Copyright (c) 2018 VegetableGardener.com en-us Vegetable Gardener - Living category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Living category featured posts http://www.vegetablegardener.com/living Mon, 23 Jul 2018 02:36:28 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Living category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Living category featured posts http://www.vegetablegardener.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.vegetablegardener.com/living <![CDATA[Bee Balm works for Insect Stings]]> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:36:12 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129006/bee-balm-works-for-insect-stings http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129006/bee-balm-works-for-insect-stings Bee Balm works for Insect Stings Posted by cookinwithherbs
Monarda fistulosa isn't just called bee balm because it attracts bees and other pollinators--it also helps to ease their stings. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Celebrate the Summer Solstice]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:29:11 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128992/celebrate-the-summer-solstice http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128992/celebrate-the-summer-solstice Celebrate the Summer Solstice Posted by cookinwithherbs
Every year, the cycle of the seasons rolls around and we look forward to June 21st as we celebrate the Summer Solstice, which officially signals the first day of summer. The sun reaches its zenith in the sky; it is the day of longest light and the shortest night. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Weeds: The Gardener's Never-Ending Task]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 13:33:47 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128976/weeds-the-gardeners-never-ending-task http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128976/weeds-the-gardeners-never-ending-task Weeds: The Gardener's Never-Ending Task Posted by cookinwithherbs
We have had lots of rain here in my Maryland, zone 7 garden. And with the rain, the weeds and grass have grown in leaps and bounds--way bigger than all of the carefully planted vegetables, herbs and flowers. So I spent the last three days weeding, which gave me lots of time to reflect on the subject. ]]>
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<![CDATA[How to Create a Dream Pillow from Dried Herbs]]> Wed, 30 May 2018 22:55:55 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128949/how-to-create-a-dream-pillow-from-dried-herbs http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128949/how-to-create-a-dream-pillow-from-dried-herbs How to Create a Dream Pillow from Dried Herbs Posted by cookinwithherbs
Hops have been used for centuries to brew beers and in infusions for medicinal purposes, however hops have many other uses as you can see in the following recipe for creating your own dream pillow. Herb Society of America members had a hands-on project last week where folks could make their own dream pillows and it was very popular. After a long day of gardening or a hard day at work, relax in a hot tub and then hop into bed with a dream pillow and sweet dreams! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128949/how-to-create-a-dream-pillow-from-dried-herbs
<![CDATA[United States National Arboretum Celebrates Hops, Herb of the Year 2018]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 08:15:38 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128923/united-states-national-arboretum-celebrates-hops-herb-of-the-year-2018 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128923/united-states-national-arboretum-celebrates-hops-herb-of-the-year-2018 United States National Arboretum Celebrates Hops, Herb of the Year 2018 Posted by cookinwithherbs
Once a month, during the gardening season the Herb Society of America sponsors "Under the "Arbor", a series of herb-related events held at the US National Arboretum. Last weekend we celebrated Hops, Herb of the Year 2018 with hands-on demos, educational displays and lots of hoppy tastings. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Fickle Spring]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:04:22 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128836/fickle-spring http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128836/fickle-spring Fickle Spring Posted by cookinwithherbs
This has been a topsy-turvy spring weather wise—-Mother Nature has certainly given us a rollercoaster ride of temperatures from 82 degrees one day plummeting to freezing the next day. Bringing the Bonnie Raitt song to mind “Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About…” Because what else would we gardeners, as well as neighborhood folks at our local businesses, not to mention the national weather forecasters talk about… if it weren’t for the weather?! Aahhh, the fickleness of spring! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Buttermilk Biscuits with Scallions or Chives and Cheddar]]> Fri, 30 Mar 2018 20:06:06 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128808/buttermilk-biscuits-with-scallions-or-chives-and-cheddar http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128808/buttermilk-biscuits-with-scallions-or-chives-and-cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits with Scallions or Chives and Cheddar Posted by cookinwithherbs
There is nothing like homemade biscuits flavored with herbs and/or alliums—make these tasty biscuits flecked with some green alliums for St. Patty’s Day! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Hops, Herb of the Year 2018]]> Thu, 29 Mar 2018 21:17:42 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128806/hops-herb-of-the-year-2018 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128806/hops-herb-of-the-year-2018 Hops, Herb of the Year 2018 Posted by cookinwithherbs
This year, herbies and hopheads from around the country are celebrating Hops as Herb of the Year. The International Herb Association's newest publication Hops, Herb of the Year 2018: Brewing and Beyond is hot off the press! Read all about it! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128806/hops-herb-of-the-year-2018
<![CDATA[Snow: Poor Man’s Fertilizer ]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:34:21 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128728/snow-poor-mans-fertilizer http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128728/snow-poor-mans-fertilizer Snow:  Poor Man’s Fertilizer Posted by cookinwithherbs
Is this familiar adage an old wive’s tale? In fact, snow does contain nitrogen and other particulates like sulfur, which it collects as it falls through the atmosphere, however so do rain and sleet, and believe it or not, lightning. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Lunar Happenings ]]> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:46:28 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128712/lunar-happenings http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128712/lunar-happenings Lunar Happenings Posted by cookinwithherbs
What the heck is a Super Blue Blood Moon? The moon was officially full this morning at 8:27 am EST. This is a particularly eventful full moon in that it is the second one this month, so called a blue moon, since we already had a full moon on the first of January. The Farmers' Almanac names it a Full Old Moon and it is the only lunar eclipse in North America this year , which was visible to those living west of the Mississippi in the U.S. and Western Canada before dawn this morning. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Winter Musings]]> Thu, 25 Jan 2018 12:02:40 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128687/winter-musings http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128687/winter-musings Winter Musings Posted by cookinwithherbs
We have had very cold weather this month and now we have warmed up just a bit--enough to tease us--and make us think spring is in the air. Not. However we can dream of spring and our gardens to be, especially with the seed catalogues coming in and seed sales offered in our emails almost daily. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Tools for the New Year]]> Fri, 29 Dec 2017 15:58:17 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128624/tools-for-the-new-year http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128624/tools-for-the-new-year Tools for the New Year Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here are a few gifts that I ask for every year--as well as a few new tools that I received this holiday season. These are items that I find essential to help me during the year, both in the garden and everyday. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Celebrate Winter Solstice]]> Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:59:32 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128610/celebrate-winter-solstice http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128610/celebrate-winter-solstice Celebrate Winter Solstice Posted by cookinwithherbs
The winter solstice is on Thursday, December 21, 2017. I am so looking forward to this annual celebration--I always go to my friend's house where a large number of us gather to welcome winter and light the longest night of the year with a huge bonfire and share a feast of warming winter dishes. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Roadside Attractions: Season's Greenings at the United States Botanic Garden]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:29:20 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128572/roadside-attractions-seasons-greenings-at-the-united-states-botanic-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128572/roadside-attractions-seasons-greenings-at-the-united-states-botanic-garden Roadside Attractions: Season's Greenings at the United States Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Went for my annual visit to view the U.S. Botanic Garden's Holiday Show and I wasn't disappointed! This year's theme is Roadside Attractions and it is a fun exhibit. Besides that, it is always lovely to enter the conservatory where it is delightfully warm to come in out of the cold and full of tropical blooms, stunning array of poinsettias, and impressive holiday decorations from decorated trees to hanging baskets, wreaths and more. Don't miss a chance to visit this live or go online and check it out. https://www.usbg.gov/plan-your-holiday-visit ]]>
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<![CDATA[Early December Garden to Kitchen]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:36:09 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128546/early-december-garden-to-kitchen http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128546/early-december-garden-to-kitchen Early December Garden to Kitchen Posted by cookinwithherbs
We have had a mild autumn/winter season thus far in my zone 7 Maryland garden. Still able to do chores in the garden and bring in bounty to create warming seasonal dishes. Time for harvesting whatever is still available, cleaning up the garden, last-minute planting, getting ready for the holidays and wood chores. What are you up to in your garden and kitchen? ]]>
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<![CDATA[Botanical Notecards: Make your own holiday cards and gifts]]> Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:17:13 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128466/botanical-notecards-make-your-own-holiday-cards-and-gifts http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128466/botanical-notecards-make-your-own-holiday-cards-and-gifts Botanical Notecards: Make your own holiday cards and gifts Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's not too late to press flowers and leaves of annuals and perennials to make your own botanical cards for holiday greetings or gift giving. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Herb Harvest Fall Festival Celebrates Central America, the Caribbean Basin and Mexico]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:40:50 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128387/herb-harvest-fall-festival-celebrates-central-america-the-caribbean-basin-and-mexico http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128387/herb-harvest-fall-festival-celebrates-central-america-the-caribbean-basin-and-mexico Herb Harvest Fall Festival Celebrates Central America, the Caribbean Basin and Mexico Posted by cookinwithherbs
Every year at the Ozark Folk Center's HHFF, we celebrate different regions of the globe and see how they relate back to the Ozarks. This year we celebrated some of the tropical areas and had a Caribbean-Style Lavish Herbal Feast and two days of inspiring educational programs featuring Mexico, the countries on the Isthmus of Central America and the many islands in the Caribbean. Read about all of the fun that we had. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128387/herb-harvest-fall-festival-celebrates-central-america-the-caribbean-basin-and-mexico
<![CDATA[Hop Happy]]> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 22:58:15 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128363/hop-happy http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128363/hop-happy Hop Happy Posted by cookinwithherbs
We had a pre- and post-conference tour for the IHA conference and both were fun and action-packed. However the post conference tour to visit hop farms and breweries was a daylong sensory experience that I won't forget. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek , Michigan]]> Wed, 27 Sep 2017 22:29:25 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128330/leila-arboretum-in-battle-creek-michigan http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128330/leila-arboretum-in-battle-creek-michigan Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek , Michigan Posted by cookinwithherbs
On a recent road trip to Michigan, we happened upon the Leila Arboretum--and what a find! If you are in the neighborhood--go check it out! Wonderful gardens and a great place for kids; this is one not to miss. ]]>
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<![CDATA[International Herb Association Conference in Michigan featuring Hops, Herb of the Year 2018]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:51:59 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128290/international-herb-association-conference-in-michigan-featuring-hops-herb-of-the-year-2018 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128290/international-herb-association-conference-in-michigan-featuring-hops-herb-of-the-year-2018 International Herb Association Conference in Michigan featuring Hops, Herb of the Year 2018 Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last week the IHA held their conference in Hickory Corners, Michigan at the Kellogg Biological Station, which is a great place to hold a conference and be in nature at the same time. There's walking trails along Gull Lake, an amazing number of beautiful old trees, a bird sanctuary, the Manor House and more. ]]>
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