Copyright (c) 2016 en-us Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts Thu, 30 Jun 2016 02:05:35 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Grow category featured posts <![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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Seeds and the Art of Hitchhiking ]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 22:54:48 -0500 Seeds and the Art of Hitchhiking Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
Reproduction may be science, but seeds have hitchhiking down to an art. ]]>
<![CDATA[Wild Bergamot or Purple Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa)]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 12:33:53 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 13:54:23 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Tara Nolan, Raised Bed Revolutionary]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 16:25:07 -0500 Meet Tara Nolan, Raised Bed Revolutionary Posted by WesternGardener
Tara Nolan knows how to raise the profile of a traditional vegetable garden into something special. Her new book leads the charge for gardeners wanting to join the "Raised Bed Revolution." ]]>
<![CDATA[Finding Delight in a Cold and Soggy Spring]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 14:15:28 -0500 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? ]]>
<![CDATA[New Recipe Ideas for Garden Vegetables]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 13:08:50 -0500 New Recipe Ideas for Garden Vegetables Posted by WesternGardener
At a recent vegetable gardening event, guests sampled a variety of recipes meant to stretch a gardener’s creativity and a food lover’s palate. Here are new ways to enjoy some of your favorite garden vegetables, with a twist. ]]>
<![CDATA[Vegetable Garden Planner for Confusing Climates]]> Mon, 09 May 2016 11:22:50 -0500 Vegetable Garden Planner for Confusing Climates Posted by WesternGardener
Have you ever wondered when to start your vegetable seeds indoors? Puzzled over when to plant the spring or fall vegetable garden? Then Clyde’s Garden Planner is the tool for you. ]]>
<![CDATA[Botanizing in the Ozarks]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 14:17:08 -0500 Botanizing in the Ozarks Posted by cookinwithherbs
I'm here again in the Ozarks--one of my favorite places for herborizing. This weekend there will be a Wild Weeds hike and Medicinal Herb Seminar at the Ozark Folk Center for those of you who want to learn more about our wild plants and their virtues. ]]>
<![CDATA[Take a Tour of Baker Creek's Spring Planting Festival ]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 16:05:30 -0500 Take a Tour of Baker Creek's Spring Planting Festival Posted by WesternGardener
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds celebrated its 16th annual Spring Planting Festival in style. Thousands of vegetable gardeners spent May 1 and 2 shopping for heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs to signal the start of the 2016 vegetable gardening season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Stinging Nettles]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:59:42 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Green Garlic]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:39:00 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Choose Tomatoes for your Garden]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:33:42 -0500 How to Choose Tomatoes for your Garden Posted by WesternGardener
It’s safe to say there are more kinds of tomatoes to plant this year than ever before. With so many old heirlooms, new cultivars and special hybrids on the market these days, how can a vegetable gardener decide what to plant? ]]>
<![CDATA[Cabbage en Escabeche]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:09:58 -0500 Cabbage en Escabeche Posted by cookinwithherbs
I've been traveling around the country giving lectures on Capsicum, Herb of the Year 2016. When I do cooking demos, I often prepare one of my favorite and most delicious recipes: Cabbage en Escabeche. I have had many requests for the recipe so here it is. ]]>