Copyright (c) 2016 en-us Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:19:58 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts <![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[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[Hoshigaki: The Art of Drying Persimmons]]> Sat, 09 Jan 2016 04:12:37 -0500 Hoshigaki: The Art of Drying Persimmons Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last blog post, I wrote about the gift of persimmons with a recipe for persimmon mousse and a smoothie. My daughter Lucie has a persimmon tree in her backyard and after harvesting them, decided to preserve them by drying. Check out the beauty of this ancient food preservation technique... and art form! ]]>
<![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[Bittersweet Chocolate and Chipotle Bark with Salted Pistachios]]> Mon, 07 Dec 2015 16:14:00 -0500 Bittersweet Chocolate and Chipotle Bark with Salted Pistachios Posted by cookinwithherbs
After writing about making chocolate chipotle bark with salted pistachios, I have had requests for the recipe. I'm sharing the recipe here--it makes a brilliant gift for your favorite chilehead, chocoholic or gourmet cook! It is easy to make and one batch makes enough for two or three gifts. ]]>
<![CDATA[Easy-to-Make Holiday Gifts from Your Garden]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:41:34 -0500 Easy-to-Make Holiday Gifts from Your Garden Posted by ChrisMcLaughlin
A collection of simple homemade garden crafts to give as gifts. ]]>
<![CDATA[Green Friday]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:58:15 -0500 Green Friday Posted by cookinwithherbs
While many folks were out experiencing "Black Friday"--I spent time in the out doors with family doing chores--and enjoying a beautiful day in nature. The next two days are great root moon planting days so if you haven't planted your garlic, now is a good time to do it! ]]>
<![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[ New England in Autumn, The Gardens at Elm Bank]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:45:25 -0500  New England in Autumn, The Gardens at Elm Bank Posted by cookinwithherbs
Recently, I traveled to New England to give two presentations for the New England Unit of the Herb Society of America for their daylong symposium "Let's Drink to That!". Lucky me! I was dazzled by the fall foliage. I visited The Gardens at Elm Bank, home of the Massachusetts Hort Society and Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Since I can only post 12 photos per blog, I'm going to highlight Elm Bank here and Tower Hill in the next one. ]]>
<![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[Rose Hips]]> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 16:06:54 -0500 Rose Hips Posted by cookinwithherbs
If you don't grow roses and harvest their hips in your own garden, the hedgerows, overgrown pastures and woods' edge are full of wild rose hips this time of year, that are yours for the labor of harvesting. Take advantage of this free crop, which is chockablock full of vitamin C! ]]>
<![CDATA[More on Fermenting Chiles]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 21:49:05 -0500 More on Fermenting Chiles Posted by cookinwithherbs
My last post I showed you how to ferment chile peppers. This brief video shows a few more fermentation lids, how to tell when chiles are ready and how to store them. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fermenting Chile Peppers]]> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 21:25:44 -0500 Fermenting Chile Peppers Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is the chile harvest season and time to put up the bounty! fermenting hot peppers is a great alternative to pickling and canning--offering great flavor, more vitamins and minerals and better health. Check it out... ]]>
<![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[Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:36:59 -0500 Castor Bean (Ricinus communis) Posted by cookinwithherbs
Although castor bean is a gorgeous, showy plant in the garden, the seeds are poisonous. So why would one want to grow it? Read on to find out... ]]>
<![CDATA[Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina]]> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 17:41:29 -0500 Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina Posted by cookinwithherbs
If you are ever going to South Carolina, or just passing through, make this garden a stop on your list of places to visit. Besides wonderful gardens and ancient live oak trees, fountains and vistas, there are trails, a native animal collection, children's garden, pollinator garden, labyrinth, a small butterfly house, gift shop and cafe--and an incredibly amazing sculpture collection. Plan to spend a day. ]]>
<![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. ]]>