest http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64680/september-garden-harvest 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Last Day of Summer]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:15:16 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64627/last-day-of-summer http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64627/last-day-of-summer 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[DeBaggio Herb Farm and Nursery]]> Sun, 04 Sep 2016 15:22:57 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64461/debaggio-herb-farm-and-nursery http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64461/debaggio-herb-farm-and-nursery 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Blooming Hill Lavender Farm]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:22:39 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64434/blooming-hill-lavender-farm http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64434/blooming-hill-lavender-farm 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[The Green Farmacy Garden]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:04:16 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64358/the-green-farmacy-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64358/the-green-farmacy-garden 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! ]]>
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<![CDATA[The Blooms in June]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 15:25:10 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63512/the-blooms-in-june http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63512/the-blooms-in-june 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Salsa Verde with Wild Weeds]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 14:51:08 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63498/salsa-verde-with-wild-weeds http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63498/salsa-verde-with-wild-weeds 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)]]> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:40:41 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63477/garlic-mustard-alliaria-petiolata http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63477/garlic-mustard-alliaria-petiolata 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Seeds and the Art of Hitchhiking ]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 22:54:48 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63426/seeds-and-the-art-of-hitchhiking http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63426/seeds-and-the-art-of-hitchhiking Seeds and the Art of Hitchhiking Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
Reproduction may be science, but seeds have hitchhiking down to an art. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Wild Bergamot or Purple Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa)]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 12:33:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63420/wild-bergamot-or-purple-bee-balm-monarda-fistulosa http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63420/wild-bergamot-or-purple-bee-balm-monarda-fistulosa 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 13:54:23 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63397/bee-balm-monarda-didyma http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63397/bee-balm-monarda-didyma 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Finding Delight in a Cold and Soggy Spring]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 14:15:28 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63358/finding-delight-in-a-cold-and-soggy-spring http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63358/finding-delight-in-a-cold-and-soggy-spring 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? ]]>
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<![CDATA[Stinging Nettles]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:59:42 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63164/stinging-nettles http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63164/stinging-nettles 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Green Garlic]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:39:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63131/green-garlic http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63131/green-garlic 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. ]]>
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