Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:35:43 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts <![CDATA[Fish Peppers are Edible and Ornamental]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:22:16 -0500 Fish Peppers are Edible and Ornamental Posted by WesternGardener
Whether you have to be a small-space gardener or garden on a small scale by choice, it makes sense to grow plants with more than one feature. An heirloom hot pepper plant with a funny name offers at least two beautiful reasons to appreciate it. ]]>
<![CDATA[Purslane in the Kitchen]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:48:02 -0500 Purslane in the Kitchen Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last week, I wrote about purslane and the benefit of having it in one's garden. For those of you new to portulaca, here are a few recipe ideas using purslane. ]]>
<![CDATA[Vegetable Gardening with Container Eggplants]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:36:48 -0500 Vegetable Gardening with Container Eggplants Posted by WesternGardener
Would you like to change your vegetable viewpoint when it comes to eggplant? These miniature fruits will certainly add new interest to your small-space vegetable garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)]]> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:04:11 -0500 Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) Posted by cookinwithherbs
I decided to do this blog on one of my favorite naturalized garden weeds since it has been in the news lately. Did you know that Portulaca oleracea contains the highest amount of omega-3s of any plant in the vegetable kingdom, not to mention it is full of minerals and vitamins A and C? ]]>
<![CDATA[Online Cooking Classes for Vegetable Gardeners]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:10:25 -0500 Online Cooking Classes for Vegetable Gardeners Posted by WesternGardener
If you grow herbs, greens and assorted vegetables, chances are you’re always looking for fresh and easy recipes to help make the most of them. A new set of online cooking classes, priced at a reasonable $5 each, will surely inspire you to try something new. ]]>
<![CDATA[Monarda in the Kitchen]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 00:16:36 -0500 Monarda in the Kitchen Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last week I posted a blog about the glorious beebalm blooming in my garden. I've had some requests as to how to cook with it, so here are a few of my favorite recipes. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Repel Mosquitoes While Gardening]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:09:00 -0500 How to Repel Mosquitoes While Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
Gardening in summer can be tough enough without having to deal with annoying insects, like mosquitoes. Instead of swatting these pests away, you can serve them up as a dragonfly buffet with a Thermacell area mosquito repellent. ]]>
<![CDATA[Monarda spp.]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:55:45 -0500 Monarda spp. Posted by cookinwithherbs
Right now my beebalms, also known as monarda are ablaze with color in the garden. Their flowers have an inimitable shaggy-headed appearance which attract all sorts of pollinators. If you don't have any monardas in your garden, now is the time to plant them. They are like brightly colored firecrackers in the garden, bursting with bloom just in time for the Fourth of July. ]]>
<![CDATA[Beat the Heat--Cool Down with Mint!]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:53:02 -0500 Beat the Heat--Cool Down with Mint! Posted by cookinwithherbs
As temperatures soar outside, we need relief from the heat. Mint is a naturally cooling and refreshing herb that most of us have right in our own backyards (usually in abundance due to its rampant spreading habit). Here are a few ideas and recipes for cooling down with mint. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Plant a Milk Crate]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:48:58 -0500 How to Plant a Milk Crate Posted by WesternGardener
Would you like to grow a “crate to plate” garden? It turns out that milk crates are the perfect size for growing vegetables and herbs in a container garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Celebrate Summer! Easy Cucumber Recipes ]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:00:17 -0500 Celebrate Summer!  Easy Cucumber Recipes Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is officially the first day of summer--we celebrate the solstice and Father's Day both! The garden is revving up as is the summer heat--the salad greens are bolting--however I've picked my first two cucumbers and last night I pitted 4 quarts of sour cherries for the freezer. What's happening in you garden? Try one of these cooling cucumber recipes to welcome the season! ]]>
<![CDATA[Beginning Gardeners will Love the Seedsheet]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:23:36 -0500 Beginning Gardeners will Love the Seedsheet Posted by WesternGardener
If you’d like to plant a vegetable garden, but don’t have a clue where to start, the Seedsheet is for you. ]]>
<![CDATA[Quick and Easy White Bean Salad with Savory ]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:55:54 -0500 Quick and Easy White Bean Salad with Savory Posted by cookinwithherbs
Even though it is not officially summer on the calendar, the weather says otherwise here in Maryland--we are having a heatwave! I recently made this for Savory, Herb of the Year 2015 demo at the USBG and it was a hit. Really, it takes just about 10 minutes to make and its a great lunch or supper in this hot weather! This simple recipe is quick and easy and can be used like tuna fish or chicken salad on sandwiches or a salad plate. ]]>
<![CDATA[Perennial Egyptian Walking Onions Plant Themselves ]]> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 11:03:01 -0500 Perennial Egyptian Walking Onions Plant Themselves Posted by WesternGardener
Many gardeners plant onions in their vegetable gardens each season. But Egyptian walking onions need to be planted only once to give gardeners onions every year. ]]>
<![CDATA[Saving and Savoring, A Celebration of Rare and Endangered Plants and Herbs at U.S. Botanic Garden ]]> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 21:56:51 -0500 Saving and Savoring, A Celebration of Rare and Endangered Plants and Herbs at U.S. Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Our U.S. Botanic Garden, as well as U.S. National Arboretum, are treasure troves of plants from around the world, as well as great resources for events, programs and classes, and information about plants. The gardens change with the seasons as do the featured themes--they are great places to visit--so plan a trip to see these national treasures! ]]>
<![CDATA[Using IFTTT to Automate Your Gardening Life]]> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 13:46:29 -0500 Using IFTTT to Automate Your Gardening Life Posted by yourownvictorygarden
One of the Internet’s most powerful tools can automate your gardening life by connecting Internet services. Once you learn it, it will save you time (and possibly your plants), reduce stress, and allow you to get more done. And it’s called IFTTT. ]]>
<![CDATA[Giant Pumpkin Growing Started Small]]> Mon, 01 Jun 2015 12:25:16 -0500 Giant Pumpkin Growing Started Small Posted by WesternGardener
The giant pumpkins we see at today’s weigh-offs have their roots in contests that date back more than 150 years. If you’re dreaming of growing a giant pumpkin this season, here’s a little historical inspiration on how it all got started. ]]>
<![CDATA[Growers and Gardeners Networking ]]> Sun, 31 May 2015 22:57:12 -0500 Growers and Gardeners Networking Posted by cookinwithherbs
Recently my local farmers' market had a fundraiser at a nearby farm and it was fun and educational to visit with the friends and supporters of the market and the farmers who bring wonderful produce and products to market, not to mention there was lots of good food and beverage. Here are a few photos of garden grown produce and things new to me... ]]>
<![CDATA[Radishes and Garlics and Greens, Oh Yeah!]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 17:34:57 -0500 Radishes and Garlics and Greens, Oh Yeah! Posted by cookinwithherbs
The weather is changing from spring to summer--nights are still cool here in Maryland--however days feel like summertime hot. Greens and radishes and garlic are loving it and we are experiencing salad days in a big way! ]]>
<![CDATA[Tangy Garden Pasta Salad]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 16:09:12 -0500 Tangy Garden Pasta Salad Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
This refreshing and colorful salad is one of my go-tos when our family is invited to a summer BBQ. If you like pasta and veggies in a creamy vinegar sauce then you're going to love this. ]]>