Copyright (c) 2016 en-us Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:32:28 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts <![CDATA[Vegetable and Herb Seeds for Valentine’s Day ]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:52:58 -0500 Vegetable and Herb Seeds for Valentine’s Day Posted by WesternGardener
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your favorite gardener some love. Candy is nice, but these seeds are sweeter. ]]>
<![CDATA[Nominate a School Garden for The Seed Keeper Project]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:09:46 -0500 Nominate a School Garden for The Seed Keeper Project Posted by WesternGardener
The Seed Keeper Project is recognizing school gardens across the country, and your school garden could be a big winner. During the next five weeks, you can nominate any school garden in your state to win a prize package to help encourage kids to keep planting, growing, and eating their vegetables. ]]>
<![CDATA[8 Reasons to Plant Vegetable Starts Instead of Seeds]]> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:41:01 -0500 8 Reasons to Plant Vegetable Starts Instead of Seeds Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
Plant starts are not cheap when compared to seed packets, but they can be well worth it! ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin]]> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 22:02:38 -0500 How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
Remember the first time you laid eyes on a giant pumpkin? This could be your year. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gardeners Dig Flower and Garden Shows]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:24:03 -0500 Gardeners Dig Flower and Garden Shows Posted by WesternGardener
The season is almost here – the flower and garden show season, that is. There’s always so much to see, do and smell that it takes planning to get it all done. Here are tips for making the most of your time at the show. ]]>
<![CDATA[Capsicum, Herb of the Year 2016]]> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 15:39:08 -0500 Capsicum, Herb of the Year 2016 Posted by cookinwithherbs
The International Herb Association has chosen Capsicum as Herb of the Year for 2016. I am a confessed chilehead and have been perusing seed catalogs for my favorite chiles, as well as for new selections (or new to me) to feature in this year's garden beds. See my favorites--and why they are thus so. Here's to a hot and spicy year ahead! ]]>
<![CDATA[Let’s Celebrate the International Year of Legumes]]> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:16:58 -0500 Let’s Celebrate the International Year of Legumes Posted by WesternGardener
Legumes are such an important food crop, the United Nations has declared 2016 the International Year of Legumes. Join us in celebrating these important plants and their fruits by adding more peas, beans and clovers to your vegetable garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Seedsheet’s Remarkable Growth]]> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 08:00:00 -0500 Seedsheet’s Remarkable Growth Posted by WesternGardener
Seedsheet started last year with the seed of an idea and a Kickstarter fundraising campaign. Vegetable gardeners responded to make the Seedsheet a big success. ]]>
<![CDATA[Hoshigaki: The Art of Drying Persimmons]]> Sat, 09 Jan 2016 04:12:37 -0500 Hoshigaki: The Art of Drying Persimmons Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last blog post, I wrote about the gift of persimmons with a recipe for persimmon mousse and a smoothie. My daughter Lucie has a persimmon tree in her backyard and after harvesting them, decided to preserve them by drying. Check out the beauty of this ancient food preservation technique... and art form! ]]>
<![CDATA[Pick a Vegetable Growing Resolution for 2016]]> Mon, 04 Jan 2016 12:27:06 -0500 Pick a Vegetable Growing Resolution for 2016 Posted by WesternGardener
Happy New Gardening Year to you! It’s normal to be both excited and overwhelmed at the prospect of planning and planting a new vegetable garden. Instead of making a long list of vegetable growing resolutions, why not just pick one of these? ]]>
<![CDATA[When to Harvest Vegetables ]]> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 22:55:09 -0500 When to Harvest Vegetables Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
We realize that at some point our bounty need to be harvested. But when? ]]>
<![CDATA[A Gift of Persimmons]]> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 16:49:42 -0500 A Gift of Persimmons Posted by cookinwithherbs
A few weeks ago, my daughter Lucie sent me a box of 'Hachiya' persimmons grown in her backyard in California. These sweet, delectable fruits are truly a gift--and my anticipation built as they ripened. See how to make an easy, elegant persimmon mousse with just three ingredients! ]]>
<![CDATA[Cole Play: Crops for Winter Gardening]]> Sun, 27 Dec 2015 14:21:01 -0500 Cole Play: Crops for Winter Gardening Posted by cookinwithherbs
Let me tell you, we are eating some greens here in Maryland. We've had an extremely mild winter here in the Mid-Atlantic East Coast, so the cole crops, brassicas are just honking in the garden. Floating row cover truly extends the winter growing season and I am an advocate of it. It also keeps the ever-present grazing deer and rabbits from beating me to the harvest. Here are a few inspired and delectable dishes that I have prepared from the bounty. ]]>
<![CDATA[Edible Gifts from the Vegetable Garden]]> Sun, 20 Dec 2015 08:00:00 -0500 Edible Gifts from the Vegetable Garden Posted by WesternGardener
If you’re looking for some simple last-minute gifts for the holiday season, look no farther than your vegetable or herb garden. Dried herbs, peppers and winter produce are edible gifts that are especially appreciated this time of year. ]]>
<![CDATA[Deep-Rooted Wisdom Book Review]]> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 12:09:43 -0500 Deep-Rooted Wisdom Book Review Posted by WesternGardener
In "Deep-Rooted Wisdom," Jenks Farmer asks readers “Who taught you to garden?” If you weren’t the beneficiary of gardening knowledge from family members or neighbors, you’ll appreciate the lessons from this book. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cardone is a Special Vegetable]]> Mon, 07 Dec 2015 12:54:53 -0500 Cardone is a Special Vegetable Posted by WesternGardener
Cardone, also called cardoon, is a vegetable that looks like celery, needs cooking before eating and is considered a delicacy at Christmas time. ]]>
<![CDATA[Heirloom Harvest Preserves the Beauty of Vegetables]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 08:00:00 -0500 Heirloom Harvest Preserves the Beauty of Vegetables Posted by WesternGardener
Year after year vegetable gardeners strive to grow the most colorful vegetables including yellow peppers, purple eggplants, orange pumpkins and ripe-red tomatoes. But after spending time lost among the silvery images in Amy Goldman’s new book, you’ll never look at vegetables the same way. ]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Gift Ideas For Veggie Gardeners 2015]]> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 07:00:00 -0500 Holiday Gift Ideas For Veggie Gardeners 2015 Posted by yourownvictorygarden
Here are some great holiday gift ideas for the veggie gardener on your list. ]]>
<![CDATA[Green Friday]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:58:15 -0500 Green Friday Posted by cookinwithherbs
While many folks were out experiencing "Black Friday"--I spent time in the out doors with family doing chores--and enjoying a beautiful day in nature. The next two days are great root moon planting days so if you haven't planted your garlic, now is a good time to do it! ]]>
<![CDATA[ All the Trimmings: Seasonal Side Dishes for the Holidays]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:58:52 -0500  All the Trimmings: Seasonal Side Dishes for the Holidays Posted by cookinwithherbs
We give thanks for the garden bounty and the farmers' markets for local organic produce and to the farmers everywhere for growing our food. Thanksgiving isn't all about turkey--here are some tasty side dish ideas to prepare for the people you love throughout the upcoming holidays. ]]>