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, 22 Jan 2018 00:14:34 -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[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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<![CDATA[More Tomatoes!]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:10:17 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128234/more-tomatoes http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128234/more-tomatoes More Tomatoes! Posted by cookinwithherbs
The tomatoes are peaking here in my Maryland zone 7 garden. A bit of cooler temps slowed them down a bit... however we are picking and eating them everyday--and sharing them. I know there are infinite ways of eating tomatoes. Besides just sliced with freshly ground sea salt and black pepper, here are a few ways that I am enjoying these mouthwatering fruits. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Tomato Time!]]> Sun, 06 Aug 2017 20:47:32 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128224/tomato-time http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128224/tomato-time Tomato Time! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Well it is that time of year again... the tomatoes have started coming in so that I feel abundantly blessed. By next week, I might feel tomato deluge. I love a dead-ripe, juicy homegrown tomato--there is nothing like it--here's a few ways that I am eating them without having to cook much. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Summer Heights]]> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:34:01 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128203/summer-heights http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128203/summer-heights Summer Heights Posted by cookinwithherbs
Summer is near about peaking. Plants are reaching for the sun and growing fast in this heat, so there are many tall annuals and perennials in the garden. Pictured are a few that stand out. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Visit Your Local Botanic Garden]]> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 10:59:22 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128067/visit-your-local-botanic-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128067/visit-your-local-botanic-garden Visit Your Local Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last weekend was the You Can Grow It! Festival at the U.S. Botanic Garden. There was a good turnout and visitors got to pot up an herb plant and a carnivorous plant, view a beehive and taste honey, observe insect activity in the Butterfly Garden, smell the roses in the Rose Garden, enjoy the native blooms in the Regional Garden and then cool of in the Conservatory while enjoying the many plant collections from tropicals and medicinals to rare & endangered. There is always something going on at your local Botanic Garden or Arboretum--and an everchanging seasonal landscape--so find one near you and go visit! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Herbs Rock in Little Rock!]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 21:10:44 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127978/herbs-rock-in-little-rock http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127978/herbs-rock-in-little-rock Herbs Rock in Little Rock! Posted by cookinwithherbs
The first weekend in May, the Herb Society of America held their annual conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. The theme was "Herbs Rock in Little Rock!" and indeed they do. The Little Rock and Ozark Units and the planning committee did a great job from herbal wreaths, homemade vinegars and shrubs as centerpieces to setting up a fun vendor space featuring all things herbal, a great lineup of speakers, dinner at the governor's mansion and three field trips. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Seasonal Foods for Spring: Strawberries & Rhubarb]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:43:36 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127900/seasonal-foods-for-spring-strawberries-rhubarb http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127900/seasonal-foods-for-spring-strawberries-rhubarb Seasonal Foods for Spring: Strawberries & Rhubarb Posted by cookinwithherbs
Besides the stirring of life in the garden, the welcome appearance of the harbingers of spring, other signs of the season are produce like fresh salad greens both cultivated and wild, leeks and spring onions, morels, asparagus, strawberries and rhubarb. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Memphis Botanic Garden]]> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 23:56:03 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127847/memphis-botanic-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127847/memphis-botanic-garden Memphis Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
On the road in the southern U.S.--just visited the Memphis Botanic Garden--the herb garden there is popping springtime. See what is showing out there. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Strawberry Shrub]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:17:01 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127804/strawberry-shrub http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127804/strawberry-shrub Strawberry Shrub Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my travels down South lately, I've been doing programs on capturing the essence of herbs. One easy, seasonal recipe that I have been preparing with an enthusiastic response is strawberry shrub with lemon balm. It is simple, mouthwatering and a perfect blend of seasonal flavors. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Great Gardens in California]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:40:15 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127719/great-gardens-in-california http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127719/great-gardens-in-california Great Gardens in California Posted by cookinwithherbs
California has many micro-climates and is able to grow many rare plants from around the world. Two incredible gardens not to miss are the San Francisco Botanical Garden and the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. While SFBG is a unique area within the Golden Gate Park with world-renowned gardens, UCSCA is spread out on 135 acres overlooking the Monterey Bay. Here are just a few photos of some striking and/or rare botanicals found in these gardens. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Coastal California]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:27:26 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127663/coastal-california http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127663/coastal-california Coastal California Posted by cookinwithherbs
On my recent visit to California, I hiked in the majestic redwood forest, walked on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean, and visited gardens from the San Francisco Botanic Garden to the arboretum at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Come take a little trip with me... ]]>
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<![CDATA[ Favorite Gardening Tool: Hori Hori Update]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 01:02:11 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127641/favorite-gardening-tool-hori-hori-update http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127641/favorite-gardening-tool-hori-hori-update  Favorite Gardening Tool: Hori Hori Update Posted by cookinwithherbs
I've had my hori hori (Japanese weeding knife) for more than 25 years. It is the tool that I use most often in the garden other than my Felcos. I have bought many of these useful tools for gifts. This past summer I went online to order one for a gift and found a new and improved model... read all about it... ]]>
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