Copyright (c) 2019 en-us Vegetable Gardener - WesternGardener's posts Vegetable Gardener - WesternGardener's posts Sun, 22 Sep 2019 21:08:04 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - WesternGardener's posts Vegetable Gardener - WesternGardener's posts <![CDATA[Must Have Shishito Peppers for Foodies]]> Tue, 10 Sep 2019 12:34:00 -0500 Must Have Shishito Peppers for Foodies Posted by WesternGardener
The IT pepper this season is an old Japanese variety that's quite a tasty tidbit. If you like growing vegetables for munching, this is the one to have. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Fly Tomatoes Light Up the Garden]]> Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:22:33 -0500 Fire Fly Tomatoes Light Up the Garden Posted by WesternGardener
Fire Fly tomatoes live up to their All-America Selections billing as 2019 winners. It’s easy to see how these yellow-white fruits earned their name. ]]>
<![CDATA[Slow Food Nations Grows Healthy Kids]]> Tue, 06 Aug 2019 13:52:42 -0500 Slow Food Nations Grows Healthy Kids Posted by WesternGardener
As in past years, the Slow Food Nations festival featured special displays to encourage kids to eat their vegetables. Part of that strategy is to help them learn to grow their own gardens and prepare their own meals and snacks with the harvest. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Secret to Perfect Pollinator Plants]]> Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:13:56 -0500 The Secret to Perfect Pollinator Plants Posted by WesternGardener
Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are the beneficiaries of more than a million new pollinator gardens in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The gardens represent five million acres of habitat for pollinators and that means more fruits and vegetables for gardeners. How do pollinators find these gardens? Here’s their secret. ]]>
<![CDATA[What's Bugging You in the Garden?]]> Tue, 02 Jul 2019 10:35:44 -0500 What's Bugging You in the Garden? Posted by WesternGardener
Summer is in full swing and that means the biting insects are out, too. If you've always been a favorite mosquito meal, this one’s for you. ]]>
<![CDATA[Simple Steps to Prevent Powdery Mildew]]> Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:43:28 -0500 Simple Steps to Prevent Powdery Mildew Posted by WesternGardener
If you grow common vegetable garden crops -- like beans, peas, squash, pumpkins, melons and cucumbers –- you might see a powdery white coating on leaves and stems during the growing season. Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that doesn’t kill plants, but it can affect production. Here’s how to prevent it in your garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Watering Plants with Sunlight and Air]]> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:36:34 -0500 Watering Plants with Sunlight and Air Posted by WesternGardener
A demonstration garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens uses a solar-powered atmospheric water harvesting system to irrigate a honey of a vegetable garden. The process uses solar energy to drive passive condensation to create high-quality fresh water from air. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow an Herbal Tea Garden]]> Wed, 22 May 2019 13:04:37 -0500 Grow an Herbal Tea Garden Posted by WesternGardener
Is there anything more refreshing than a glass of iced tea on a hot summer day? What makes that tea even more delicious is growing your own herbs to prepare the perfect cup. Here’s what you need to know to plant your own herbal tea garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Shrug Off Arthritis in the Garden]]> Fri, 10 May 2019 14:23:04 -0500 How to Shrug Off Arthritis in the Garden Posted by WesternGardener
May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, so let’s celebrate by looking at ways to keep vegetable gardeners gardening in spite of arthritic hands and knees. Here are ways to garden smarter with adaptive tools and easier techniques. ]]>
<![CDATA[Garden Like a Viking]]> Fri, 19 Apr 2019 15:07:59 -0500 Garden Like a Viking Posted by WesternGardener
One of the special features in the Irish National Botanic Gardens in Dublin is an accurate recreation of a Viking house dating from the ninth and tenth centuries. Here’s what to plant if you’d like to garden like a Viking. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow Pea Shoots for Spring Crunch]]> Thu, 04 Apr 2019 08:39:42 -0500 Grow Pea Shoots for Spring Crunch Posted by WesternGardener
Pea shoots are the fresh antidote to a long cold winter. These crunchy greens can be ready to enjoy in just a few weeks from planting. ]]>
<![CDATA[Exotic Peppers Spice Up Gardens]]> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 18:11:47 -0500 Exotic Peppers Spice Up Gardens Posted by WesternGardener
The new Pumpkin Habanero pepper, from the Exotic Pepper Project at Rutgers University, looks like a small pumpkin, has a citrusy taste and jalapeno-like heat. Here’s how to get your hands on the seeds. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Start Pepper Seeds]]> Tue, 05 Mar 2019 14:19:07 -0500 How to Start Pepper Seeds Posted by WesternGardener
If you like to grow unusual peppers, you’ll need to start from seed. Hundreds of pepper varieties are available to gardeners who take time to plant seeds, instead of the buying seedlings available at garden centers. Here’s how to get started. ]]>
<![CDATA[These Vegetable Seeds Need Saving]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:48:29 -0500 These Vegetable Seeds Need Saving Posted by WesternGardener
Slow Food’s annual Plant a Seed campaign is your chance to make a difference in the wonderful world of vegetable growing. When you plant this year’s seed kit, you’ll help ensure the survival of six plants facing extinction. ]]>
<![CDATA[Let's Celebrate Pumpkins this Year ]]> Sat, 09 Feb 2019 16:08:12 -0500 Let's Celebrate Pumpkins this Year Posted by WesternGardener
The National Garden Bureau decided to name pumpkins as its edible plant for 2019. There's plenty to celebrate about these beautiful, delicious and nutritious fruits. Plan now to harvest tiny orange pumpkins, ghostly white ones or those that are fit for a princess. ]]>
<![CDATA[Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening]]> Tue, 29 Jan 2019 12:06:56 -0500 Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
Is vegetable gardening more of an art than a science? In his new book, Matt Mattus uses his experience as a visual designer, artist, horticulturist and futurist to help uncover the answer to that question. ]]>
<![CDATA[Resolve to Garden for Good in 2019]]> Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:38:59 -0500 Resolve to Garden for Good in 2019 Posted by WesternGardener
What gardening resolutions do you have for this year? If eating more vegetables is at the top of your list, you’ve come to the right place. ]]>
<![CDATA[Birds are Wild for Homemade Suet]]> Mon, 24 Dec 2018 14:55:43 -0500 Birds are Wild for Homemade Suet Posted by WesternGardener
Suet cakes placed strategically in the garden help wild birds find their way to your landscape in winter. Homemade suet is easy to make, especially this vegetarian variety. ]]>
<![CDATA[Make Miniature Pomanders for Christmas]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:44:47 -0500 Make Miniature Pomanders for Christmas Posted by WesternGardener
There are so many wonderful aromas of Christmas, from unusual ones like frankincense and myrrh to the more familiar pine and cinnamon. Cloves are also one of the special spices used to add special fragrance to the holiday. ]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Decorations to Attract Birds in Winter]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:21:27 -0500 Holiday Decorations to Attract Birds in Winter Posted by WesternGardener
Homemade holiday decorations are a delicious way to attract wild birds to your garden this winter. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow an Indoor Rosemary Topiary]]> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 14:21:30 -0500 How to Grow an Indoor Rosemary Topiary Posted by WesternGardener
Rosemary is an evergreen herb that has a long association to Christmas and the holiday season. Here’s how to create an easy tabletop decoration made with this fragrant member of the mint family. ]]>
<![CDATA[Baker Creek Grows Like the Seeds it Sells]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2018 16:25:49 -0500 Baker Creek Grows Like the Seeds it Sells Posted by WesternGardener
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is celebrating its 22nd annual catalog of selling rare seeds to home gardeners. The company may have grown, but it still has that down-home family feeling. ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant Some Fun this Weekend]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:17:03 -0500 Plant Some Fun this Weekend Posted by WesternGardener
Why not use this Thanksgiving holiday to plant a gardening seed? You can help sprout young gardeners with these easy indoor gardening projects. ]]>
<![CDATA[5 Ways to Veg Out for Thanksgiving]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 12:56:59 -0500 5 Ways to Veg Out for Thanksgiving Posted by WesternGardener
It’s time to give thanks for vegetables! Here are five simple ways to give vegetables a special place at the Thanksgiving table. ]]>
<![CDATA[Infused Vinegar is a Simple Garden Gift]]> Mon, 05 Nov 2018 14:08:40 -0500 Infused Vinegar is a Simple Garden Gift Posted by WesternGardener
November ushers in the season of giving. From giving thanks to giving gifts, vegetable gardeners can use their fruits, vegetables and herbs to create something simply delicious. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gardener’s Guide to Winter Squash]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:55:55 -0500 Gardener’s Guide to Winter Squash Posted by WesternGardener
Pumpkins may be popular this time of year, but there’s a wide wonderful world of winter squashes waiting for you. Here’s a helpful guide on which squashes to choose and how to use. ]]>
<![CDATA[From Paprika Seeds to Paprikash]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:34:37 -0500 From Paprika Seeds to Paprikash Posted by WesternGardener
It’s satisfying to have an idea in January, start seeds in March and help a plant flourish. It’s even more satisfying to turn that fruit into a dish for a special fall dinner. ]]>
<![CDATA[Freezer Tips for Fresh Produce]]> Mon, 08 Oct 2018 16:18:44 -0500 Freezer Tips for Fresh Produce Posted by WesternGardener
Instead of canning, here are some easy methods for freezing some of your end-of-the season fruits and vegetables. A few minutes spent freezing now, means garden-fresh meals in the middle of winter. ]]>
<![CDATA[Eight Great Tomatoes from 2018]]> Mon, 01 Oct 2018 12:12:08 -0500 Eight Great Tomatoes from 2018 Posted by WesternGardener
What were the top tomatoes in your vegetable garden this season? Here are the eight great varieties that made this summer especially tomatoey for me. ]]>
<![CDATA[Ripe Mad Hatter Peppers Top Off Season ]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:08:43 -0500 Ripe Mad Hatter Peppers Top Off Season Posted by WesternGardener
The Mad Hatter peppers are red, ripe and ready to enjoy. These sweet peppers are perfect for small-space vegetable gardeners or gardens with short seasons. ]]>
<![CDATA[A 'Nu' Pumpkin Spice for Fall]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:22:17 -0500 A 'Nu' Pumpkin Spice for Fall Posted by WesternGardener
Even if you can’t imagine a new pumpkin spice flavor this season, you have to try this one. The ‘NuMex Pumpkin Spice’ jalapeno pepper is guaranteed to add a little heat when the weather starts to turn chile. ]]>
<![CDATA[Home Grown Soybeans for Snacking]]> Mon, 10 Sep 2018 14:32:55 -0500 Home Grown Soybeans for Snacking Posted by WesternGardener
Green beans, yellow wax beans and filet beans are the typical vegetable garden pods. Soybeans are another easy-to-grow bean for added interest to your garden and plate. ]]>
<![CDATA[Eggplant is a Surprise Cake Ingredient]]> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 12:30:01 -0500 Eggplant is a Surprise Cake Ingredient Posted by WesternGardener
If it's harvest time in your vegetable garden, it's time to let your family eat cake -- with one surprise ingredient. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow Fabulous Fennel]]> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 12:22:40 -0500 How to Grow Fabulous Fennel Posted by WesternGardener
Fennel is a triple duty plant in the vegetable garden because the fronds, seeds and bulbs can all be used in cooking. Here’s how to make the most of growing this delicious plant. ]]>
<![CDATA[Midnight Snack Tomato is a Star]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:07:10 -0500 Midnight Snack Tomato is a Star Posted by WesternGardener
An All-America Selections winner in 2017, Midnight Snack shows its true colors when ripe. This snack-size tomato would be a colorful addition to any vegetable garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Wild Tomatoes Have Long Roots]]> Mon, 06 Aug 2018 14:14:22 -0500 Wild Tomatoes Have Long Roots Posted by WesternGardener
Wild tomatoes offer vegetable gardeners a chance to go back to the fruit’s original roots. Here’s how to tame some for your garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Madcap Pepper is a Sweet Keeper]]> Wed, 01 Aug 2018 08:00:00 -0500 Madcap Pepper is a Sweet Keeper Posted by WesternGardener
If you’re a vegetable gardener who’s always looking for something a little different, I have a new pepper for you. Mad Hatter is the perfect kind of crazy for your garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Michigan Herb Enthusiasts Get Hoppy]]> Mon, 23 Jul 2018 08:00:00 -0500 Michigan Herb Enthusiasts Get Hoppy Posted by WesternGardener
The Herb of the Year took center stage at the Michigan Herb Associates conference in Lansing this spring. Attendees got the chance to celebrate hops in several tasty ways. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Veganize a Recipe]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:19:12 -0500 How to Veganize a Recipe Posted by WesternGardener
Are you looking for a way to get creative with the harvest from your vegetable garden? Use your eyes and veganize! ]]>
<![CDATA[Figs are In]]> Mon, 09 Jul 2018 11:21:06 -0500 Figs are In Posted by WesternGardener
Figs are in. They're ripening in yards and gardens right now, and finding their way to high-end restaurants. If you want in on the fig trend, here’s what you need to know to grow. ]]>
<![CDATA[Small-Space Design Ideas for Vegetable Gardens]]> Mon, 02 Jul 2018 11:03:58 -0500 Small-Space Design Ideas for Vegetable Gardens Posted by WesternGardener
The problem for many small-space vegetable gardeners is how to create a beautiful and functional garden when there’s little room to grow. California landscape designer, Susan Morrison, has dozens of solutions in her new book. ]]>
<![CDATA[What’s Wrong with My Tomato Plants?]]> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 11:58:00 -0500 What’s Wrong with My Tomato Plants? Posted by WesternGardener
Got tomato troubles? Here’s what could be going wrong in your vegetable garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Way to Fight Tomato Hornworms]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0500 New Way to Fight Tomato Hornworms Posted by WesternGardener
Have tomato hornworms ever caused havoc in your vegetable garden? Now’s your chance to get revenge in a most delicious and satisfying way. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow an Odd-looking Turnip]]> Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:28:01 -0500 How to Grow an Odd-looking Turnip Posted by WesternGardener
Kohlrabi may be one of the strangest vegetables you’d like to grow. The above ground bulb looks a little like a vegetable from outer space. ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant Heirloom Flowers to Grow More Vegetables]]> Mon, 04 Jun 2018 11:27:39 -0500 Plant Heirloom Flowers to Grow More Vegetables Posted by WesternGardener
If you’d like to add more beauty, fragrance and vegetables to your garden, Chris McLaughlin’s new book is for you. “Growing Heirloom Flowers” is a new approach to local and sustainable gardening. ]]>
<![CDATA[5 Easy Vegetable Garden Hacks]]> Tue, 29 May 2018 11:35:45 -0500 5 Easy Vegetable Garden Hacks Posted by WesternGardener
Vegetable gardeners are known for their clever work arounds to take some of the work out of growing their gardens. Here are five of the easiest garden hacks to start using today. ]]>
<![CDATA[Vegetables are a Surprising Source of Protein]]> Mon, 21 May 2018 15:26:25 -0500 Vegetables are a Surprising Source of Protein Posted by WesternGardener
Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan or flexitarian, vegetables offer a delicious source of protein for all kinds of eating plans. Here’s a list of protein-rich plants for your vegetable garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Take the Food Safe Vegetable Garden Quiz]]> Mon, 14 May 2018 12:04:47 -0500 Take the Food Safe Vegetable Garden Quiz Posted by WesternGardener
How safe is the food you grow in your vegetable garden? Take this food safety quiz to find out. ]]>
<![CDATA[Artichokes Are Edible and Architectural ]]> Mon, 07 May 2018 10:53:47 -0500 Artichokes Are Edible and Architectural Posted by WesternGardener
If you’re looking for something new for your vegetable garden, think artichokes. These prized vegetables add extra interest wherever they’re planted. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tips for Planting a Healthy Vegetable Garden]]> Mon, 30 Apr 2018 09:24:19 -0500 Tips for Planting a Healthy Vegetable Garden Posted by WesternGardener
Timing is everything when it comes to planting a vegetable garden, and patience pays off in a healthier and more productive garden. Here are some of the top tips for patient planting. ]]>
<![CDATA[Double Duty Vegetable Gets Deserved Recognition]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:12:03 -0500 Double Duty Vegetable Gets Deserved Recognition Posted by WesternGardener
It’s the Year of the Beet, and it’s about time. Beets may not be at the top of most vegetable gardener’s list, but they should be. Everything about this edible root is cause for celebration. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow a Pie with this Garden Plant]]> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:52:16 -0500 Grow a Pie with this Garden Plant Posted by WesternGardener
If you’re looking for an edible perennial to add to your vegetable garden, consider pie plant. This old favorite is grown for its stems that make delicious pies, jams and jellies. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Plant Perennial Horseradish ]]> Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:11:00 -0500 How to Plant Perennial Horseradish Posted by WesternGardener
If you’re looking for something a little different to plant this season, why not try one of the oldest perennial herbs around? The large leaves of horseradish plants add structure to the vegetable garden, and they’re edible, too. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cooking Videos for Vegetable Gardeners]]> Mon, 26 Mar 2018 12:59:44 -0500 Cooking Videos for Vegetable Gardeners Posted by WesternGardener
Do you need some inspiration for what to plant in your vegetable garden this year? Consider these fresh-from-the-garden recipes before you start planting. ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant a Seed with Slow Food USA]]> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:24:23 -0500 Plant a Seed with Slow Food USA Posted by WesternGardener
Vegetable gardeners across the country can join a global food campaign by planting a special trio of companion plants. Slow Food USA’s Plant a Seed kit connects the Three Sisters to gardeners around the world. ]]>
<![CDATA[It’s Potato Planting Time ]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:01:18 -0500 It’s Potato Planting Time Posted by WesternGardener
If you haven’t eaten a homegrown potato, you don’t know what a real potato tastes like. Spring’s the time to plant potatoes in the vegetable garden. Here’s everything you need to get your potato crop off to a good start. ]]>
<![CDATA[Three Ways to Plant Container Onions]]> Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:26:22 -0500 Three Ways to Plant Container Onions Posted by WesternGardener
Did you know onions aren’t a root or a fruit? These savory vegetables are made up of layers of leaf bases. Here are three ways to get your container onions growing this season. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Orleans Vegetable Trials Yield Big Results]]> Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:58:45 -0500 New Orleans Vegetable Trials Yield Big Results Posted by WesternGardener
The Louisiana Master Gardeners make the most of cool weather with their plantings at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens. Educational programs like these help vegetable gardeners with their spring plantings. ]]>
<![CDATA[Celebrating America's First Gardeners]]> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:06:37 -0500 Celebrating America's First Gardeners Posted by WesternGardener
In honor of Presidents’ Day, here’s a salute to America’s First Vegetable Gardeners. The gentlemen farmers, like President Thomas Jefferson, were passionate plantsmen who helped lead a nation with politics and plants. ]]>
<![CDATA[Chocolate Tomatoes are a Sweet Garden Surprise]]> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:14:06 -0500 Chocolate Tomatoes are a Sweet Garden Surprise Posted by WesternGardener
Do you want to give chocolates and flowers to your sweetie for Valentine’s Day? Instead of a box of chocolates and a dozen roses, try these chocolate tomatoes for a different kind of treat. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow Red for a Healthy Heart]]> Tue, 06 Feb 2018 12:15:11 -0500 Grow Red for a Healthy Heart Posted by WesternGardener
Valentine’s Day isn’t the only heart-wise celebration in February. The American Heart Association dedicates the entire month to reminding people to take care of their hearts. Exercise and eating a plant-based diet can help lower the risk for heart disease, especially red fruits and vegetables. ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant a Gumbo Garden for Mardi Gras]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:24:18 -0500 Plant a Gumbo Garden for Mardi Gras Posted by WesternGardener
If you want to add some New Orleans flavor to your vegetable garden this season, plant the herbs and vegetables to make a traditional gumbo. Here’s how to get started. ]]>
<![CDATA[Container Gardening Complete for Small Vegetable Gardens]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:00:23 -0500 Container Gardening Complete for Small Vegetable Gardens Posted by WesternGardener
Small-space vegetable gardeners will surely want to try the many creative projects in Jessica Walliser’s new book. If you’d like to learn how to plant a bean trellis bin, a bike-rim sweet potato trellis or a pollinator garden in an old trash can, it’s all right here. ]]>
<![CDATA[Color of the Year for Vegetable Gardens]]> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:26:24 -0500 Color of the Year for Vegetable Gardens Posted by WesternGardener
Some gardeners think the Pantone Color of the Year is just for ornamental or flower gardens. Here's how vegetable gardeners can also add Ultra Violet colors to their edible spaces. ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant these Vegetable Winners for Garden Success]]> Wed, 03 Jan 2018 14:42:11 -0500 Plant these Vegetable Winners for Garden Success Posted by WesternGardener
The All-America Selections trial judges do all the work, and vegetable gardeners reap the rewards. Smart gardeners will look for these vegetable winners to plant in their gardens this season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Currant Liqueur Makes for a Happy New Year]]> Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:48:56 -0500 Currant Liqueur Makes for a Happy New Year Posted by WesternGardener
When it’s time to welcome a new gardening year, nothing says “cheers” like a glass of homegrown and homemade liqueur. Here’s how to grow your own currant liqueur. ]]>
<![CDATA[3 Vegetable Winners from 2017]]> Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:04:50 -0500 3 Vegetable Winners from 2017 Posted by WesternGardener
Vegetable gardeners never know what will be their garden winners until the growing season is over. Here are my top three surprise winners from 2017. ]]>
<![CDATA[Pickled Garlic is a Perfect Present]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:06:35 -0500 Pickled Garlic is a Perfect Present Posted by WesternGardener
Instead of going with ordinary gifts for the holidays, make something special. Even if you’re not a whiz in the kitchen, you can whip up this delicacy with just four ingredients. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Idea for Detecting Potato Growing Problems]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:51:50 -0500 New Idea for Detecting Potato Growing Problems Posted by WesternGardener
The Organic Potato Plant Detective, by Wood Prairie Family Farm, is a winner of the coveted 2018 Green Thumb Award by the Direct Gardening Association. The kit includes two different potato varieties that help growers and gardeners diagnose their potato growing problems. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Decorate Your House Like the White House]]> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:57:09 -0500 How to Decorate Your House Like the White House Posted by WesternGardener
Everyone knows the holiday decorations at the White House are spectacular. That’s because it takes a year of planning, an army of volunteers, thousands of ornaments, and miles and miles of lights. But you don’t have to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to have a lavish display, you just need Laura Dowling's new book. ]]>
<![CDATA[7 Ways to Prevent Thanksgiving Food Waste]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:02:11 -0500 7 Ways to Prevent Thanksgiving Food Waste Posted by WesternGardener
We’re about the enter that time of year when “but it’s the holidays” is the go-to excuse for overindulging in those once-a-year favorite foods. When it comes to food waste, turn that excuse into 7 positive ways to approach the Thanksgiving meal. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Decorate with Vegetables for Thanksgiving]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:16:57 -0500 How to Decorate with Vegetables for Thanksgiving Posted by WesternGardener
We all know vegetables are an important part of the Thanksgiving feast, but they make gorgeous table decorations, too. Here are some special ways to use fruits and vegetables with plants and flowers to celebrate the harvest holiday. ]]>
<![CDATA[6 Ways to Reuse Halloween Pumpkins]]> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 12:48:39 -0500 6 Ways to Reuse Halloween Pumpkins Posted by WesternGardener
Instead of throwing that Halloween pumpkin away, put it to good use. There are plenty of ways for recycling that winter squash instead of letting it go to waste. ]]>
<![CDATA[Best Tasting Tomatoes from 2017]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:06:50 -0500 Best Tasting Tomatoes from 2017 Posted by WesternGardener
Vegetable gardeners tend to gather at the end of the summer to pit their favorite tomatoes against the ones grown by friends, family members, neighbors and fellow master gardeners. The results are in from the great tomato tasting of 2017. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow a Special Squash Next Season]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:51:00 -0500 Grow a Special Squash Next Season Posted by WesternGardener
Why grow an ordinary summer squash when you can grow something extra-special--like a cucuzza? ]]>
<![CDATA[Giant Vegetable Marrows Squash the Competition]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:50:05 -0500 Giant Vegetable Marrows Squash the Competition Posted by WesternGardener
Vegetable marrows aren’t your typical summer squash. These giant vegetables are gaining ground at vegetable competitions and can weigh more than 100 pounds. ]]>
<![CDATA[Seeds Will Help Heal Hurricane Ravaged Areas]]> Tue, 03 Oct 2017 12:19:34 -0500 Seeds Will Help Heal Hurricane Ravaged Areas Posted by WesternGardener
Vegetable gardeners can put their hobby to good use by ordering seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds by October 6. All the proceeds from online seed sales will be used to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and beyond. ]]>
<![CDATA[Be a Summer Tomato Saver]]> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:48:10 -0500 Be a Summer Tomato Saver Posted by WesternGardener
The calendar may say it’s autumn, but the tomato vines are still pumping out beautiful fruits. What a delicious problem to have! Here are four ways to preserve tomatoes to savor over winter. ]]>
<![CDATA[Start Harvesting History by Planting Garlic]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:12:30 -0500 Start Harvesting History by Planting Garlic Posted by WesternGardener
Fall is an unusual time for a new gardening catalog to appear in the mail, but timing is everything. The first catalog from the folks at Harvesting History includes more than two dozen varieties of garlic for fall planting. ]]>
<![CDATA[3 Easy Ways to Preserve the Herbs]]> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:21:19 -0500 3 Easy Ways to Preserve the Herbs Posted by WesternGardener
Cooler nighttime temperatures mean the end is near to another vegetable gardening season. Instead of letting those beautiful culinary herbs go to seed, take a few minutes to snip and save them for winter. ]]>
<![CDATA[Weird Vegetables and Funny Fruits are Garden Contest Winners]]> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 11:50:38 -0500 Weird Vegetables and Funny Fruits are Garden Contest Winners Posted by WesternGardener
A perfect tomato is a thing of beauty, but a weird tomato is much more fun! The annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit photo contest is your chance at vegetable gardening fame for those kooky carrots, oddball eggplants and other crazy produce from your vegetable garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Zucchini and Summer Squash Recipe Ideas]]> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 17:28:55 -0500 Zucchini and Summer Squash Recipe Ideas Posted by WesternGardener
Vegetable gardeners love to make fun of their abundant zucchini harvests, but they plant and grow them anyway. These delicious summer squashes have a delicate flavor that’s perfect for garden-fresh breakfasts, lunches, dinners and dessert. ]]>
<![CDATA[5 Easy Ideas for Preserving Peppers]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:18:29 -0500 5 Easy Ideas for Preserving Peppers Posted by WesternGardener
Get them while they're hot! It's time for vegetable gardeners to get busy picking and preserving their peppers. Here are some simple ways for saving the harvest to enjoy this winter. ]]>
<![CDATA[Summer Vegetable Garden Surprises]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:59:27 -0500 Summer Vegetable Garden Surprises Posted by WesternGardener
Vegetable gardeners can plan and plant, but often their gardens produce an unexpected bounty. ]]>
<![CDATA[Don’t Delay, Harvest Today]]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 11:00:43 -0500 Don’t Delay, Harvest Today Posted by WesternGardener
An important part of growing a vegetable garden is knowing when to harvest all those fresh eggplants, cucumbers, tomatoes, squashes and every other delicious edible. Here are some tips for knowing when to harvest for the freshest haul. ]]>
<![CDATA[Be a Blue Ribbon Vegetable Winner]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:36:25 -0500 Be a Blue Ribbon Vegetable Winner Posted by WesternGardener
It’s county fair time and your chance to get some recognition for a season of vegetable growing. Here's how you can win ribbons and prizes for your vegetable growing efforts. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Taste of Slow Food Nations]]> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:37:21 -0500 A Taste of Slow Food Nations Posted by WesternGardener
Slow Food Nations took over downtown Denver on a hot July weekend to entertain, educate and inspire about 20,000 visitors. Just like the dozens of booths lining the Taste Marketplace, here’s a festival nibble to whet your appetite. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to “Grow” Black Garlic]]> Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:13:06 -0500 How to “Grow” Black Garlic Posted by WesternGardener
If you saw a head of black garlic would you think it was garlic gone bad or would you eat it up? ]]>
<![CDATA[Name that Plant Problem]]> Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:10:48 -0500 Name that Plant Problem Posted by WesternGardener
Now’s the time when vegetable gardeners are seeing plant problems cropping up in their gardens. Here are three common issues to see if you can identify these plant problems. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fruiting Shrubs are Easy to Grow]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:28:11 -0500 Fruiting Shrubs are Easy to Grow Posted by WesternGardener
Gardeners can’t live by vegetables alone; we need fruit, too. Shrubs that produce small fruits are easy to grow and provide many benefits. Here are two of my favorites. ]]>
<![CDATA[Benefits of Going to Seed]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:29:13 -0500 Benefits of Going to Seed Posted by WesternGardener
Hot weather is no match for cool-season vegetables. What should a gardener do when plants go to seed before their time? ]]>
<![CDATA[Stock Up on Garlic Scapes Now]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:47:59 -0500 Stock Up on Garlic Scapes Now Posted by WesternGardener
While farmers markets will be filled with fresh produce through the gardening season, some items have a limited run. Look for garlic scapes at markets now and grab a bunch to enjoy this season and through the winter. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow Chile Peppers]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:26:24 -0500 How to Grow Chile Peppers Posted by WesternGardener
From subtle to spicy these top ten pepper varieties are a sure bet for the timid, the fearless, and all those in between. ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant Purple Vegetables for Good Health ]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 08:00:00 -0500 Plant Purple Vegetables for Good Health Posted by WesternGardener
Purple vegetables add a lot of color to the garden, but they do much more. Here’s why planting purple is the best choice this season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Mother Earth News Guide to Vegetable Gardening ]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 12:39:23 -0500 Mother Earth News Guide to Vegetable Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
If you’re a fan of Mother Earth News magazine, you’ll relish the new Guide to Vegetable Gardening. This book is a collection of dozens of vegetable growing articles, written by well-known experts, that first appeared in the magazine. ]]>
<![CDATA[Love Apples for Mother’s Day]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 11:32:23 -0500 Love Apples for Mother’s Day Posted by WesternGardener
It seems fitting to send out some special appreciation to mother’s this week. Instead of flowers, how about a beautiful bouquet of Love Apples with sentimental names? ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow the Flavor of the Year]]> Tue, 02 May 2017 08:43:21 -0500 How to Grow the Flavor of the Year Posted by WesternGardener
Cucumbers have been around for more than 3,000 years, and they’re finally getting the recognition they deserve. Whether you grow full-size beauties or container-size munchers, you can grow the 2017 Flavor of the Year in your vegetable garden. Here’s how. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Avoid Herbicide Carryover]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:50:54 -0500 How to Avoid Herbicide Carryover Posted by WesternGardener
Do you use straw, grass clippings or animal manure in your vegetable garden? If so, you need to take steps to keep herbicide contamination from harming your plants. ]]>
<![CDATA[Are You America’s Best Vegetable Gardener?]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:39:42 -0500 Are You America’s Best Vegetable Gardener? Posted by WesternGardener
You can win a wheelbarrow full of green if your vegetable garden is the winner of America’s Best Gardener contest, presented by Seedlingers. Vegetable garden entries have a chance to win $10,000 cash and other prizes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Vegetable Seeds for Easter Baskets]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:04:11 -0500 Vegetable Seeds for Easter Baskets Posted by WesternGardener
Let the Easter bunny plant the seeds of gardening by adding a few vegetable seed packets to the basket this year. ]]>
<![CDATA[Insect Pest Warning System for Vegetable Gardeners]]> Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:13:48 -0500 Insect Pest Warning System for Vegetable Gardeners Posted by WesternGardener
Wouldn't it be nice to know when to expect an invasion of insect pests to your vegetable garden? Then The Big Bug Hunt needs you! ]]>
<![CDATA[The Foodscape Revolution]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:07:38 -0500 The Foodscape Revolution Posted by WesternGardener
If you’ve been relegating your fruits, vegetables and herbs to the backyard garden, it’s time to rethink that vegetable gardening approach. Foodscaping is the vegetable gardening trend that encourages gardeners to mix edible plants with ornamentals throughout the landscape. ]]>
<![CDATA[General Mills Buys Kernza’s Long Roots]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:05:03 -0500 General Mills Buys Kernza’s Long Roots Posted by WesternGardener
The Land Institute, near Salina, Kan., has worked since 1976 to research and develop perennial grains for a more sustainable agricultural system. Kernza, wheat’s wild perennial cousin, is now tame enough to be an ingredient in cereals and snacks. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sponges Make Seed Sprouting Seem Like Magic]]> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:19:05 -0500 Sponges Make Seed Sprouting Seem Like Magic Posted by WesternGardener
Seeds can sprout just about anywhere, even on colorful sponges. This easy indoor gardening project is a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and other spring holidays. ]]>
<![CDATA[Shed Stress with a Beautiful Backyard Escape]]> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 13:09:15 -0500 Shed Stress with a Beautiful Backyard Escape Posted by WesternGardener
Erika Kotite’s new book, She Sheds: A Room of Your Own, will help you imagine a beautiful retreat in your own backyard. The 23 featured sheds will inspire you to turn an ordinary shed into a small sanctuary. ]]>
<![CDATA[Vegetable Winners Make Gardening Easier]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:04:30 -0500 Vegetable Winners Make Gardening Easier Posted by WesternGardener
The 2017 All-America Selections winners are ready for this gardening season. Planting these winners is one of the first steps to vegetable gardening success. ]]>
<![CDATA[Soil Blocks Simplify Seed Starting]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:01:08 -0500 Soil Blocks Simplify Seed Starting Posted by WesternGardener
If you’ve given up on seed starting, you might try using soil blocks this season. This seed-starting method can help improve your chances for vegetable gardening success. ]]>
<![CDATA[Hudson Valley Starts Center for Seed Stewardship]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:20:00 -0500 Hudson Valley Starts Center for Seed Stewardship Posted by WesternGardener
After 12 years as Hudson Valley Seed Library, the company has a new name, new logo and a new nonprofit dedicated to protecting our seed resources. ]]>
<![CDATA[Homemade Kombucha Know-how]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:43:13 -0500 Homemade Kombucha Know-how Posted by WesternGardener
Whether you’ve been enjoying kombucha for years or you’re new to the idea of drinking fermented sweet tea, The Big Book of Kombucha is your complete guide to the art of brewing and enjoying this healthful beverage. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Avoid 10 Common Vegetable Gardening Mistakes]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:18:54 -0500 How to Avoid 10 Common Vegetable Gardening Mistakes Posted by WesternGardener
When it comes to gardening, experience is the best teacher. But what if you prefer to avoid the trial-and-error method of vegetable gardening? Help is on the way. ]]>
<![CDATA[All Hail Kale for 2017]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:35:00 -0500 All Hail Kale for 2017 Posted by WesternGardener
The National Garden Bureau has spoken and named 2017 the Year of the Brassica. Now’s the time to start planning how to celebrate all the delicious nutritious cole crops in your vegetable garden this spring. ]]>
<![CDATA[Share the Gardening Love]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:52:53 -0500 Share the Gardening Love Posted by WesternGardener
Now’s the time to help kids get connected, just not to the latest technology. Pull the plug and take the American Horticultural Society’s pledge to find ways to share your love of gardening with the children in your life. ]]>
<![CDATA[Resolve to Enjoy Fermented Vegetables in the New Year]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:50:35 -0500 Resolve to Enjoy Fermented Vegetables in the New Year Posted by WesternGardener
One of the newest healthy food trends this year is also one of the oldest. Fermented foods, like sauerkraut, are good for you, and they’re also just plain good. Here's all you need to get started. ]]>
<![CDATA[What Vegetable Gardeners Need to Know About GMO Seeds]]> Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:26:45 -0500 What Vegetable Gardeners Need to Know About GMO Seeds Posted by WesternGardener
Here's what vegetable gardeners need to know about GMOs (genetically modified organisms) before going seed shopping this season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Yuletide Plants from the Global Garden]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:30:25 -0500 Yuletide Plants from the Global Garden Posted by WesternGardener
The plants we like to grow in our gardens hold special symbolism at Christmas time. Many of our favorite fruits, berries and nuts are much more than sweet treats we enjoy in December. ]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Gifts from Gardeners]]> Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:04:24 -0500 Holiday Gifts from Gardeners Posted by WesternGardener
Lists for holiday gifts for gardeners are just about everywhere you look this month. But here’s a list with a twist: ideas for gifts from vegetable gardeners, like you. ]]>
<![CDATA[Add Your Garden Reflections]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:05:55 -0500 Add Your Garden Reflections Posted by WesternGardener
As the 2016 gardening year draws to a close, let’s spend some time reflecting on the state of our vegetable gardening efforts. Here are three questions to help you get started. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Be a Happy Gardener]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:54:31 -0500 How to Be a Happy Gardener Posted by WesternGardener
Late Bloomer, by Jan Coppola Bills, arrives just in time to encourage gardeners to ignore their sore backs and bad knees so they can keep gardening. Her helpful gardening book is a hybrid that mixes practical how-to tips with a lifetime of garden philosophy. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tips for Keeping a Waste Free Kitchen]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:29:06 -0500 Tips for Keeping a Waste Free Kitchen Posted by WesternGardener
This holiday season is the ideal time to rethink your approach to cooking and eating. It’s easy to get started with "Waste Free Kitchen Handbook" by Dana Gunders. ]]>
<![CDATA[Mauro Seed’s Growing Mission]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 07:00:00 -0500 Mauro Seed’s Growing Mission Posted by WesternGardener
Mauro Seed is a family-owned business with a single mission at its core: Giving. For every heirloom seed packet the company sells, one packet is donated to someone in need. In recognition of Mauro Seed’s commitment to helping others, the Tennessean and USA Today Network recently presented Dave Mauro with a 2016 Your Town Nashville Award for businesses that do good work in the community. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gardening by the Moon]]> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 11:42:13 -0500 Gardening by the Moon Posted by WesternGardener
Even though it’s November, there may be time for some vegetable planting, especially if you believe in gardening by the moon. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Start a Food Swap]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:28:30 -0500 How to Start a Food Swap Posted by WesternGardener
Do you have a hankering to put more homemade edibles on your pantry shelf while building community at the same time? Then it’s time to learn how to start a food swap. ]]>
<![CDATA[Another Look at Lasagna Mulching]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:23:29 -0500 Another Look at Lasagna Mulching Posted by WesternGardener
The idea of a no-dig garden that builds rich soil sounds like a perfect solution for organic vegetable gardeners. But does lasagna mulching really work? ]]>
<![CDATA[Top Tomato Choices for 2016]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:53:01 -0500 Top Tomato Choices for 2016 Posted by WesternGardener
The end of summer is a good time to evaluate what grew well in the garden and make a few notes for next season. Here's my tomato roundup for 2016. ]]>
<![CDATA[Save Tomato Seeds the Easy Way]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0500 Save Tomato Seeds the Easy Way Posted by WesternGardener
I've found a way to save heirloom tomatoes that takes a few minutes, but yields great results. All you need is a paper towel and a pen. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow Ghost Peppers for Heat and Flavor]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:21:16 -0500 Grow Ghost Peppers for Heat and Flavor Posted by WesternGardener
Bhut Jolokia, also called the Ghost Pepper, is one of the hottest peppers in the world. At more than 1,000,000 Scoville Heat Units, vegetable gardeners are warned to be careful growing, handling, and eating them. ]]>
<![CDATA[Small Batch Fermentation Made Simple]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:14:12 -0500 Small Batch Fermentation Made Simple Posted by WesternGardener
Fermenting is the age-old method for preserving fruits and vegetables and making pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi and more. Here's a DIY fermenting kit to help vegetable gardeners get started with small batches of tasty, healthy foods. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Celebration of Heirloom Vegetables]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:50:25 -0500 A Celebration of Heirloom Vegetables Posted by WesternGardener
The National Heirloom Expo, billed as The World's Pure Food Fair, wrapped up three days of celebrating the entire heirloom industry. Here's a taste of what you missed. ]]>
<![CDATA[Container Garden Pepper Roundup for 2016]]> Mon, 05 Sep 2016 08:00:00 -0500 Container Garden Pepper Roundup for 2016 Posted by WesternGardener
This gardening season I grew seven different kinds of peppers in the container garden on my patio. Here’s the annual roundup to consider for next gardening season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Candyland Tomatoes Make a Sweet Garden Treat]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:45:13 -0500 Candyland Tomatoes Make a Sweet Garden Treat Posted by WesternGardener
One of the newest award winners from All-America Selections is a currant-size tomato named for the classic children’s board game. These tomatoes are sweet and fun to grow. ]]>
<![CDATA[It's Time to Celebrate Tomatoes]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:00:39 -0500 It's Time to Celebrate Tomatoes Posted by WesternGardener
A tomato fest was the perfect way to celebrate National Farmers Market Week in Longmont, Colo. From tomato taste-off to specialty tomato recipes, it was a day to show some love to one of our all-time favorite fruits. ]]>
<![CDATA[How Eggplant Got its Name]]> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:30:12 -0500 How Eggplant Got its Name Posted by WesternGardener
It’s easy to take for granted the vegetables we grow in our gardens today. But each one started as a wild plant that needed to be tamed. Here’s how eggplants found their way into our vegetable gardens. ]]>
<![CDATA[Measuring the Miracle in Miracle Plant Foods ]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 15:57:36 -0500 Measuring the Miracle in Miracle Plant Foods Posted by WesternGardener
This gardening season I tested the marketing claims made by three different companies in side-by-side trials. Were the results exceptional and miraculous? Was I able to grow more beautiful plants? Here’s what I found. ]]>
<![CDATA[Make Fresh Summer Drinks with Shrubs]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:46:28 -0500 Make Fresh Summer Drinks with Shrubs Posted by WesternGardener
One of the ways folks preserved their fresh fruits in Colonial times was by making shrubs, a fruit, sugar and vinegar drink they could spike with brandy or rum. It's time for these old-fashioned drinks to make a delicious comeback. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make Watermelon Rind Pickles]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:17:17 -0500 How to Make Watermelon Rind Pickles Posted by WesternGardener
You can make the most of your watermelon harvest by picking the rind to enjoy later. Here's a simple method for making these sweet refrigerator "pickles." ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Enjoy The Cocktail Hour Garden]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:17:07 -0500 How to Enjoy The Cocktail Hour Garden Posted by WesternGardener
After all those hours planting and tending the vegetable and herb garden, it’s finally time to start enjoying it. C.L. Fornari’s newest book offers ideas for putting garden-fresh herbs to delicious use – with a twist. ]]>
<![CDATA[Herb Gardening with Cuban Oregano]]> Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:33:07 -0500 Herb Gardening with Cuban Oregano Posted by WesternGardener
Cuban oregano is an easy-to-grow herb that goes by many names and has an especially distinctive flavor. Besides being a tasty replacement for regular oregano, the succulent leaves can be used as a natural insect repellant. ]]>
<![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[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[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[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[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[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[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[How to Get Kids to Eat their Vegetables]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:10:43 -0500 How to Get Kids to Eat their Vegetables Posted by WesternGardener
Are you looking for a new way to get kids interested in broccoli, carrots and beets? Here’s how Michele Soulek of Casper, Wyo., uses her vegetable garden in a delicious new way. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow Cabbage Creatively]]> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:53:50 -0500 How to Grow Cabbage Creatively Posted by WesternGardener
Think cabbage is just for growing in big gardens? Think again. Cabbage plants can a new dimension to ornamental plantings. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Plant for Pollinators]]> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 12:32:39 -0500 How to Plant for Pollinators Posted by WesternGardener
Celebrate National Lawn Care Month by replacing some of your lawn with pollinator-friendly plants. Lawns are nice, but some of that space could be used to attract needy pollinators to your landscape. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Foodscape Your Landscape ]]> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 08:46:48 -0500 How to Foodscape Your Landscape Posted by WesternGardener
It’s easy to transform an ordinary landscape into an incredible edible garden. Here are three steps for growing your own garden of eatin’. ]]>
<![CDATA[3 Perennial Herbs for Spring Green in the Garden]]> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 12:42:45 -0500 3 Perennial Herbs for Spring Green in the Garden Posted by WesternGardener
The most welcome sight in my spring garden are the first perennial herbs to pop up and add some green to the bleak late winter scene. These three make for reliable container gardens. ]]>
<![CDATA[How Gardening Helps us Heal]]> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 08:00:00 -0500 How Gardening Helps us Heal Posted by WesternGardener
Jenny Peterson’s new book, "The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion," is filled with insight and inspiration for turning gardening into a healing experience. ]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Botanical Illustrator Susan Rubin]]> Sun, 06 Mar 2016 14:24:45 -0500 Meet Botanical Illustrator Susan Rubin Posted by WesternGardener
Have you ever admired the beautiful botanical illustrations featured on Botanical Interests' vegetable and herb seed packets? Here’s your chance to get to know one of the artists. ]]>
<![CDATA[Make a Lucky Vegetable Gardening Amulet]]> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 18:13:02 -0500 Make a Lucky Vegetable Gardening Amulet Posted by WesternGardener
We’re familiar with the saying “the luck of the Irish,” but other cultures believe in lucky charms, too. Here’s how to create your own lucky amulet for this vegetable gardening season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Miracle Fruit Party Fools Taste Buds and Guests]]> Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:45:30 -0500 Miracle Fruit Party Fools Taste Buds and Guests Posted by WesternGardener
Everyone knows what it’s like to take a big bite from a lemon or a lime. But if you eat a 'Synsepalum dulcificum' berry first, you'll taste a real miracle. ]]>
<![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[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[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[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[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[Fast Growing Greens Ready to Eat]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:39:31 -0500 Fast Growing Greens Ready to Eat Posted by WesternGardener
If you planted a container of garlic indoors in early November, the first batch of greens is ready for harvest. Here are 10 ways to use these inexpensive herbs to add flavor to your Thanksgiving menu. ]]>
<![CDATA[Is Growing Ketchup ‘n’ Fries a Good Idea?]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:53:34 -0500 Is Growing Ketchup ‘n’ Fries a Good Idea? Posted by WesternGardener
When I planted a Ketchup ‘n’ Fries grafted tomato-potato plant in spring, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Now that the harvest is over, it’s time to find out if that plant lived up to its name. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make Hot Pepper Sauce]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 17:16:09 -0500 How to Make Hot Pepper Sauce Posted by WesternGardener
What’s a gardener to do when the season isn’t long enough for Tabasco peppers to turn ripe-red? Make vinegar pepper sauce instead. ]]>
<![CDATA[Indoor Gardening with Garlic Greens]]> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:10:20 -0500 Indoor Gardening with Garlic Greens Posted by WesternGardener
Come grow with me! Summer gardening is over, so let's move our gardening indoors and grow some garlic greens together. ]]>
<![CDATA[An Asian Market Tour Serves Up Vegetable Inspiration]]> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 12:20:17 -0500 An Asian Market Tour Serves Up Vegetable Inspiration Posted by WesternGardener
A guided tour through the endless aisles of a large Asian market serves as inspiration for next season’s vegetable garden. Join in and you might find something you’d like to add to your spring planting list, too. ]]>
<![CDATA[Colorful NuMex Easter Peppers Always Changing]]> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 15:44:11 -0500 Colorful NuMex Easter Peppers Always Changing Posted by WesternGardener
NuMex Easter ornamental chile peppers, an All-America Selections winner for 2014, lived up to its name. As these small peppers ripened, they turned from lavender to light yellow to orange. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gardening for the Homebrewer Book Review]]> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:38:37 -0500 Gardening for the Homebrewer Book Review Posted by WesternGardener
Fall’s the perfect time to take the garden harvest and transform it into flavorful beers, wines, ciders and a little-known recipe for “the champagne of Britain.” ]]>
<![CDATA[Seed Saving Tips from Seeds Trust]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:00:00 -0500 Seed Saving Tips from Seeds Trust Posted by WesternGardener
Fall is the perfect time for vegetable gardeners to collect seeds from the plants they’d like to grow again. Julia Coffey, seed steward and owner of Seeds Trust, shares her tips for seed saving – and why saving seeds is like saving the world. ]]>
<![CDATA[Root Pruning Ripens Green Tomatoes]]> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:04:16 -0500 Root Pruning Ripens Green Tomatoes Posted by WesternGardener
It's an age-old vegetable gardening question: How can I get green tomatoes to ripen faster? Root pruning is one way to help speed up the ripening process. ]]>
<![CDATA[Square Foot Gardening Turns 40]]> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:50:52 -0500 Square Foot Gardening Turns 40 Posted by WesternGardener
The revolutionary vegetable gardening method called Square Foot Gardening is having a big anniversary in 2016. Here’s how you can help Mel Bartholomew celebrate his remarkable achievement. ]]>
<![CDATA[Patio Pepper Roundup for 2015]]> Tue, 08 Sep 2015 14:42:55 -0500 Patio Pepper Roundup for 2015 Posted by WesternGardener
It’s time for the annual pepper roundup in my patio garden. Here are some of the top picks for the 2015 gardening season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Container Tomato Yields Big Results]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:00:49 -0500 Container Tomato Yields Big Results Posted by WesternGardener
In a surprise victory for small-space vegetable gardeners, a container-grown tomato won the largest tomato contest at a local garden center and a $100 gift card payday. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cate’s Garden Pruning Shears Review ]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:45:21 -0500 Cate’s Garden Pruning Shears Review Posted by WesternGardener
Every gardener I know is always on the lookout for tools to make typical gardening tasks easier. That’s why I grabbed the chance to test two new pruning shears from Cate’s Garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Small Winter Squash for Small-Space Gardens]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:07:01 -0500 Small Winter Squash for Small-Space Gardens Posted by WesternGardener
Small-space gardeners rejoice! Seed companies have taken a special interest in offering plants that can grow just about anywhere, like these adorable 'Climbing Honey Nut' baby butternut squashes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Try This Edible Ornamental Basket]]> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 08:00:00 -0500 Try This Edible Ornamental Basket Posted by WesternGardener
Small-space gardeners know how important it is to make the most of every inch in the vegetable garden. This edible ornamental hanging basket combines two plants with delicious fruits, flowers and foliage. ]]>
<![CDATA[Take a Tour of DeLaney Community Farm]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:56:31 -0500 Take a Tour of DeLaney Community Farm Posted by WesternGardener
DeLaney Community Farm, located in Aurora, Colo., isn’t a typical Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) enterprise. Shareholders receive fresh, organic food weekly and also volunteer a set number of hours during the growing season. Here’s a peek of what’s buzzing on the farm during a typical summer day. ]]>
<![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[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[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[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[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[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[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[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[How to Diagnose Tomato Problems]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:57:47 -0500 How to Diagnose Tomato Problems Posted by WesternGardener
If you’ve ever wondered what’s wrong with your tomato plants, you need Tomato MD. This easy-to-use interactive app takes the guesswork out of diagnosing 35 different problems that affect tomato plants -- and what to do about them. ]]>
<![CDATA[Benefits of Container-grown Sandy Lettuce]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 14:19:48 -0500 Benefits of Container-grown Sandy Lettuce Posted by WesternGardener
If you're looking for a new lettuce to try this season, why not plant some 'Sandy' lettuce? Despite its name, this All-America Selections winner is tender, sweet and grows exceptionally well in patio containers. ]]>
<![CDATA[New 'Roxanne' Radish Certainly is a Winner]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 10:39:34 -0500 New 'Roxanne' Radish Certainly is a Winner Posted by WesternGardener
All-America Selections picked a real winner when it selected 'Roxanne' radish for the 2015 season. This hybrid radish offers everything a vegetable gardener could ask for and in record time. ]]>
<![CDATA[Keeping Insect Pests Out of the Vegetable Garden]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 15:42:37 -0500 Keeping Insect Pests Out of the Vegetable Garden Posted by WesternGardener
About 90 percent of the insects you see in your garden won’t cause plants any significant harm. Here are organic tips for handling the 10 percent that do. ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant Scented Geraniums for Flavorful Meals]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:07:07 -0500 Plant Scented Geraniums for Flavorful Meals Posted by WesternGardener
While planting the vegetable garden this year, be sure to add a few scented geranium plants. They're as lovely in the garden as they are tasty in garden-fresh recipes. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Prevent Food Waste]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:52:34 -0500 How to Prevent Food Waste Posted by WesternGardener
One way to celebrate Earth Day this year is to find ways to reduce food waste. Experts say that as much as half of all of the fresh fruits, vegetables and other fresh produce bought in the U.S. goes to waste. Here are a dozen ways to keep fresh vegetables in the fridge and out of the landfill. ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant an Early Spring Container Garden]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:58:07 -0500 Plant an Early Spring Container Garden Posted by WesternGardener
The harvest for tasty greens and ripe radishes is only a few weeks away if you plant containers of some of the fastest growing edibles around. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow Herbs for a Spa Experience]]> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:22:05 -0500 Grow Herbs for a  Spa Experience Posted by WesternGardener
A luxurious spa experience awaits you. All you need is The Herb Lover’s Spa Book and some fragrant herbs from your garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Vegetable Grafting Mirrors Old Solanum Experiments ]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:05:52 -0500 New Vegetable Grafting Mirrors Old Solanum Experiments Posted by WesternGardener
What do you get when you cross a tomato with a potato plant? If you answered the new Ketchup ‘n’ Fries plant from Territorial Seed Company, you’re right. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow Micro Greens Indoors--Part Two]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:15:17 -0500 How to Grow Micro Greens Indoors--Part Two Posted by WesternGardener
If you planted your micro greens with me last week, your sprouts should have already popped up with their seed leaves called cotyledons. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow Micro Greens Indoors]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:00:00 -0500 How to Grow Micro Greens Indoors Posted by WesternGardener
Would you like to join me in a delicious indoor gardening project? Let’s grow a container of fresh and tasty micro greens indoors. Plant along with me and you’ll be enjoying fresh greens in about two weeks. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow Herbs with a Miniature Aquaponics System]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:43:12 -0500 Grow Herbs with a Miniature Aquaponics System Posted by WesternGardener
What do you get when you combine hydroponics with aquaculture? A self-cleaning fish tank that grows real food, without the need for any soil or fertilizer. ]]>
<![CDATA[Rethinking the Spring Vegetable Garden]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:27:45 -0500 Rethinking the Spring Vegetable Garden Posted by WesternGardener
When the vegetable garden is covered by a thick, fluffy blanket of snow, the blank slate gives gardeners a chance to think. And rethink. Here are four vegetable gardening ideas to consider for your garden this spring. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Create Vegetable Centerpieces]]> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:52:36 -0500 How to Create Vegetable Centerpieces Posted by WesternGardener
Vegetables aren’t just for eating, they make beautiful decorations, too. Here’s how to create tasty table centerpieces using fruits and vegetables in place of fresh flowers. ]]>
<![CDATA[Powerful Plants Help Get Children in the Garden]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:37:16 -0500 Powerful Plants Help Get Children in the Garden Posted by WesternGardener
What do you get when you cross one vegetable-growing dad, with colorful animated characters and a free app? You get Powerful Plants, a new way to "edutain" kids about vegetable gardening. ]]>
<![CDATA[Get Ready for Summer with Renee's Garden Cookbook]]> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 13:41:09 -0500 Get Ready for Summer with Renee's Garden Cookbook Posted by WesternGardener
The recipes and images from the new Renee’s Garden Cookbook will make any vegetable gardener want summer to get here in a hurry. The cookbook offers more than the promise of many fresh vegetable dishes, it also includes dozens of gardening tips to help make vegetable gardening dreams come true. ]]>
<![CDATA[Growing Vegetables for Fun and Profit in Denver]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:15:04 -0500 Growing Vegetables for Fun and Profit in Denver Posted by WesternGardener
A new ordinance allows Denver gardeners to start a farmstand in their front yards. Urban farmers can now sell fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and even eggs in their residential neighborhoods. ]]>
<![CDATA[Test Old Vegetable Seeds Before Buying New]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:24:01 -0500 Test Old Vegetable Seeds Before Buying New Posted by WesternGardener
If you want to save money on your vegetable garden this year, it pays to test your leftover vegetables seeds before investing in packets of new seeds. Use this simple germination test to find out how many new seeds you really need to buy. ]]>
<![CDATA[Garden-pedia Gives Simple Answers to Tough Gardening Questions]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:17:59 -0500 Garden-pedia Gives Simple Answers to Tough Gardening Questions Posted by WesternGardener
What happens when two experienced horticulturists write a gardening dictionary? Vegetable gardeners get a handy, easy-to-read, entertaining guide to more than 300 useful gardening terms. ]]>
<![CDATA[Seed Library Membership Has its Benefits]]> Tue, 06 Jan 2015 16:10:23 -0500 Seed Library Membership Has its Benefits Posted by WesternGardener
I just renewed my membership with the Hudson Valley Seed Library because of this year’s Community Seed offering. As a long-time vegetable gardener and satisfied library patron, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to be part of the Breed Your Own Zucchini program. ]]>
<![CDATA[Vegetable Gardening Trends for 2015]]> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 15:15:19 -0500 Vegetable Gardening Trends for 2015 Posted by WesternGardener
As another vegetable gardening year comes to a close, it’s time to look forward to next season. What will these five gardening trends hold in store for 2015? ]]>
<![CDATA[New Ideas for Indoor Vegetable Gardening]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:56:12 -0500 New Ideas for Indoor Vegetable Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
Vegetable gardeners typically spend the winter months dreaming about spring planting. But that could change with Elizabeth Millard’s creative new approach for cultivating an indoor kitchen garden filled with all kinds of fresh herbs and vegetables. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Crop of Winners for 2015]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:15:58 -0500 New Crop of Winners for 2015 Posted by WesternGardener
'Tis the season to start thinking about what to plant in next year's garden. All-America Selections has a delicious new crop of winners for gardeners like you. ]]>
<![CDATA[No More Gardening Guesswork]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:23:44 -0500 No More Gardening Guesswork Posted by WesternGardener
If you’ve ever made your own seed tape with paper, glue and small vegetable seeds, you know the tape makes planting faster, easier and in straighter rows. What if you could plan and plant your entire garden that way? ]]>
<![CDATA[A Thanksgiving Celebration of Vegetables]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:15:17 -0500 A Thanksgiving Celebration of Vegetables Posted by WesternGardener
Let’s give thanks to the early farmers, plant breeders and hybridizers for the vegetable bounty we’re about to enjoy on Thanksgiving. If it weren't for them, we might not have any beautiful, nutritious vegetables to pile on our plates. ]]>
<![CDATA[Giving Thanks for the Patron Saint of Gardeners]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:24:43 -0500 Giving Thanks for the Patron Saint of Gardeners Posted by WesternGardener
In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, let’s recognize the accomplishments of someone who dedicated his life to healing the sick and poor through the power of growing vegetables and herbs. ]]>
<![CDATA[Natural Fertilizer Boosts Organic Gardening]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:35:49 -0500 Natural Fertilizer Boosts Organic Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
Organic gardeners are always on the lookout for all-natural, multi-purpose products that can be used to improve their gardening efforts. As it turns out, one old-fashioned fertilizer could be your perfect cup of tea. ]]>
<![CDATA[#Garden365 Encourages Year-round Gardening]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 12:06:06 -0500 #Garden365 Encourages Year-round Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
The calendar may read November, but there are still plenty of vegetable gardeners gearing up for planting. A new push for year-round gardening is helping to support gardeners who want to grow 365 days a year. ]]>
<![CDATA[Prepare Fall Garden for Spring Planting]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:47:56 -0500 Prepare Fall Garden for Spring Planting Posted by WesternGardener
While you’re harvesting the last of this year’s vegetable garden, it’s time to think spring. Now’s the time to prepare the soil for next season’s bountiful harvest. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make Tomato Sauce]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:38:01 -0500 How to Make Tomato Sauce Posted by WesternGardener
If you have too many tomatoes, why not make tomato sauce? Here’s a simple process for turning a bumper crop of homegrown tomatoes into an unbelievably tasty tomato sauce. ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant a Beautiful Vegetable Garden]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:48:40 -0500 Plant a Beautiful Vegetable Garden Posted by WesternGardener
Now’s the time to start dreaming about the vegetable garden you want to grow next season. One demonstration garden in Palmer, Alaska, is blooming with possibilities to help get you started. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Create a Kitchen Ecosystem]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:56:18 -0500 How to Create a Kitchen Ecosystem Posted by WesternGardener
Food writer Eugenia Bone explains how to turn an ordinary kitchen into an ecosystem. The first step is to create a perpetual pantry that’s stocked with homemade and high-quality ingredients. ]]>
<![CDATA[Can You Top this Cabbage?]]> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:20:50 -0500 Can You Top this Cabbage? Posted by WesternGardener
The winner of the 2014 Giant Cabbage Weigh-off at the Alaska State Fair tipped the scale at almost 118 pounds. One of the premier events at the fair, the cabbage contest draws world-wide attention. ]]>
<![CDATA[Alaska Vegetable Garden Offers Food for All]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:42:19 -0500 Alaska Vegetable Garden Offers Food for All Posted by WesternGardener
The flowers, vegetables and herbs growing on the grounds of the Salvation Army office in Palmer, Alaska, is open to passersby who’d like to harvest fresh, local food from the raised beds. An effort of Grow Palmer, the garden encourages folks “take what you need and take time to pull a weed.” ]]>
<![CDATA[Roundup of the Top Tomatoes for 2014]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:16:17 -0500 Roundup of the Top Tomatoes for 2014 Posted by WesternGardener
A late start, continued unseasonably cool weather and drenching rains early in the season meant tomatoes had a difficult time this year. The vegetable garden eventually came around and there were plenty of tomatoes to enjoy. Here are my top picks for 2014. ]]>
<![CDATA[Simple Way to Preserve Fresh Zucchini]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:52:55 -0500 Simple Way to Preserve Fresh Zucchini Posted by WesternGardener
Sure, you’re tired of eating zucchini now, but this winter you may find yourself longing for the taste of some vegetables from your garden. Here’s the easiest way I’ve found for preserving some of your bountiful squash harvest. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sweet Herb Planter Yields Just Desserts]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500 Sweet Herb Planter Yields Just Desserts Posted by WesternGardener
A combination of sweet mint and pineapple sage means many sweet summertime treats. Here’s how to grow a sweet herb planter and how to enjoy the results.weet ]]>
<![CDATA[Toss a Tomato Tasting Party]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:10:51 -0500 Toss a Tomato Tasting Party Posted by WesternGardener
If you want to be the most popular gardener in your neighborhood, plan an end-of-season tomato tasting party. It’s a great way to make friends, celebrate the harvest and find new tomato varieties to plant in your garden next year. ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant a Pizza Garden in a Pot]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:00:31 -0500 Plant a Pizza Garden in a Pot Posted by WesternGardener
One easy way to make the most of your small space vegetable garden is to plant an edible theme garden. My pizza garden in a pot has made for delicious results. ]]>
<![CDATA[Squirrel Tree Bears Fruit]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 12:30:01 -0500 Squirrel Tree Bears Fruit Posted by WesternGardener
Most gardeners work hard to keep squirrels out of their vegetable gardens. But sometimes one of the little critters can offer a pleasant surprise. ]]>
<![CDATA[Eating Bugs for Fun]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:12:45 -0500 Eating Bugs for Fun Posted by WesternGardener
Even if you've been vegetable gardening for a just a short time, you've probably tasted a few bugs without knowing it. Now’s your chance to sample beetle larvae, crickets and mealworms for the fun of it at the 2014 edition of the Denver County Fair. ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant an Edible Ornamental Hanging Basket]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:35:18 -0500 Plant an Edible Ornamental Hanging Basket Posted by WesternGardener
Why choose between an ornamental garden or an edible one? Here’s a simple planting idea for a different take on a hanging basket. ]]>
<![CDATA[Vegetable Gardening in the Rocky Mountain Region]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:34:33 -0500 Vegetable Gardening in the Rocky Mountain Region Posted by WesternGardener
Mid-summer is a good time to evaluate your vegetable gardening efforts. If the garden isn’t living up to your expectations, you might want to turn to a new book that will help you “Plant, Grow and Eat the Best Edibles for Rocky Mountain Gardens.” ]]>
<![CDATA[Salute to Tomatoes in Patriotic Hues ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:09:09 -0500 Salute to Tomatoes in Patriotic Hues Posted by WesternGardener
In honor of Independence Day, here’s my salute to the red, white and blue—tomatoes, that is. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Perfectly Portable Potting Bench]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:00:00 -0500 A Perfectly Portable Potting Bench Posted by WesternGardener
Would you like a simple summer project? Then dust off that old ironing board and re-purpose it as a portable potting bench. A coat of paint is all you need. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Ideas in Vertical Vegetable Gardening]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:00:00 -0500 New Ideas in Vertical Vegetable Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
Vining vegetables, from pole beans to tomatoes, need a strong trellis to keep the fruit growing up. In addition to manufactured vertical gardens, DIYers can stretch their creativity for getting their gardens off the ground. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Pollinate Zucchini by Hand]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:28:43 -0500 How to Pollinate Zucchini by Hand Posted by WesternGardener
If you’ve noticed the fruits of your zucchini plants are dying on the plant, you may need to take an active hand in pollination. Here are some tips to help you get started. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Book for Gardeners: The Soil Will Save Us ]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 08:00:00 -0500 New Book for Gardeners: The Soil Will Save Us Posted by WesternGardener
If you’re worried about the climate crisis, it’s time to stop looking at the thermometer and start looking beneath your feet. Kristin Ohlson helps us discover how the health of our planet depends on the health of our soils in her important new book. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow Eggplant in a Container]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 08:00:00 -0500 How to Grow Eggplant in a Container Posted by WesternGardener
It might be less popular than its cousin the tomato, but eggplant has a great personality. This versatile veggie grows on a beautifully ornamental plant, grows lovely lavender flowers and is easy to grow in a patio container. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sage Gardening Advice from the Past]]> Sat, 24 May 2014 08:00:00 -0500 Sage Gardening Advice from the Past Posted by WesternGardener
Publishers release dozens of new gardening books each year and gardeners scoop them up as fast as they hit the shelves. The earliest gardeners didn't have that same opportunity, until about 1000 years ago. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow Stevia for a Sweet Summertime Treat]]> Tue, 20 May 2014 16:13:11 -0500 Grow Stevia for a Sweet Summertime Treat Posted by WesternGardener
Stevia is an herb that can be grown in containers, raised bed gardens or other sunny spaces. Use the leaves fresh as a sweet tea or dry to use as a natural calorie-free sweetener that’s about 300 times as sweet as sugar. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Heirloom Garden at Fort Lupton]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 12:49:15 -0500 The Heirloom Garden at Fort Lupton Posted by WesternGardener
Step into the heirloom vegetable garden at the Fort Lupton historical site and you’ll get a taste of what Colorado was like in 1836. The fort is located on the original site of the fur trading post about 30 miles northeast of Denver. ]]>
<![CDATA[Vegetable Gardeners Gain Skills, Earn Badges]]> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:11:41 -0500 Vegetable Gardeners Gain Skills, Earn Badges Posted by WesternGardener
If you’ve always wanted to become a Master Gardener, but never had the time for a classroom experience, there’s a new program just for you. The Certified Gardener Mastery Badge Program from CSU Extension is an online educational program designed to increase your gardening knowledge and improve your gardening skills. ]]>
<![CDATA[Three Easy Ideas for Spring Planting]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:47:56 -0500 Three Easy Ideas for Spring Planting Posted by WesternGardener
You don’t want to miss a whole season of gardening do you? Here are three easy ways to get a start on your spring planting today. ]]>
<![CDATA[Time for Spring Planting]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:27:31 -0500 Time for Spring Planting Posted by WesternGardener
If you’ve never planted a spring garden, it’s time to get growing. Now’s the time to start sprinkling seeds like lettuces, spinach, chard and more. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain States ]]> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 09:12:13 -0500 New Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain States Posted by WesternGardener
A new vegetable gardening book by Idaho author Mary Ann Newcomer is designed to help gardeners grow great gardens in spite of difficult conditions in the Rocky Mountain Region. She advises vegetable gardeners to "start small and dream big." ]]>
<![CDATA[Chocolate Covered Jalapenos are Hot Seller]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:46:03 -0500 Chocolate Covered Jalapenos are Hot Seller Posted by WesternGardener
I thought I’d heard of everything a gardener could do with home-grown jalapenos until I saw them dipped in chocolate. Here’s a tasty new idea for your garden from the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. ]]>
<![CDATA[Three New Peppers for 2014 ]]> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:00:00 -0500 Three New Peppers for 2014 Posted by WesternGardener
Thanks to All-America Selections, gardeners can add three new and colorful peppers to their gardens this season. The lineup includes a Regional Winner that’s specifically meant for the Mountain and Southwestern regions. ]]>
<![CDATA[Container Cabbage How-To]]> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:00:00 -0500 Container Cabbage How-To Posted by WesternGardener
Would you like a new challenge for this season’s vegetable garden? Plant and grow cabbage in your container garden. Here’s how. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Potato Garden Catalog Review]]> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:17:55 -0500 The Potato Garden Catalog Review Posted by WesternGardener
The Potato Garden catalog is more than a no-frills listing of the dozens of potatoes gardeners can add to their spring gardens. The catalog gives simple, step-by-step instructions that make it easy for beginners to get started. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Online Greenhouse Catalog Review]]> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:19:20 -0500 The Online Greenhouse Catalog Review Posted by WesternGardener
Don’t let the company’s name fool you. The Online Greenhouse is more about the Green and less about the House. Sustainable should be its middle name. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow Dry Shelling Beans ]]> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:19:16 -0500 How to Grow Dry Shelling Beans Posted by WesternGardener
The season for home-made chili and soups is still in full swing, and it seems every dish is full of beans. I’ve been using store-bought dried beans, but it would be more satisfying to add home-grown beans to the mix. Here are the basics for growing dry shelling beans in your vegetable garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Fruits and Vegetables for 2014]]> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:54:33 -0500 New Fruits and Vegetables for 2014 Posted by WesternGardener
An heirloom tomato that’s a hybrid! Ornamental Chard! The world’s biggest beefsteak! These are just a few of the new ideas tempting vegetable gardeners this season. And don’t forget the skinniest apple trees you’ve ever seen. ]]>
<![CDATA[Three Things for Spring Vegetable Gardening]]> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 10:04:42 -0500 Three Things for Spring Vegetable Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
What’s a good way to pass the time while waiting for the snow to melt and the ground to thaw? It’s thinking about ways to make vegetable gardening easier this season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sweet Seeds for Valentine’s Day]]> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:31:05 -0500 Sweet Seeds for Valentine’s Day Posted by WesternGardener
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to plan on adding something sweet to your garden this year. Here are some luscious plants to make you fall in love. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Choose Chile Peppers for Your Garden]]> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:17:19 -0500 How to Choose Chile Peppers for Your Garden Posted by WesternGardener
You may not have realized this, but chile peppers are just like fine wines. Each kind adds a flavor complexity that can either enhance or detract from a meal. Learn how to choose the right chiles to plant, grow and enjoy with the Chile Flavor Wheel from the Chile Pepper Institute. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow a Giant Tomato]]> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:46:05 -0500 How to Grow a Giant Tomato Posted by WesternGardener
The world record for giant tomatoes was set in the 1980s and hasn’t been topped since. If you want to challenge your vegetable gardening skills this summer, why not try to beat the record? Here are tomato-growing tips for getting started now. ]]>
<![CDATA[Vegetable Gardening Made Easier]]> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 12:22:19 -0500 Vegetable Gardening Made Easier Posted by WesternGardener
Every season the seed and plant catalogs tempt vegetable gardeners with dozens of new varieties. It would be impossible to sort through them all without a little help from our gardening friends. ]]>
<![CDATA[5 Best Container Gardening Ideas from 2013]]> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:00:00 -0500 5 Best Container Gardening Ideas from 2013 Posted by WesternGardener
As the year draws to a close, it's time to take a look back at lessons learned in the container vegetable garden. Here are the top five "Best Of" ideas from 2013. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Gardening Library for the Ages]]> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:31:28 -0500 A Gardening Library for the Ages Posted by WesternGardener
If you like vegetable gardening, and you appreciate history, you’ll enjoy getting lost in the Biodiversity Heritage Library. This online collection of antiquated gardening books is a fascinating look into the rich history of vegetable gardening. ]]>
<![CDATA[Garden Trials Yield New Vegetable Choices]]> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:00:00 -0500 Garden Trials Yield New Vegetable Choices Posted by WesternGardener
The results are in from the Harris Seeds annual Home Garden Trials. Vegetable gardeners now have some new green beans, squash and tomato choices for 2014. ]]>
<![CDATA[Happy New Year of the Cucumber]]> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 11:35:25 -0500 Happy New Year of the Cucumber Posted by WesternGardener
The National Garden Bureau has christened 2014 as “The Year of the Cucumber,” selecting this edible for recognition in its annual program. There are plenty of ways for gardeners to celebrate with this basket of new varieties to try. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Stuff a Pumpkin]]> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:53:52 -0500 How to Stuff a Pumpkin Posted by WesternGardener
Celebrate the season and create a special centerpiece, just like the Pilgrims used to do. This stuffed pumpkin recipe makes a nice holiday side dish or a featured vegetarian entrée. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Gardener's Collectible: The Whole Heirloom Seed Catalog]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:00:00 -0500 A Gardener's Collectible: The Whole Heirloom Seed Catalog Posted by WesternGardener
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds has produced the “World’s Largest Seed Catalog” for 2014. The catalog is much more than a list of seeds for sale, it’s like a must-have heirloom vegetable encyclopedia for gardeners everywhere. ]]>
<![CDATA[Old Farmer's Almanac is Still Useful and Entertaining]]> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:00:00 -0500 Old Farmer's Almanac is Still Useful and Entertaining Posted by WesternGardener
In 1792, when Robert B. Thomas published the first edition of the Farmer’s Almanack, he couldn’t have imagined it would still be going strong 222 years later. New editions of the book continue to live up to his original promise of providing “new, useful and entertaining matter.” ]]>
<![CDATA[Making Paper Vegetables for Thanksgiving ]]> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:20:36 -0500 Making Paper Vegetables for Thanksgiving Posted by WesternGardener
Are you feeling a little let down because gardening season is over? Then it’s time to get crafty and make your own vegetables with a little paper and some glue. ]]>
<![CDATA[What's Day of the Dead without Veggies and Bread?]]> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:13:40 -0500 What's Day of the Dead without Veggies and Bread? Posted by WesternGardener
In many parts of Mexico, South America and the U.S., families are preparing to honor their dear departed ones on November 1 and 2. Fruits, vegetables and special recipes are part of the celebration. ]]>
<![CDATA[Drying on the Vine ]]> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:01:22 -0500 Drying on the Vine Posted by WesternGardener
It turns out there’s an alternative to drying tomatoes in the oven or using a vegetable dehydrator in the kitchen. Just let the sun do the work. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grafted vs. Ungrafted Tomato Report ]]> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:47:35 -0500 Grafted vs. Ungrafted Tomato Report Posted by WesternGardener
Gardeners will start seeing more grafted vegetables on the market next season. But are they worth the extra expense? Here are the results of one gardener's side-by-side tomato trial. ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant Shallots in Fall to Enjoy Next Spring]]> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 06:00:00 -0500 Plant Shallots in Fall to Enjoy Next Spring Posted by WesternGardener
While you’re planting flower bulbs for springtime color, why not add a few shallot bulbs to the mix? Each bulb you plant will grow clusters of shallots as your fall-planting reward. ]]>
<![CDATA[Time to Savor Heirloom Flavor]]> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 12:29:52 -0500 Time to Savor Heirloom Flavor Posted by WesternGardener
Doreen G. Howard’s new book helps gardeners—especially those who like to cook—explore the joys of growing and enjoying heirloom vegetables, fruits and herbs. She generously shares her Cream of Fresh Tomato soup recipe to demonstrate the delicious difference heirlooms can make. ]]>
<![CDATA[Small Batch Preserving ]]> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 06:00:00 -0500 Small Batch Preserving   Posted by WesternGardener
Small-batch preserving is perfect for gardeners with small gardens or those with vegetables that don’t ripen all at once. It's also an easy, time-saving alternative to marathon canning sessions. Here's how to fill the freezer with small batches of tomatoes, peppers and zucchini. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Sweetest Tomatoes Win Top Prizes]]> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:30:03 -0500 The Sweetest Tomatoes Win Top Prizes Posted by WesternGardener
The NatureSweet Homegrown Tomato Challenge is back on the calendar this year. Home gardeners in three cities line up to test their tomato-growing skills against others. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Great Way to Use Zucchini]]> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 13:18:40 -0500 A Great Way to Use Zucchini Posted by WesternGardener
Every gardener knows that even the smallest zucchini can turn into a five-pound monster overnight. Here’s how one group turns those gigantic summer squash into end-of-summer fun. ]]>
<![CDATA[Returning Seeds to the Library]]> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 06:00:00 -0500 Returning Seeds to the Library Posted by WesternGardener
The Purple Podded Peas the Hudson Valley Seed Library “lent” me earlier this year are ready to be returned to the library. Seeds will be distributed next season to more library patrons. ]]>
<![CDATA[16 Tasty Uses for Dill]]> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 08:00:00 -0500 16 Tasty Uses for Dill Posted by WesternGardener
If you planted dill at the beginning of the season, you’re probably getting ready for a big harvest. Here are 16 creative uses for that easy-to-grow, aromatic herb from Bev Bennett, a Chicago-area recipe developer. ]]>
<![CDATA[Building Community at the River Street Garden]]> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 08:00:00 -0500 Building Community at the River Street Garden Posted by WesternGardener
Community gardens come in all shapes and sizes, and each garden has its own personality. The River Street Community Garden in North Adams, Mass., shows how one small garden can bring many groups of people together. ]]>
<![CDATA[Easier Composting with the Green Cycler]]> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 08:00:00 -0500 Easier Composting with the Green Cycler Posted by WesternGardener
Have you ever wished for a gardening gadget that would make composting easier? The Green Cycler may be just what you need. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tomato Cutting Continues to Grow]]> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:00:00 -0500 Tomato Cutting Continues to Grow Posted by WesternGardener
At the end of last year’s gardening season, I snipped the terminal shoot from a tomato plant, plunked it in a jar of water and kept it over the winter. Here’s how it looks today. ]]>
<![CDATA[Planting Bolt Resistant Lettuce ]]> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:23:49 -0500 Planting Bolt Resistant Lettuce Posted by WesternGardener
I didn’t think it was possible to grow lettuce in the summer, because the heat always caused my crops to bolt. A shady spot has helped extend the season, but variety selection is important, too. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Bean Adds to Fall Planting ]]> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 16:31:58 -0500 New Bean Adds to Fall Planting Posted by WesternGardener
Even though it seems like summer has just arrived, it’s already time to think about fall planting. I feel lucky to be able to add a trial packet of 'Mascotte' bean seeds, a just-announced 2014 All-America Selections winner, to my fall vegetable garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Hooray for the Red, White and Purple]]> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:52:52 -0500 Hooray for the Red, White and Purple Posted by WesternGardener
The purple podded peas I planted in April have exceeded my expectations to be knee-high by the Fourth of July. ]]>
<![CDATA[Three Trellis Ideas for Vertical Vegetables]]> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 08:00:00 -0500 Three Trellis Ideas for Vertical Vegetables Posted by WesternGardener
Gardeners with small space gardens can expand plant more if they train their vegetables to grow up. Here are three trellis ideas to consider for your garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Garlic Scapes are a Savory Signal]]> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:06:14 -0500 Garlic Scapes are a Savory Signal Posted by WesternGardener
The tall flower stalks that shoot up from the center of a garlic plant are a delicious signal for gardeners. Here’s how to put these tender stalks to good use. ]]>
<![CDATA[Design a Beautiful Vegetable Garden]]> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:21:59 -0500 Design a Beautiful Vegetable Garden Posted by WesternGardener
Every vegetable garden is beautiful in its own way because each produces delicious edibles that support a healthy lifestyle. But some vegetable garden designs are so striking they deserve special attention. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow the Ultimate Salad Bowl ]]> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 18:02:55 -0500 How to Grow the Ultimate Salad Bowl Posted by WesternGardener
Gardeners may wonder if the vegetable on the seed packet or photo in the catalog lives up to its lofty description. Hudson Valley Seed Library’s Ultimate Salad bowl doesn't disappoint. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Gardening Handbook for Rocky Mountain Gardeners ]]> Wed, 29 May 2013 08:00:00 -0500 New Gardening Handbook for Rocky Mountain Gardeners Posted by WesternGardener
If you’re new to gardening in the Rocky Mountain region—or you’ve been here a while and still haven’t gotten the hang of it—the "Rocky Mountain Gardener’s Handbook" will help you dig in for a more fruitful experience. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow Micro Greens]]> Sat, 25 May 2013 08:00:00 -0500 How to Grow Micro Greens Posted by WesternGardener
Micro Greens are one of the easiest short-season crops I’ve ever grown. Plant these little gems in early spring, late summer, or early fall for home-grown greens that are ready to harvest in about 25 days. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grafted Tomato Trials Set to Begin]]> Wed, 22 May 2013 08:00:00 -0500 Grafted Tomato Trials Set to Begin Posted by WesternGardener
This year’s gardening trials for Harris Seeds includes a side-by-side comparison of three varieties of grafted heirloom tomatoes versus non-grafted varieties. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow More Food in Small Spaces]]> Wed, 08 May 2013 15:40:53 -0500 Grow More Food in Small Spaces Posted by WesternGardener
Why is it the best ideas for solving gardening problems come from creative gardeners? That’s because gardeners, like Margaret Park, are always searching for ways to overcome obstacles, including how to garden in the smallest of spaces. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Gardener's Guide to Pesticide-Free Produce]]> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:00:00 -0500 A Gardener's Guide to Pesticide-Free Produce Posted by WesternGardener
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its new list of the top 12 commercially-grown fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residues. That’s the bad news. The good news is you can grow many of the “Dirty Dozen” organically on your own. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Garden Down Under]]> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 12:57:34 -0500 How to Garden Down Under Posted by WesternGardener
Gardening is a favorite pastime for people around the globe and every country has its own gardening challenges. Gardeners in Sydney, Australia, have successfully learned how to adapt to the rough conditions Down Under. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Protect Your Garden Naturally]]> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 08:00:00 -0500 How to Protect Your Garden Naturally Posted by WesternGardener
If you’re tired of fighting pests in your garden, you need to arm yourself with Ed Rosenthal’s new book. "Protect Your Garden" is a troubleshooting guide for growing a healthy garden for you and your pets. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow the Seed that Keeps on Giving]]> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:41:38 -0500 Grow the Seed that Keeps on Giving Posted by WesternGardener
Have you ever participated in a “One Book, One City” reading program in your town? If so, then you’re familiar with the revamped seed-saving membership program at the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Now gardeners across the country will grow and save the same variety each year with the "One Seed, Many Gardens" program. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Pepper for Every Garden]]> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 08:00:00 -0500 A Pepper for Every Garden Posted by WesternGardener
What would a garden be without peppers? Whether you like them flame-throwing hot or sweet and mild, there’s a pepper for every gardener’s taste. Here are seven of my favorite varieties to try in your garden this season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gardening and Geeks Go Together]]> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 08:00:00 -0500 Gardening and Geeks Go Together Posted by WesternGardener
Garden nerds unite! Christy Wilhelmi’s new book has you in mind as she cheerfully explains the science behind gardening and how to avoid common mistakes. Whether you want to learn how to grow a beautiful and sustainable garden using bio-intensive gardening methods or build a solar food dryer, "Gardening for Geeks" is for you. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Start a Worm Farm]]> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:33:30 -0500 How to Start a Worm Farm Posted by WesternGardener
These days it seems like almost everyone is talking about keeping chickens in their backyard or raising dwarf goats on their property. If you’re feeling left out, you can start a small farm of your own—a worm farm that is. ]]>
<![CDATA[Kiss My Aster Graphic Guide to Gardening]]> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 08:00:00 -0500 Kiss My Aster Graphic Guide to Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
If you’re new to gardening, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the books offering expert how-to advice. If you’re looking for something a little different, Amanda Thomsen’s book is meant just for you. ]]>
<![CDATA[Start a Community Garden Vegetable Donation Program]]> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 08:00:00 -0500 Start a Community Garden Vegetable Donation Program Posted by WesternGardener
Community gardeners can reap more than vegetables from their garden beds if they donate some of their harvest to a neighborhood food pantry. Here are the steps to starting a Plant a Row for the Hungry donation program at your garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[All New Square Foot Gardening]]> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:00:00 -0500 All New Square Foot Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
Mel Bartholomew’s new book updates his square foot gardening techniques for the next generation of vegetable gardeners. His classic, best-selling book helps gardeners think inside the box with tips on vertical gardening, gardening with kids and an expanded section on pest control. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Year of the Watermelon]]> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 13:22:56 -0500 The Year of the Watermelon Posted by WesternGardener
Thanks to the National Garden Bureau, 2013 is the Year of the Watermelon. New varieties, like ‘Harvest Moon’, are sure to be a big part of the celebration. ]]>
<![CDATA[Special Seed for High-Altitude Gardening]]> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 08:00:00 -0500 Special Seed for High-Altitude Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
If you've ever run into problems growing vegetables in your garden, imagine the challenges of gardening at 8,120 feet high. Special circumstances like these call for special high-altitude seed grown by hardy gardeners. ]]>
<![CDATA[Confusing Seed Terms Defined]]> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:00:00 -0500 Confusing Seed Terms Defined Posted by WesternGardener
Gardeners getting ready for the spring season have many choices when it comes to the kind of seeds they purchase and plant. Here’s how to decide which is the best choice for you. ]]>
<![CDATA[Harris Seeds Home Garden Catalog]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:09:43 -0500 Harris Seeds Home Garden Catalog Posted by WesternGardener
At the beginning of last season, Harris Seeds invited garden writers to trial new vegetable varieties in their gardens in exchange for their candid feedback at the end of the season. The company used the positive evaluations to select some of the vegetable introductions for this year’s gardening catalog. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Book for Vertical Vegetable Gardening]]> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:35:11 -0500 New Book for Vertical Vegetable Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
Small-space vegetable gardeners will appreciate the new book from author and contributing editor Chris McLaughlin. "Vertical Vegetable Gardening" offers dozens of down-to-earth tips for growing up. ]]>
<![CDATA[2013 Vegetable Seed Catalogs Warm Winter Days]]> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 08:00:00 -0500 2013 Vegetable Seed Catalogs Warm Winter Days Posted by WesternGardener
The new crop of seed catalogs have started to fill the mailbox and the cover photos alone are enough to keep a gardener going through many snow-bound days. ]]>
<![CDATA[A World of Seasonal Spices]]> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 11:01:52 -0500 A World of Seasonal Spices Posted by WesternGardener
Christmas wouldn't be the same without the familiar spices that flavor our favorite cookies, breads, nuts and so much more. Here’s where these traditional spices originated and how to put them to use in a recipe for hot spiced wine. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tiny Tomatoes for Indoor Gardening ]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:16:14 -0500 Tiny Tomatoes for Indoor Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
If you have a sunny southern window, you just might be able to enjoy fresh tomatoes through the winter. Tiny Tim is an heirloom variety that’s a perfect “pet tomato” for growing indoors this time of year. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Preserve Winter Squash ]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2012 08:00:00 -0500 How to Preserve Winter Squash Posted by WesternGardener
Now that the Australian Blue winter squash had completed its starring role as a fall decoration, it was time to put it to use in the kitchen. Here’s how to cut and preserve 20-pounds of squash. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Saffron Crocus Surprise]]> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:52:08 -0500 A Saffron Crocus Surprise Posted by WesternGardener
Warm November temperatures in Zone 5 can lead to some garden surprises, especially with saffron crocus corms planted in October. ]]>
<![CDATA[National Tie One On Day ]]> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 08:00:00 -0500 National Tie One On Day  Posted by WesternGardener
Thousands of apron-wearers are set to celebrate National Tie One On Day on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. All you have to do is wrap, write and deliver. ]]>
<![CDATA[Reader Recap: How Did Your Garden Grow?]]> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 18:02:01 -0500 Reader Recap: How Did Your Garden Grow? Posted by WesternGardener
What were you happiest with in your garden during the 2012 season? Please share your most successful gardening tips, best plant recommendations and other good growing ideas. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tips for Preparing Butternut Squash ]]> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:13:05 -0500 Tips for Preparing Butternut Squash  Posted by WesternGardener
Many people shy away from using butternut squash in their recipes because they're difficult to prepare for cooking. Here are tips for making this versatile vegetable easy to peel and cut, and recipes for using the finished product. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow Giant Pumpkins]]> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:26:09 -0500 How to Grow Giant Pumpkins Posted by WesternGardener
A new record for giant pumpkins was set this year with a 2009-pounder grown by Ron Wallace of Rhode Island. Can you imagine trying to carve that into a jack-o-lantern for Halloween? ]]>
<![CDATA[The Baker Creek Vegan Cookbook Review]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 08:00:00 -0500 The Baker Creek Vegan Cookbook Review Posted by WesternGardener
If you need inspiration to help you add more vegetables to your family’s menu, look no farther than this new cookbook from the folks at the Baker Creek Seed Company. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow Saffron Crocus]]> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:07:57 -0500 How to Grow Saffron Crocus Posted by WesternGardener
Saffron has a reputation for being the most expensive substance in the world. Here’s how you can grow this ancient spice in your own garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grafted Vegetables Help Grow Bigger Yields]]> Sat, 06 Oct 2012 12:31:37 -0500 Grafted Vegetables Help Grow Bigger Yields Posted by WesternGardener
New advances in grafted vegetables mean gardeners can grow healthier plants that produce more fruit Here’s how grafted vegetables might change the way you garden in the future. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fall Decorating with Vegetables]]> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:12:21 -0500 Fall Decorating with Vegetables Posted by WesternGardener
The fading flowers of summer give gardeners an opportunity to liven up the landscape with the colors of fall. Here are 10 ideas for fall decorating using the fruits and vegetables from your garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Use Winter Squash for Halloween]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 08:00:00 -0500 Use Winter Squash for Halloween Posted by WesternGardener
Pumpkins are the traditional decorating choice for Halloween, but why settle for the ordinary when you can have the extraordinary? Here are three unusual winter squash varieties to adorn your autumn table. ]]>
<![CDATA[Easy Recipe for Candied Jalapenos]]> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:00:14 -0500 Easy Recipe for Candied Jalapenos Posted by WesternGardener
Have you ever had a hankering for a condiment that’s a combination of sweet, hot and a little tart? Then this easy recipe for candied jalapenos is sure to suit your taste. ]]>
<![CDATA[Walking Stick Kale Really Works]]> Sat, 08 Sep 2012 10:05:19 -0500 Walking Stick Kale Really Works Posted by WesternGardener
In early 2011 I started the seeds of Brassica oleracea longata with the goal of growing a walking stick from Jersey kale. After a year of drying in the basement, the walking stick is now ready to use. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Vegetable Gardening Ideas for 2013, Part 2]]> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 08:00:00 -0500 New Vegetable Gardening Ideas for 2013, Part 2 Posted by WesternGardener
Among the thousands of new gardening products introduced to buyers at the Independent Garden Center (IGC) Show last week, there were dozens I wanted to take home. Here are just four ideas for dressing up your vegetable garden in 2013. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Vegetable Gardening Ideas for 2013, Part 1]]> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:09:13 -0500 New Vegetable Gardening Ideas for 2013, Part 1 Posted by WesternGardener
Vendors at the Independent Garden Center (IGC) Show unveiled thousands of new gardening products last week in Chicago. Here’s a preview of what vegetable gardeners can look forward to in 2013. ]]>
<![CDATA[Recipes for Easy Refrigerator Pickles]]> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 08:00:00 -0500 Recipes for Easy Refrigerator Pickles Posted by WesternGardener
It’s easy to transform garden-fresh cucumbers into crisp and crunchy homemade pickles. Here are two simple recipes to help you savor summer even more. ]]>
<![CDATA[Container Cucumber Report]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:12:35 -0500 Container Cucumber Report Posted by WesternGardener
How well did three different kinds of cucumbers grow in one patio container? Here are the results of the great cucumber experiment of 2012. ]]>
<![CDATA[Three Prize-Winning Veggie Varieties]]> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 08:00:00 -0500 Three Prize-Winning Veggie Varieties Posted by WesternGardener
With a good growing weather and some beginner’s luck, I brought home three blue ribbons from the county fair. Here are the prize-winning basil, cherry tomato, and pepper varieties you might want to try in your next garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Food Fights: Wacky Fun or Wasted Food?]]> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 14:38:03 -0500 Food Fights: Wacky Fun or Wasted Food? Posted by WesternGardener
How do you feel about food fights as entertainment? I’d be interested to hear your opinion. ]]>
<![CDATA[Herb Combinations for Container Gardens]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 10:01:14 -0500 Herb Combinations for Container Gardens Posted by WesternGardener
Most gardening containers feature colorful annuals and other blooming plants. Here are some culinary herb combinations you can plant in a jiffy. ]]>
<![CDATA[Growing Herbs in a Strawberry Pot]]> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 13:50:35 -0500 Growing Herbs in a Strawberry Pot Posted by WesternGardener
A strawberry pot is the perfect size for growing culinary herbs in a small space. Here’s how to plant one with your favorite varieties. ]]>
<![CDATA[Hot Weather Help for Plants]]> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 08:00:00 -0500 Hot Weather Help for Plants Posted by WesternGardener
When the weather heats up, plants need extra help. My mantra? "Mulch like crazy." ]]>
<![CDATA[Undercover Peas]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2012 08:00:00 -0500 Undercover Peas Posted by WesternGardener
Some vegetables enjoy a shady spot as much as gardeners do. Here’s an ideas for keeping cool-season crops undercover to help extend the season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Help for Growing Cucumbers]]> Sat, 16 Jun 2012 09:46:21 -0500 Help for Growing Cucumbers Posted by WesternGardener
Cucumber seedlings are especially attractive to garden pests. Here’s how simple mini-greenhouses can outsmart hungry birds and squirrels. ]]>
<![CDATA[Golden Beets are a Sweet Treat]]> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 15:15:28 -0500 Golden Beets are a Sweet Treat Posted by WesternGardener
Golden beets are distinctly different from their red cousins. Their golden yellow color and mild, sweet flavor make them a nice addition to the spring and fall gardens. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow Pak Choi in a Container]]> Tue, 29 May 2012 17:33:37 -0500 How to Grow Pak Choi in a Container Posted by WesternGardener
Whether you call it pak choi or bok choi, this Chinese cabbage is an easy-to-grow addition to a container garden and very versatile in the kitchen. ]]>
<![CDATA[Easy Container-Grown Basil]]> Fri, 18 May 2012 11:49:15 -0500 Easy Container-Grown Basil Posted by WesternGardener
Basil is a versatile herb for creating quick summer meals. Here’s a super-simple sowing method that guarantees fresh basil all season long. ]]>
<![CDATA[California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening Book Review]]> Sat, 12 May 2012 09:58:10 -0500 California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening Book Review Posted by WesternGardener
If you want to grow a beautiful and bountiful edible garden in California, Claire Splan’s new book is your guide to success. California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening addresses the challenges gardeners face in the Golden State. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Keep Cilantro Fresh]]> Fri, 04 May 2012 13:17:58 -0500 How to Keep Cilantro Fresh Posted by WesternGardener
I hated wasting cilantro that had turned mushy, so I experimented with three different ways to keep this herb garden fresh for weeks. Here’s what I found works best. ]]>
<![CDATA[Front Yard Vegetable Gardening]]> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 12:37:28 -0500 Front Yard Vegetable Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
If you’re tired of spending time and energy growing a green, but inedible front yard, there’s a delicious alternative waiting for you. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Zucchini and Romaine Recommendations]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:48:57 -0500 New Zucchini and Romaine Recommendations Posted by WesternGardener
Are you looking for ways to make gardening a little easier this year? Here are two vegetable varieties that can help. ]]>
<![CDATA["Organic Gardener's Companion" Book Review]]> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 09:07:27 -0500 Posted by WesternGardener
It is possible to grow an organic vegetable garden in the West. All you need is soil, sun, seeds and Jane Shellenberger’s new book. ]]>
<![CDATA[Unique Collaboration Grows in Denver]]> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 17:11:36 -0500 Unique Collaboration Grows in Denver Posted by WesternGardener
Vegetable gardens are sprouting all over the Denver metro area, thanks to a unique collaboration to grow food in city parks. ]]>
<![CDATA['Cayennetta' is New Pepper for 2012]]> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:17:04 -0500 'Cayennetta' is New Pepper for 2012 Posted by WesternGardener
All-America Selections has named the ‘Cayennetta’ pepper a Vegetable Award Winner for 2012. Here’s what you need to know to grow this mildly spicy pepper. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow Potatoes in a Trash Bag]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2012 09:01:33 -0500 How to Grow Potatoes in a Trash Bag Posted by WesternGardener
Potatoes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Even if you don’t have a large garden, you can grow potatoes in a 30-gallon trash bag. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Grow Wheatgrass for Easter]]> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 13:29:17 -0500 How to Grow Wheatgrass for Easter Posted by WesternGardener
A packet of wheatgrass seeds is all you need to grow your own grass for an Easter centerpiece. ]]>
<![CDATA[Year-Round Vegetable Gardening]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 13:08:12 -0500 Year-Round Vegetable Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
Four seasons of vegetable gardening sounds like a gardener’s dream come true. Niki Jabbour proves it’s possible in her new book, “The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener.” ]]>
<![CDATA[Native Seeds/SEARCH Catalog Review]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:35:54 -0500 Native Seeds/SEARCH Catalog Review Posted by WesternGardener
You don’t have to garden in the Southwest to appreciate the work of Native Seeds/SEARCH. The varieties listed in its Seedlisting catalog promote “ancient seeds for modern needs.” ]]>
<![CDATA[Gardening for Beginners]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 17:47:07 -0500 Gardening for Beginners Posted by WesternGardener
Katie Elzer-Peters new gardening guide is like a cookbook for beginning gardeners. Her “Beginner’s Illustrated Guide to Gardening” provides all the recipes they need for starting a garden and keeping it growing. ]]>
<![CDATA[Small-Space Gardening Book Review]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 18:08:59 -0500 Small-Space Gardening Book Review Posted by WesternGardener
If you enjoy reading contributing editor Chris McLaughlin’s weekly posts about vegetable gardening, you’ll love her new book on gardening in small spaces. ]]>
<![CDATA[Stark Bro's Nurseries and Orchards Catalog Review]]> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 17:39:32 -0500 Stark Bro's Nurseries and Orchards Catalog Review Posted by WesternGardener
Stark Bro’s Nurseries & Orchards continues a long tradition of helping home gardeners grow fruit, nuts, berries and ornamental plants. Every catalog displays its tagline prominently: “A Growing Legacy Since 1816." ]]>
<![CDATA[Fisher's Seeds Catalog]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2012 11:15:00 -0500 Fisher's Seeds Catalog Posted by WesternGardener
Longing for an old-fashioned approach to vegetable gardening? Then you’ll appreciate the no-nonsense attitude of the catalog from Fisher’s Seeds in Belgrade, Mont. ]]>
<![CDATA[Peaceful Valley Seed Catalog]]> Sat, 14 Jan 2012 13:40:18 -0500 Peaceful Valley Seed Catalog Posted by WesternGardener
The new seed catalog from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply is an organic gardener’s complete guide to growing. The catalog features vegetable, herb, and flower seeds and many products to make organic growing easier. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Chuckle in Every Catalog]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 14:22:31 -0500 A Chuckle in Every Catalog Posted by WesternGardener
Pick up a copy of the Jung Seeds & Plants catalog and prepare to be entertained. ]]>
<![CDATA[Veggie Trends for 2012]]> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 13:19:18 -0500 Veggie Trends for 2012 Posted by WesternGardener
Vegetable gardeners are in for some nice surprises as they get ready for the 2012 gardening season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Get Ready for Seeding Season]]> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 18:56:43 -0500 Get Ready for Seeding Season Posted by WesternGardener
How many leftover seed packets do you have lying around? Here are six ways to make sure you plant only the seeds you need. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gifts from the Garden]]> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 18:08:37 -0500 Gifts from the Garden Posted by WesternGardener
Here are a few ways creative gardeners can harvest holiday gifts from the garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[I'm Dreaming of a Blue Tomato]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 10:10:00 -0500 I'm Dreaming of a Blue Tomato Posted by WesternGardener
One of the new offerings in Territorial Seed Company’s catalog is the “Indigo Rose” tomato that has an incredible purplish-blue skin. ]]>
<![CDATA[Top 10 Benefits of Leaves]]> Sun, 27 Nov 2011 08:00:00 -0500 Top 10 Benefits of Leaves Posted by WesternGardener
Every bag full of leaves is worth its weight in gold to an organic gardening program. Here are the top 10 reasons why. ]]>
<![CDATA[Check Out This Library]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 18:41:13 -0500 Check Out This Library Posted by WesternGardener
The Hudson Valley Seed Library is a small, independent seed company that offers nearly 200 varieties of regionally-adapted vegetable, herb and flower seeds. These seeds perform especially well for those who struggle with short-season gardens. ]]>
<![CDATA[Homegrown Cayenne is a Kick!]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 15:41:50 -0500 Homegrown Cayenne is a Kick! Posted by WesternGardener
Want to add a little zing to your cooking? Then add some cayenne to your next garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tomatoes: Request for Reader Recommendations]]> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 09:31:03 -0500 Tomatoes: Request for Reader Recommendations Posted by WesternGardener
So many tomatoes; so little time. Please help me decide which varieties I should grow in my garden next year. ]]>
<![CDATA[These Plants are Made for Walking]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 17:28:38 -0500 These Plants are Made for Walking Posted by WesternGardener
In May I wrote about planting a vegetable that could grow 7 feet in one season. Unfortunately, Denver's weather differs considerably from the climate of the Channel Islands of Jersey. ]]>
<![CDATA[Raised Bed Gardens Reach New Heights]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 14:58:11 -0500 Raised Bed Gardens Reach New Heights Posted by WesternGardener
An unusual take on raised beds means planting space for gardeners at every level. ]]>
<![CDATA[Orange You Glad I Asked?]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 12:34:56 -0500 Orange You Glad I Asked? Posted by WesternGardener
Two different stories of how the Amana Orange tomato got its name led me on a hunt for the true story. Here’s how I got to the root of the matter. ]]>
<![CDATA[Summer Squash Takes the Cake]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 12:31:19 -0500 Summer Squash Takes the Cake Posted by WesternGardener
If you’re tired of hearing family members whine about too much squash on the menu, here’s a sweet solution: let them eat cake. ]]>
<![CDATA[Heirloom Lovers Unite!]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2011 10:00:00 -0500 Heirloom Lovers Unite! Posted by WesternGardener
The National Heirloom Exposition celebrated our country’s agricultural heritage with the largest display of heirloom produce imaginable. If you couldn’t join us there, here’s a glimpse of what you missed. ]]>
<![CDATA[My Fava Bean Saga]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 06:00:00 -0500 My Fava Bean Saga Posted by WesternGardener
Fresh fava beans are usually available only in spring, but a late planting proves summer beans are tasty, too. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow Some Spuds in Your Duds]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 11:37:00 -0500 Grow Some Spuds in Your Duds Posted by WesternGardener
One California mom has found a unique way to get her kids to eat their vegetables. ]]>
<![CDATA[Chiming in on Mini Bell Peppers]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:37:49 -0500 Chiming in on Mini Bell Peppers Posted by WesternGardener
Short growing seasons mean gardeners have to get creative if they want to have some sweet success. ]]>
<![CDATA[Perfect Pickled Peppers]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 08:00:00 -0500 Perfect Pickled Peppers Posted by WesternGardener
Pepper plants will keep producing as long as you keep picking the produce. Pickling is an easy way to preserve the flavor of freshly picked peppers. ]]>
<![CDATA[Get a Can Do Attitude]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 08:00:00 -0500 Get a Can Do Attitude Posted by WesternGardener
Too many tomatoes? Can’t keep up with the cukes? Well, now’s the time to get busy canning, freezing, drying, pickling, and fermenting. Oh yes, you can! ]]>
<![CDATA[Lettuce Grow All Summer Long]]> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 14:42:14 -0500 Lettuce Grow All Summer Long Posted by WesternGardener
Expand your lettuce growing options by creating an inexpensive shade to keep your leafy greens cool during the hottest days of summer. ]]>
<![CDATA[3rd Annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Contest]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 12:30:14 -0500 3rd Annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Contest Posted by WesternGardener
Who says Mother Natured doesn’t have a sense of humor? August is the time to see if she helped you grow any oddball vegetables or funny-looking fruit in your garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cool-Season Broccoli Defies Odds]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2011 15:07:16 -0500 Cool-Season Broccoli Defies Odds Posted by WesternGardener
The broccoli plants I transplanted to patio containers in June prove cool-season vegetables can grow in warm weather. ]]>
<![CDATA[Ready, Set, Count!]]> Sat, 16 Jul 2011 08:52:33 -0500 Ready, Set, Count! Posted by WesternGardener
Today's the day to join thousands of gardeners across the country for The Great Bee Count. ]]>
<![CDATA[Good Things Grow in Small Packages]]> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 16:13:33 -0500 Good Things Grow in Small Packages Posted by WesternGardener
‘Lizzano’ tomato, an All-America Selections vegetable winner for 2011, is a now a favorite in my garden, too. ]]>
<![CDATA[Add some Zest to your Garden]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 16:35:00 -0500 Add some Zest to your Garden Posted by WesternGardener
Tomatillos, a distant cousin to the tomato, are ready to enjoy when the fruits are bright green, firm, and tart. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Taste of France]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 17:31:00 -0500 A Taste of France Posted by WesternGardener
French chefs reach for herbes de Provence to season special recipes. Now you can, too. ]]>
<![CDATA[Experimenting with Fava Beans]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:29:04 -0500 Experimenting with Fava Beans Posted by WesternGardener
Planting a cool-season plant in the heat of summer is just another experiment in the backyard laboratory. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tiny Gardens Can Grow Anywhere]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 10:31:41 -0500 Tiny Gardens Can Grow Anywhere Posted by WesternGardener
Whether growing by the square foot or the square inch, there’s room to grow just about anywhere. ]]>
<![CDATA[Deer Don't Like Basil]]> Fri, 27 May 2011 12:05:03 -0500 Deer Don't Like Basil Posted by WesternGardener
As long as gardeners have been gardening, they’ve been trying to keep wildlife from getting to the harvest first. A new book by Ruth Rogers Clausen gives 50 ideas for planting unpalatable plants. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow a 7-foot-tall Vegetable]]> Tue, 17 May 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Grow a 7-foot-tall Vegetable Posted by WesternGardener
What vegetable looks a little like a palm tree, can grow 7-feet tall in one season, and has a stem so strong it can be used as a baseball bat? ]]>
<![CDATA[Gardeners Unite Against Hunger]]> Thu, 12 May 2011 11:18:59 -0500 Gardeners Unite Against Hunger Posted by WesternGardener
The Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign is in its 16th year of asking gardeners to grow extra produce to help feed the hungry in their communities. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Cool New Idea in Plant Protector Design]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:03:34 -0500 A Cool New Idea in Plant Protector Design Posted by WesternGardener
Gardeners who want to extend their growing season in cool climates can benefit from an effective new plant protector design. ]]>
<![CDATA[Free Fertilizers Within Reach]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 10:58:10 -0500 Free Fertilizers Within Reach Posted by WesternGardener
Banana peels, used coffee grounds, and eggshell tea make for some free fertilizers that plants really love. ]]>
<![CDATA[Victory Never Gets Old]]> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Victory Never Gets Old Posted by WesternGardener
The Victory Gardens, located in the Fenway area of Boston, provide a glimpse into gardens of the past, present, and future. ]]>
<![CDATA[Edible Places in Vertical Spaces]]> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 14:27:51 -0500 Edible Places in Vertical Spaces Posted by WesternGardener
If you’re looking for an easy way to expand your vegetable growing options, just Garden Up! ]]>
<![CDATA[High-tech Vegetable Gardening]]> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 16:07:52 -0500 High-tech Vegetable Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
Technology is worming its way into the veggie bed giving gardeners new ways to connect. ]]>
<![CDATA[Lake Valley Seed: Now That's Italian!]]> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 17:44:12 -0500 Lake Valley Seed: Now That's Italian! Posted by WesternGardener
Does winter have you longing for a trip to the Mediterranean? If you can’t afford to travel to Italy, here’s the next best thing. ]]>
<![CDATA[Vegetables Can Break Your Heart]]> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 17:20:01 -0500 Vegetables Can Break Your Heart Posted by WesternGardener
Survey results of 1300 new vegetable gardeners show that despite the hard work and environmental challenges, 91 percent plan to keep on gardening. ]]>
<![CDATA[Inside View for You]]> Thu, 03 Mar 2011 17:00:38 -0500 Inside View for You Posted by WesternGardener
The Root-Vue Farm is a laboratory that lets little (and big) gardeners see what grows on beneath the garden soil. ]]>
<![CDATA[An Essential Growing Guide]]> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:07:13 -0500 An Essential Growing Guide Posted by WesternGardener
If you plan on growing vegetables in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah or Wyoming, let the "Guide to Rocky Mountain Vegetable Gardening" help you avoid problems before they begin. ]]>
<![CDATA[Baskets of Blueberries in Colorado?]]> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 17:35:13 -0500 Baskets of Blueberries in Colorado? Posted by WesternGardener
Colorado's highly alkaline soil makes growing bunches of blueberries impossible, but help is on the way. ]]>
<![CDATA[Planting Pricey Produce]]> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:38:17 -0500 Planting Pricey Produce Posted by WesternGardener
Why bust the budget buying expensive or hard-to-find produce when you can grow your own? ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Plant by Color]]> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:17:56 -0500 How to Plant by Color Posted by WesternGardener
Gardeners can paint a healthful garden picture by planting a palette of colorful veggies loaded with phytonutrients. ]]>
<![CDATA[Happy 200th Anniversary Comstock Seeds!]]> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Happy 200th Anniversary Comstock Seeds! Posted by WesternGardener
The 2011 seed catalog celebrates the 200th anniversary of Comstock, Ferre & Co., the oldest seed company in New England. The catalog features beautiful old photos and illustrations from the company’s antique seed packets. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tomato Lovers Need This Catalog]]> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 16:12:56 -0500 Tomato Lovers Need This Catalog Posted by WesternGardener
The Tomato Growers Supply Company catalog offers a tomato to suit every gardener’s taste. ]]>
<![CDATA[BBB Seed Company Doubles Gardening Fun]]> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 11:11:35 -0500 BBB Seed Company Doubles Gardening Fun Posted by WesternGardener
BBB Seed Company is a small, family-owned business located in Boulder, Colo. Its new catalog features the tagline: "We specialize in beauty for your garden & heirlooms for your health!” ]]>
<![CDATA[Something to Cheer About]]> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 08:00:00 -0500 Something to Cheer About Posted by WesternGardener
Looking for a tasteful, one-of-a-kind gift for the person who has everything? Why not bottle your own special blend of homemade bitters? ]]>
<![CDATA[Time to Decorate for the Holly-days]]> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 11:50:00 -0500 Time to Decorate for the Holly-days Posted by WesternGardener
The garden is the perfect place to find materials and inspiration for hand-crafted holiday decorations, like chile pepper angels. ]]>
<![CDATA[Center Stage Sage]]> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 11:33:55 -0500 Center Stage Sage Posted by WesternGardener
A container of sage planted last spring is finally ready for its starring role in one of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Picking a Peck of Paprika Peppers]]> Thu, 18 Nov 2010 08:00:00 -0500 Picking a Peck of Paprika Peppers Posted by WesternGardener
Pepper plants are grown as annuals, but they’re actually perennial plants that can grow indoors during the winter. ]]>
<![CDATA[To Grow or Not to Grow: That is the Question]]> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 10:42:05 -0500 To Grow or Not to Grow: That is the Question Posted by WesternGardener
More new gardeners joined the home-grown edibles movement this past season than ever before. The big question: will they keep gardening in the future? ]]>
<![CDATA[Hot Things Come in Little Packages]]> Thu, 04 Nov 2010 16:54:30 -0500 Hot Things Come in Little Packages Posted by WesternGardener
Casabella peppers are small in size, but big on heat. Here’s one way to tame them. ]]>
<![CDATA[Adopt a Bat for Halloween]]> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 14:36:50 -0500 Adopt a Bat for Halloween Posted by WesternGardener
Bats are often portrayed as a scary icon for Halloween, but what’s happening to these fuzzy flying mammals is more terrifying. Here’s how gardeners can help. ]]>
<![CDATA[My Holy Quest for Mole]]> Thu, 21 Oct 2010 06:00:00 -0500 My Holy Quest for Mole Posted by WesternGardener
‘Holy Molé’ isn’t just an All-America Selections vegetable winner, it’s a pepper grown with only one purpose in mind. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to use Green Tomates]]> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 17:25:01 -0500 How to use Green Tomates Posted by WesternGardener
A bumper crop of green tomatoes signals the end of the gardening season and the beginning using these green gems in my cooking. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tasting Brussels Sprouts in a New Way]]> Thu, 07 Oct 2010 12:03:51 -0500 Tasting Brussels Sprouts in a New Way Posted by WesternGardener
Brussels sprouts are high in fiber and a delicious source of vitamins A and C, especially if they’re prepared as a delicious side dish that people will actually eat. ]]>
<![CDATA[Squash Mystery Solved]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2010 13:40:07 -0500 Squash Mystery Solved Posted by WesternGardener
The flying-saucer-shaped scallop squash can be a bit baffling to even seasoned gardeners. But after this gardening season, the mystery is solved. ]]>
<![CDATA[Trumpeting the Virtue of Vertical Vegetables]]> Fri, 17 Sep 2010 13:45:24 -0500 Trumpeting the Virtue of Vertical Vegetables Posted by WesternGardener
Growing up is a great way to get more out of a small garden space. The vines of the Trombetta di Albenga climbing summer squash grow quickly on an arbor or trellis and produce beautiful trumpet-shaped fruit. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tipsy Tomatoes Create Tasty Drinks]]> Thu, 09 Sep 2010 09:49:07 -0500 Tipsy Tomatoes Create Tasty Drinks Posted by WesternGardener
Serve up some fun at an end-of-summer party by using your garden-fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit to create tasty—and trendy—infused vodkas. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Lazy Gardener's Recipe for Pickled Beans]]> Thu, 02 Sep 2010 16:38:57 -0500 A Lazy Gardener's Recipe for Pickled Beans Posted by WesternGardener
Having a hard time keeping up with the garden harvest? Too busy to can from scratch? Here’s a lazy gardener’s easy way to pickle beans. ]]>
<![CDATA['Tomaccio' Tomatoes Are All Dried Up]]> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 12:19:13 -0500 'Tomaccio' Tomatoes Are All Dried Up Posted by WesternGardener
The new 'Tomaccio' tomato was specially bred for drying into sweet raisin tomatoes. But the results are disappointing. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sweet Treats Lives Up to Its Name]]> Thu, 19 Aug 2010 11:40:00 -0500 Sweet Treats Lives Up to Its Name Posted by WesternGardener
The new pink cherry tomato called ‘Sweet Treats’ is genetically different from red cherry tomatoes in the way it looks and tastes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Got Weird Veggies or Funny Fruit?]]> Thu, 12 Aug 2010 12:44:19 -0500 Got Weird Veggies or Funny Fruit? Posted by WesternGardener
The Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit contest is on again this year to find the strangest looking vegetable or fruit you've either grown in your own garden or found at your local farmer's market. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fashionable Sage is a Wise Choice for the Garden]]> Sat, 07 Aug 2010 13:03:31 -0500 Fashionable Sage is a Wise Choice for the Garden Posted by WesternGardener
When horticulture and high fashion meet, the results are chic, stylish and definitely delicious. ]]>
<![CDATA[Like Two Beans in a Pod]]> Thu, 29 Jul 2010 12:15:21 -0500 Like Two Beans in a Pod Posted by WesternGardener
Succession planting is a way to grow more vegetables in garden beds, but it can work in containers, too. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sow a Little Love for Fall]]> Fri, 23 Jul 2010 13:25:46 -0500 Sow a Little Love for Fall Posted by WesternGardener
It's not too late to fall in love with Romeo, if you carefully plan a late season planting. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Herb that Keeps on Giving]]> Fri, 16 Jul 2010 16:33:06 -0500 The Herb that Keeps on Giving Posted by WesternGardener
Chives are an easy-to-grow, oniony herb that turns butter into something better. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Great Garlic Harvest]]> Thu, 08 Jul 2010 13:33:51 -0500 The Great Garlic Harvest Posted by WesternGardener
The lone scape standing gave me the sign to pull out the spading fork. The Great Garlic Harvest was ready to begin. ]]>
<![CDATA[These Babies are Fun to Grow]]> Sat, 26 Jun 2010 15:45:00 -0500 These Babies are Fun to Grow Posted by WesternGardener
The growing trend toward container vegetables has produced some new options for small-space gardening, like these Garden Babies. ]]>
<![CDATA[Scarecrows are a Gardening Tradition]]> Thu, 24 Jun 2010 16:45:17 -0500 Scarecrows are a Gardening Tradition Posted by WesternGardener
Farmers have used scarecrows for thousands of years to protect their crops from flocks of hungry birds. Today’s modern gardeners can continue this tradition by creating their own scarecrows using recycled clothing and materials. ]]>
<![CDATA[Structured Salads are Super for Supper]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2010 16:40:31 -0500 Structured Salads are Super for Supper Posted by WesternGardener
Structured salads are an easy way to use garden-fresh veggies and herbs. Besides being fun to make, these salads help stretch your creativity and grocery budget at the same time. ]]>
<![CDATA[Perfect Plant Pairings]]> Fri, 04 Jun 2010 13:19:32 -0500 Perfect Plant Pairings Posted by WesternGardener
Just like pairing wine with food, vegetables can be matched with their most compatible herbs. A good pairing brings out the flavors of each to help you get the most from your garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow a Cold Soup Garden]]> Thu, 27 May 2010 09:36:07 -0500 Grow a Cold Soup Garden Posted by WesternGardener
A chilly bowl of cold soup is the perfect way to beat the summer heat. Just about any sturdy vegetable can be turned into a refreshing meal on a sizzling hot day. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Passion for Cooking with Peppers]]> Thu, 20 May 2010 15:08:42 -0500 A Passion for Cooking with Peppers Posted by WesternGardener
Every kitchen garden needs several different kinds of peppers to use in summer-time recipes. Here are five varieties to add a little spice to your cooking life. ]]>
<![CDATA[Enough Pumpkin for 1000 pies]]> Thu, 13 May 2010 17:37:50 -0500 Enough Pumpkin for 1000 pies Posted by WesternGardener
Growers from coast to coast are spending every gardening minute tending their crops of 'Cucurbita maxima' in an effort to grow a pumpkin that weighs over 1700 pounds. ]]>
<![CDATA[The 30-Mile Gardening Rule]]> Fri, 07 May 2010 11:59:54 -0500 The 30-Mile Gardening Rule Posted by WesternGardener
Landscape designer, horticulturist and author Maureen Gilmer encourages gardeners to embrace their inner tightwad in her new book, “The Small Budget Gardener: All the Dirt on Saving Money in Your Garden.” Gardeners should pretend they live 30 miles from town so they’ll carefully think about their gardening needs before buying. ]]>
<![CDATA[When is a Pear a Vegetable?]]> Mon, 26 Apr 2010 17:00:05 -0500 When is a Pear a Vegetable? Posted by WesternGardener
The sharp spines of the Opuntia can be intimidating, but once they’re removed, the “nopales” turns into a nutritious vegetable that defies its prickly appearance. ]]>
<![CDATA[Hail to the Peas]]> Thu, 15 Apr 2010 15:39:59 -0500 Hail to the Peas Posted by WesternGardener
You don't need to have a large south lawn or live in a White House to grow a spring vegetable garden. All you need is this list of vegetables, herbs and flowers to plant a presidential garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Celebrate National Garlic Month]]> Wed, 07 Apr 2010 16:03:46 -0500 Celebrate National Garlic Month Posted by WesternGardener
April is National Garlic Month and you can celebrate in two ways: in the garden and in the kitchen. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sow Happy Together]]> Thu, 01 Apr 2010 14:19:53 -0500 Sow Happy Together Posted by WesternGardener
There’s an art and science to playing matchmaker in the garden. Here are ways to create plant partners to save garden space, control insect pests and encourage healthy gardens. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Roots of Square Foot Gardening]]> Wed, 24 Mar 2010 18:00:44 -0500 The Roots of Square Foot Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
Waffle gardens were the original square foot kitchen gardens used by Native Americans for dryland farming because they helped conserve precious resources. You can take a step back in time and try this ancient planting method. ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant a Spring Container Garden]]> Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:52:41 -0500 Plant a Spring Container Garden Posted by WesternGardener
If you’re itching to start your spring planting, but the garden soil is still too wet to work, a spring container garden may be the perfect solution. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow a Spring Centerpiece]]> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 14:07:17 -0500 Grow a Spring Centerpiece Posted by WesternGardener
Growing a spring centerpiece from carrot tops is a fun way to recycle kitchen discards and get kids interested in the science of growing plants. ]]>
<![CDATA[Find the Sunniest Spot for Your Plot]]> Fri, 05 Mar 2010 10:00:08 -0500 Find the Sunniest Spot for Your Plot Posted by WesternGardener
Most gardening experts say a productive vegetable garden needs about 8-10 hours of sun each day. Here’s an easy paper-and pencil method to find the sunniest spot in your yard. ]]>
<![CDATA[Take Your Plants for a Ride]]> Tue, 23 Feb 2010 11:59:26 -0500 Take Your Plants for a Ride Posted by WesternGardener
The Rotary Garden is an innovative new product that’s perfect for growing edibles in small spaces. Wheels make the garden portable so it can be moved to where ever the sun shines brightest. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow this Frittata...and more]]> Wed, 17 Feb 2010 16:05:16 -0500 Grow this Frittata...and more Posted by WesternGardener
“Grocery Gardening,” Jean Ann Van Krevelen’s newest book, is all about planting, preparing and preserving fresh food. It’s perfect for cooks who want to be better gardeners or gardeners who want to be better cooks—and everyone in between. ]]>
<![CDATA[Canned Vegetable Seeds a Thrifty Idea]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 18:22:09 -0500 Canned Vegetable Seeds a Thrifty Idea Posted by WesternGardener
One-gallon cans of jumbo-sized packets of garden seeds can be a thrifty alternative for home gardeners who plant large gardens. Each large can contains 16 different veggie favorites and gives new meaning to “canned vegetables.” ]]>
<![CDATA[Veggie Pizza is Super for any Party]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2010 13:09:25 -0500 Veggie Pizza is Super for any Party Posted by WesternGardener
The party menu for the Big Game isn’t limited to burgers, brats and hot wings. A hearty veggie pizza is a super healthy alternative. ]]>
<![CDATA[Pickled Ginger is Sweet and Spicy Condiment]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2010 16:11:27 -0500 Pickled Ginger is Sweet and Spicy Condiment Posted by WesternGardener
Pickled ginger is familiar to sushi and sashimi fans because it helps cleanse the palate between servings and extinguish the wasabi fire. Pickling is just one way to use this versatile root. ]]>
<![CDATA[Add Some Spice to Your Life]]> Thu, 21 Jan 2010 12:52:21 -0500 Add Some Spice to Your Life Posted by WesternGardener
Until you’ve experienced the pleasure of growing sweet red peppers and then grinding the dried pods into fresh paprika, you won’t know what you’ve been missing. One whiff of fresh paprika and you’ll never want to buy grocery store paprika again. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Improve Your Stock Options]]> Thu, 14 Jan 2010 15:20:14 -0500 How to Improve Your Stock Options Posted by WesternGardener
Discover the hidden value of potato peels, carrot tops and other kitchen discards. Gain big dividend every time you cook up a batch of vegetable stock. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cheap and Easy Winter Greens]]> Thu, 07 Jan 2010 13:20:01 -0500 Cheap and Easy Winter Greens Posted by WesternGardener
Growing your own garlic greens during the winter is an inexpensive way to feed two needs at once: a gardener’s need for growing and a cook’s need for something tasty. ]]>
<![CDATA[Renee's Garden Offers Personal Touch]]> Wed, 23 Dec 2009 10:19:45 -0500 Renee's Garden Offers Personal Touch Posted by WesternGardener
Renee Shepherd, founder of Renee’s Garden, goes to extraordinary lengths to offer gardeners high-quality vegetable, flower and herb seeds. She selects easy-to-grow varieties, tests them in her own trial garden and writes detailed instructions for planting and growing. ]]>
<![CDATA[Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Keeps On Growing]]> Thu, 17 Dec 2009 17:03:50 -0500 Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Keeps On Growing Posted by WesternGardener
In 1998, long before the eat local movement took hold, Jere Gettle sent out his first Baker Creek Heirloom Seed catalog. His company continues the tradition of passing along old-fashioned seeds like generations of gardeners before him. ]]>
<![CDATA[Botanical Interests Grows Gardeners]]> Thu, 10 Dec 2009 13:12:30 -0500 Botanical Interests Grows Gardeners Posted by WesternGardener
Botanical Interests is a Colorado-based seed company whose beautifully illustrated seed packets contain much more than just seeds. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sprouts Make Windowsill Gardening Easy]]> Thu, 03 Dec 2009 15:15:00 -0500 Sprouts Make Windowsill Gardening Easy Posted by WesternGardener
Homegrown sprouts are perfect for windowsill gardening any time of the year. Just add water and watch them grow. ]]>
<![CDATA[This Spud's for You]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2009 13:40:42 -0500 This Spud's for You Posted by WesternGardener
Potatoes are one of the easiest root crops for home gardeners to grow. Order your specialty seed potatoes now for delivery next spring. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gifts from the Kitchen--Homemade Red Wine Vinegar]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2009 17:32:29 -0500 Gifts from the Kitchen--Homemade Red Wine Vinegar Posted by WesternGardener
Want to impress the foodie on your gift list this year? A bottle of homemade red wine vinegar is sure to please the pickiest palate. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Sage Way to Delicious Dining]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2009 17:21:00 -0500 A Sage Way to Delicious Dining Posted by WesternGardener
Since medieval times, garden-grown sage has soothed digestive troubles, cured coughs and treated sore throats. It also makes one delicious herbed stuffing for the holidays. ]]>
<![CDATA[Planting for a Snack Attack ]]> Tue, 13 Oct 2009 18:49:10 -0500 Planting for a Snack Attack Posted by WesternGardener
The Best Snacks on EarthA major player in the potato chip biz boasts it “grows the best snacks on earth,” but I have to disagree. The best snacks on earth are grown in my... ]]>