Copyright (c) 2016 en-us Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:10:21 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts <![CDATA[Quinoa ]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:22:40 -0500 Quinoa Posted by cookinwithherbs
Quinoa is another food indigenous to South America domesticated as a food crop 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. We are seeing more and more recipes using this crunchy, nutritive grain. This tasty salad is easy and quick to prepare. ]]>
<![CDATA[Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring Plants of South America]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:29:39 -0500 Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring Plants of South America Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last weekend, we celebrated the 27th annual Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring the foods of South America at the Ozark Folk Center. Learn about some of the foods indigenous to this continent--you might be surprised! ]]>
<![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[Herbal Harvest: Basil and More...]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:42:58 -0500 Herbal Harvest: Basil and More... Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time to gather in the last basil harvest--as well as any other tender herbs--because they will go with the first frost. Here's a few things that I do with an abundance of basil. ]]>
<![CDATA[September Garden Harvest]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:48:56 -0500 September Garden Harvest Posted by cookinwithherbs
Well the late September garden is full of chiles as well as herbs to harvest and preserve... that's what I've been doing the past few days. And the annual flowers are blooming their hearts out--getting the last of the calendula flower heads and gathered the nasturtiums for a lovely, peppery vinegar. I also sowed some lettuce seeds, cold-weather spinach, cilantro,kale and radishes; I am not sure whether they will germinate and produce before the cold weather sets in, though I decided to take a chance. If they do germinate, I'll be covering them with floating row cover for sure. ]]>
<![CDATA[Last Day of Summer]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:15:16 -0500 Last Day of Summer Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is the last day of summer and tomorrow heralds the autumnal equinox. The summer garden is definitely looking like fall is in the air. See what my zone 7 Maryland garden looks like and what I'm harvesting and preserving. ]]>
<![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[DeBaggio Herb Farm and Nursery]]> Sun, 04 Sep 2016 15:22:57 -0500 DeBaggio Herb Farm and Nursery Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last, though not least, I want to write about the last herb farm that we visited on our IHA field trip, DeBaggio Herb Farm and Nursery. Although they are closed for the season, they weeded their gardens and opened up for us to visit. ]]>
<![CDATA[Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:31:10 -0500 Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm Posted by cookinwithherbs
A delightful herbal luncheon served al fresco alongside a pond with fountain, surrounded by numerous theme gardens was part of our IHA pre-conference tour to Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm. Enjoy a tour of this small family farm owned and operated by Maria Price Nowakowski and her husband Martin. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Green Farmacy Garden]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:04:16 -0500 The Green Farmacy Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
The Green Farmacy Garden is Dr. Jim Duke's medicinal herb teaching garden (his book the Green Pharmacy published by Rodale in 1997 has sold over a million copies) used by the Maryland University of Integrative Health, located in Fulton, Maryland. Recently, the International Herb Association went on a field trip there--read all about it here! ]]>
<![CDATA[Flourish! Inside and Out at the U.S. Botanic Garden]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:07:25 -0500 Flourish! Inside and Out at the U.S. Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Even though it has been really hot, I've been visiting gardens this summer--so I'm going to share some of them with you in the next few blogs. This year's exhibit inside and outside at the USBG is colorful and aesthetically delightful--might be one of my favorite outdoor displays there ever--check it out! ]]>
<![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[Summer Bounty]]> Sun, 31 Jul 2016 17:59:54 -0500 Summer Bounty Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year when we are reaping the harvest--benefiting from all of our earlier hard labor--and approaching a vegetable glut! Hot weather makes us want to cook less, so think about making salads in the morning or on the weekend to have for supper, then you just need to slice some tomatoes and cucumbers and maybe steam some corn. Enjoy the bounty now! ]]>
<![CDATA[ The Aromatherapy Garden--Book Review]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 17:01:58 -0500  The Aromatherapy Garden--Book Review Posted by cookinwithherbs
If you are a gardener who enjoys fragrant plants, then Kathi Keville's new book The Aromatherapy Garden: Growing Fragrant Plants for Happiness and Well-Being, should be on your reading list! ]]>
<![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[July in the Garden]]> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 17:00:43 -0500 July in the Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Summer is full on and the garden is growing in leaps and bounds. Here in Maryland, we have had pretty great weather--our days have been in the upper 80s rather than the usual 90s and so I can't... ]]>
<![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[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[Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2016]]> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 16:41:56 -0500 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2016 Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my last post I posted photos of Epcot Fresh--pix of food displays and gardens. Here are another dozen photos of some of my favorite plants, topiary and garden vistas. The gardeners and cast members have outdone themselves for this year's Flower & Garden Festival! ]]>