Copyright (c) 2016 en-us Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:23:05 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts <![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[Flourish! Inside and Out at the U.S. Botanic Garden]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:07:25 -0500 Flourish! Inside and Out at the U.S. Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Even though it has been really hot, I've been visiting gardens this summer--so I'm going to share some of them with you in the next few blogs. This year's exhibit inside and outside at the USBG is colorful and aesthetically delightful--might be one of my favorite outdoor displays there ever--check it out! ]]>
<![CDATA[Candyland Tomatoes Make a Sweet Garden Treat]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:45:13 -0500 Candyland Tomatoes Make a Sweet Garden Treat Posted by WesternGardener
One of the newest award winners from All-America Selections is a currant-size tomato named for the classic children’s board game. These tomatoes are sweet and fun to grow. ]]>
<![CDATA[It's Time to Celebrate Tomatoes]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:00:39 -0500 It's Time to Celebrate Tomatoes Posted by WesternGardener
A tomato fest was the perfect way to celebrate National Farmers Market Week in Longmont, Colo. From tomato taste-off to specialty tomato recipes, it was a day to show some love to one of our all-time favorite fruits. ]]>
<![CDATA[How Eggplant Got its Name]]> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:30:12 -0500 How Eggplant Got its Name Posted by WesternGardener
It’s easy to take for granted the vegetables we grow in our gardens today. But each one started as a wild plant that needed to be tamed. Here’s how eggplants found their way into our vegetable gardens. ]]>
<![CDATA[Measuring the Miracle in Miracle Plant Foods ]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 15:57:36 -0500 Measuring the Miracle in Miracle Plant Foods Posted by WesternGardener
This gardening season I tested the marketing claims made by three different companies in side-by-side trials. Were the results exceptional and miraculous? Was I able to grow more beautiful plants? Here’s what I found. ]]>
<![CDATA[Summer Bounty]]> Sun, 31 Jul 2016 17:59:54 -0500 Summer Bounty Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year when we are reaping the harvest--benefiting from all of our earlier hard labor--and approaching a vegetable glut! Hot weather makes us want to cook less, so think about making salads in the morning or on the weekend to have for supper, then you just need to slice some tomatoes and cucumbers and maybe steam some corn. Enjoy the bounty now! ]]>
<![CDATA[ The Aromatherapy Garden--Book Review]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 17:01:58 -0500  The Aromatherapy Garden--Book Review Posted by cookinwithherbs
If you are a gardener who enjoys fragrant plants, then Kathi Keville's new book The Aromatherapy Garden: Growing Fragrant Plants for Happiness and Well-Being, should be on your reading list! ]]>
<![CDATA[Make Fresh Summer Drinks with Shrubs]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:46:28 -0500 Make Fresh Summer Drinks with Shrubs Posted by WesternGardener
One of the ways folks preserved their fresh fruits in Colonial times was by making shrubs, a fruit, sugar and vinegar drink they could spike with brandy or rum. It's time for these old-fashioned drinks to make a delicious comeback. ]]>
<![CDATA[July in the Garden]]> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 17:00:43 -0500 July in the Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Summer is full on and the garden is growing in leaps and bounds. Here in Maryland, we have had pretty great weather--our days have been in the upper 80s rather than the usual 90s and so I can't... ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Enjoy The Cocktail Hour Garden]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:17:07 -0500 How to Enjoy The Cocktail Hour Garden Posted by WesternGardener
After all those hours planting and tending the vegetable and herb garden, it’s finally time to start enjoying it. C.L. Fornari’s newest book offers ideas for putting garden-fresh herbs to delicious use – with a twist. ]]>
<![CDATA[Herb Gardening with Cuban Oregano]]> Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:33:07 -0500 Herb Gardening with Cuban Oregano Posted by WesternGardener
Cuban oregano is an easy-to-grow herb that goes by many names and has an especially distinctive flavor. Besides being a tasty replacement for regular oregano, the succulent leaves can be used as a natural insect repellant. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sights and Sounds of July in the Garden ]]> Sun, 03 Jul 2016 15:04:51 -0500 Sights and Sounds of July in the Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
The garden is getting into full swing now; plants are finally established and many are flowering or just beginning to fruit. This is one of my favorite times of being a gardener--the garden is still looking good, sort of tidy and not too weedy (versus the unkempt look of late summer and fall)--and still anticipating the first ripe tomato and hot chile pepper. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gardeners Dig Country Living]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:58:18 -0500 Gardeners Dig Country Living Posted by WesternGardener
Fans of the country lifestyle flock together every year to celebrate a simpler way of life. The fair in Rhinebeck, N.Y., in early June offered vegetable gardeners something old, something new, something edible that’s blue. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Culinary Herbal for Vegetable Gardeners]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:50:13 -0500 The Culinary Herbal for Vegetable Gardeners Posted by WesternGardener
A vegetable garden isn’t complete without a good selection of culinary herbs growing side-by-side. In Susan Belsinger’s new book,’s own flavor artist helps gardeners find ways to grow and preserve 97 flavorful herbs. ]]>
<![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[Rosies Workwear Ready for Gardening]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:50:05 -0500 Rosies Workwear Ready for Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
I’d never owned a pair of bib overalls until I heard from Rosies Workwear for Women. These comfortable gardening overalls and coveralls are specially made for any woman who has a “can-do attitude.” ]]>
<![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[Great Gardening Gifts for Father's Day]]> Tue, 07 Jun 2016 08:36:07 -0500 Great Gardening Gifts for Father's Day Posted by WesternGardener
If the guy in your life spends most of the summer tending the vegetable garden, why not give him a hand? As in hand him a few new gardening tools like these. ]]>