Copyright (c) 2016 en-us Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:48:07 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts <![CDATA[Holiday Gift Ideas For Veggie Gardeners 2016]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:00:00 -0500 Holiday Gift Ideas For Veggie Gardeners 2016 Posted by yourownvictorygarden
Here are some great holiday gift ideas for the veggie gardener on your list. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cucurbitas: Winter Squash and Pumpkins]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:36:50 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Be a Happy Gardener]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:54:31 -0500 How to Be a Happy Gardener Posted by WesternGardener
Late Bloomer, by Jan Coppola Bills, arrives just in time to encourage gardeners to ignore their sore backs and bad knees so they can keep gardening. Her helpful gardening book is a hybrid that mixes practical how-to tips with a lifetime of garden philosophy. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sweet Potatoes and Apples]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:45:04 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tips for Keeping a Waste Free Kitchen]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:29:06 -0500 Tips for Keeping a Waste Free Kitchen Posted by WesternGardener
This holiday season is the ideal time to rethink your approach to cooking and eating. It’s easy to get started with "Waste Free Kitchen Handbook" by Dana Gunders. ]]>
<![CDATA[Mauro Seed’s Growing Mission]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 07:00:00 -0500 Mauro Seed’s Growing Mission Posted by WesternGardener
Mauro Seed is a family-owned business with a single mission at its core: Giving. For every heirloom seed packet the company sells, one packet is donated to someone in need. In recognition of Mauro Seed’s commitment to helping others, the Tennessean and USA Today Network recently presented Dave Mauro with a 2016 Your Town Nashville Award for businesses that do good work in the community. ]]>
<![CDATA[Have you planted your garlic yet?]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:56:33 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Burren Perfumery Garden]]> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:20:53 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gardening by the Moon]]> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 11:42:13 -0500 Gardening by the Moon Posted by WesternGardener
Even though it’s November, there may be time for some vegetable planting, especially if you believe in gardening by the moon. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Start a Food Swap]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:28:30 -0500 How to Start a Food Swap Posted by WesternGardener
Do you have a hankering to put more homemade edibles on your pantry shelf while building community at the same time? Then it’s time to learn how to start a food swap. ]]>
<![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[Quinoa ]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:22:40 -0500 Quinoa Posted by cookinwithherbs
Quinoa is another food indigenous to South America domesticated as a food crop 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. We are seeing more and more recipes using this crunchy, nutritive grain. This tasty salad is easy and quick to prepare. ]]>
<![CDATA[Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring Plants of South America]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:29:39 -0500 Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring Plants of South America Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last weekend, we celebrated the 27th annual Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring the foods of South America at the Ozark Folk Center. Learn about some of the foods indigenous to this continent--you might be surprised! ]]>
<![CDATA[Top Tomato Choices for 2016]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:53:01 -0500 Top Tomato Choices for 2016 Posted by WesternGardener
The end of summer is a good time to evaluate what grew well in the garden and make a few notes for next season. Here's my tomato roundup for 2016. ]]>
<![CDATA[Save Tomato Seeds the Easy Way]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0500 Save Tomato Seeds the Easy Way Posted by WesternGardener
I've found a way to save heirloom tomatoes that takes a few minutes, but yields great results. All you need is a paper towel and a pen. ]]>
<![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[Grow Ghost Peppers for Heat and Flavor]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:21:16 -0500 Grow Ghost Peppers for Heat and Flavor Posted by WesternGardener
Bhut Jolokia, also called the Ghost Pepper, is one of the hottest peppers in the world. At more than 1,000,000 Scoville Heat Units, vegetable gardeners are warned to be careful growing, handling, and eating them. ]]>
<![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[Small Batch Fermentation Made Simple]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:14:12 -0500 Small Batch Fermentation Made Simple Posted by WesternGardener
Fermenting is the age-old method for preserving fruits and vegetables and making pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi and more. Here's a DIY fermenting kit to help vegetable gardeners get started with small batches of tasty, healthy foods. ]]>