Copyright (c) 2017 VegetableGardener.com en-us Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts http://www.vegetablegardener.com/projects Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:12:22 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts http://www.vegetablegardener.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.vegetablegardener.com/projects <![CDATA[Cilantro Substitutes or Similars]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:13:18 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128422/cilantro-substitutes-or-similars http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128422/cilantro-substitutes-or-similars Cilantro Substitutes or Similars Posted by cookinwithherbs
This year we are celebrating Cilantro & Coriander as Herb of the Year for 2017. This herb has a very distinct flavor—there are a number of plants that have many of the same chemical constituents as Coriandrum sativum and sort of mimic the flavor --these herbs are culantro, papaloquelite, pipicha and Vietnamese coriander. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128422/cilantro-substitutes-or-similars
<![CDATA[Herb Harvest Fall Festival Celebrates Central America, the Caribbean Basin and Mexico]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:40:50 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128387/herb-harvest-fall-festival-celebrates-central-america-the-caribbean-basin-and-mexico http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128387/herb-harvest-fall-festival-celebrates-central-america-the-caribbean-basin-and-mexico Herb Harvest Fall Festival Celebrates Central America, the Caribbean Basin and Mexico Posted by cookinwithherbs
Every year at the Ozark Folk Center's HHFF, we celebrate different regions of the globe and see how they relate back to the Ozarks. This year we celebrated some of the tropical areas and had a Caribbean-Style Lavish Herbal Feast and two days of inspiring educational programs featuring Mexico, the countries on the Isthmus of Central America and the many islands in the Caribbean. Read about all of the fun that we had. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128387/herb-harvest-fall-festival-celebrates-central-america-the-caribbean-basin-and-mexico
<![CDATA[Seeds Will Help Heal Hurricane Ravaged Areas]]> Tue, 03 Oct 2017 12:19:34 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128380/seeds-will-help-heal-hurricane-ravaged-areas http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128380/seeds-will-help-heal-hurricane-ravaged-areas 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. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128380/seeds-will-help-heal-hurricane-ravaged-areas
<![CDATA[Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek , Michigan]]> Wed, 27 Sep 2017 22:29:25 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128330/leila-arboretum-in-battle-creek-michigan http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128330/leila-arboretum-in-battle-creek-michigan Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek , Michigan Posted by cookinwithherbs
On a recent road trip to Michigan, we happened upon the Leila Arboretum--and what a find! If you are in the neighborhood--go check it out! Wonderful gardens and a great place for kids; this is one not to miss. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128330/leila-arboretum-in-battle-creek-michigan
<![CDATA[Is it Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit?]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 22:56:08 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128313/is-it-welsh-rabbit-or-rarebit http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128313/is-it-welsh-rabbit-or-rarebit Is it Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit? Posted by cookinwithherbs
Rarebit or Rabbit--it's basically a cheese sauce over toast. I made this for the Great Hops Cookoff (had just 10 minutes) at the IHA conference and of course, I added herbs and a good hoppy IPA for maximum flavor, along with a dead ripe summer tomato. This is a quick and easy dish to make when you don't know what to have for lunch or supper and you don't feel like another sandwich. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128313/is-it-welsh-rabbit-or-rarebit
<![CDATA[International Herb Association Conference in Michigan featuring Hops, Herb of the Year 2018]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:51:59 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128290/international-herb-association-conference-in-michigan-featuring-hops-herb-of-the-year-2018 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128290/international-herb-association-conference-in-michigan-featuring-hops-herb-of-the-year-2018 International Herb Association Conference in Michigan featuring Hops, Herb of the Year 2018 Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last week the IHA held their conference in Hickory Corners, Michigan at the Kellogg Biological Station, which is a great place to hold a conference and be in nature at the same time. There's walking trails along Gull Lake, an amazing number of beautiful old trees, a bird sanctuary, the Manor House and more. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128290/international-herb-association-conference-in-michigan-featuring-hops-herb-of-the-year-2018
<![CDATA[3 Easy Ways to Preserve the Herbs]]> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:21:19 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128286/3-easy-ways-to-preserve-the-herbs http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128286/3-easy-ways-to-preserve-the-herbs 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. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128286/3-easy-ways-to-preserve-the-herbs
<![CDATA[Summer Heights]]> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:34:01 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128203/summer-heights http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128203/summer-heights Summer Heights Posted by cookinwithherbs
Summer is near about peaking. Plants are reaching for the sun and growing fast in this heat, so there are many tall annuals and perennials in the garden. Pictured are a few that stand out. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128203/summer-heights
<![CDATA[Garden Seeds, Fruits and Flowers to Watch for Now]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:46:13 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128186/garden-seeds-fruits-and-flowers-to-watch-for-now http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128186/garden-seeds-fruits-and-flowers-to-watch-for-now Garden Seeds, Fruits and Flowers to Watch for Now Posted by cookinwithherbs
Many garden plants are already setting seed, which come in infinite shapes, sizes and textures. Want to know when to harvest? What to leave and for how long? What to remove right away? Though there are many books written on the subject of seed saving, here are some seeds, as well as a few berries and flowers you might be seeing now in your garden that are ready to gather--or just admire. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128186/garden-seeds-fruits-and-flowers-to-watch-for-now
<![CDATA[You Can Grow a Lot of Hot Weather Plants Down Here in the Ozarks]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:10:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128167/you-can-grow-a-lot-of-hot-weather-plants-down-here-in-the-ozarks http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128167/you-can-grow-a-lot-of-hot-weather-plants-down-here-in-the-ozarks You Can Grow a Lot of Hot Weather Plants Down Here in the Ozarks Posted by cookinwithherbs
I'm still here in the Ozarks after teaching summer folk school classes last week. This gardening season, the gardeners planted lots of plants here with the upcoming Herb Harvest Fall Festival in mind. This year the featured countries are Central America, the Caribbean basin and Mexico, so plants from those regions are growing here. Those regions of the world are hot and tropical and those plants seem to be doing well here in the Ozarks where the hot temperatures have been extreme. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128167/you-can-grow-a-lot-of-hot-weather-plants-down-here-in-the-ozarks
<![CDATA[Be a Blue Ribbon Vegetable Winner]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:36:25 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128163/be-a-blue-ribbon-vegetable-winner http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128163/be-a-blue-ribbon-vegetable-winner 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. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128163/be-a-blue-ribbon-vegetable-winner
<![CDATA[How to “Grow” Black Garlic]]> Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:13:06 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128146/how-to-grow-black-garlic http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128146/how-to-grow-black-garlic 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? ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128146/how-to-grow-black-garlic
<![CDATA[Botanical Waters (Aguas Frescas): Celebrate the Season with Flavorful Healthy Beverages]]> Tue, 04 Jul 2017 22:05:22 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128127/botanical-waters-aguas-frescas-celebrate-the-season-with-flavorful-healthy-beverages http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128127/botanical-waters-aguas-frescas-celebrate-the-season-with-flavorful-healthy-beverages Botanical Waters (Aguas Frescas): Celebrate the Season with Flavorful Healthy Beverages Posted by cookinwithherbs
We are having hot weather, which means we should be hydrating a lot. I'm harvesting the mints and monardas and lemon balm and these herbs are wonderfully refreshing when infused in water. Add a little fresh seasonal fruit--and you have a fiesta in a glass--full of vitamins and minerals and delicious! I call these herb-and-fruit-infusions botanical waters or flavored waters. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128127/botanical-waters-aguas-frescas-celebrate-the-season-with-flavorful-healthy-beverages
<![CDATA[Visit Your Local Botanic Garden]]> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 10:59:22 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128067/visit-your-local-botanic-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128067/visit-your-local-botanic-garden Visit Your Local Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last weekend was the You Can Grow It! Festival at the U.S. Botanic Garden. There was a good turnout and visitors got to pot up an herb plant and a carnivorous plant, view a beehive and taste honey, observe insect activity in the Butterfly Garden, smell the roses in the Rose Garden, enjoy the native blooms in the Regional Garden and then cool of in the Conservatory while enjoying the many plant collections from tropicals and medicinals to rare & endangered. There is always something going on at your local Botanic Garden or Arboretum--and an everchanging seasonal landscape--so find one near you and go visit! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128067/visit-your-local-botanic-garden
<![CDATA[Harvest Nettle Seeds to Make a Tasty Condiment: Gomasio with Nettle Seeds & Sea Vegetables]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:30:38 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128038/harvest-nettle-seeds-to-make-a-tasty-condiment-gomasio-with-nettle-seeds-sea-vegetables http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128038/harvest-nettle-seeds-to-make-a-tasty-condiment-gomasio-with-nettle-seeds-sea-vegetables Harvest Nettle Seeds to Make a Tasty Condiment: Gomasio with Nettle Seeds & Sea Vegetables Posted by cookinwithherbs
With the onset of warm weather, I allow the nettle patch to flower and make seed. Since the seeds are edible, I like to harvest and dry them, which is a bit labor intensive, however well worth the effort. The way that I like to use them best is to combine them with sesame seeds and sea salt and sometimes, seaweed, to make an incredibly tasty and nutritive version of gomasio. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128038/harvest-nettle-seeds-to-make-a-tasty-condiment-gomasio-with-nettle-seeds-sea-vegetables
<![CDATA[Nettles: Last Harvest until Fall]]> Sun, 11 Jun 2017 18:47:11 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128018/nettles-last-harvest-until-fall http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128018/nettles-last-harvest-until-fall Nettles: Last Harvest until Fall Posted by cookinwithherbs
Once nettles flower and set seed, most sources say they are too bitter to eat and that the leaves become stringy and gritty with calcium oxalate. Right now I am after the seeds so I can make gomasio and also I want to cut them back so that I will have a fall crop. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128018/nettles-last-harvest-until-fall
<![CDATA[Growing Tomatoes and Peppers in the Garden using Black Plastic Mulch ]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 17:20:25 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128001/growing-tomatoes-and-peppers-in-the-garden-using-black-plastic-mulch http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128001/growing-tomatoes-and-peppers-in-the-garden-using-black-plastic-mulch Growing Tomatoes and Peppers in the Garden using Black Plastic Mulch Posted by cookinwithherbs
Oh boy did I open a can of worms when I started to do research on the pros and cons of using black plastic mulch! Yes, it does warm the soil, extend crops growing time, hold moisture in the soil and keep down a plethora of weeds. No, black plastic is not organic. Most black plastic eventually goes into the landfill in a season or two—unless you use one of the newer biodegradable or photo-degradable black plastic mulches. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128001/growing-tomatoes-and-peppers-in-the-garden-using-black-plastic-mulch
<![CDATA[Basic Vinaigrette & Variations]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 15:58:32 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127975/basic-vinaigrette-variations http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127975/basic-vinaigrette-variations Basic Vinaigrette & Variations Posted by cookinwithherbs
Vinaigrettes are so easy to make and are far better than store-bought bottled dressings. This is my "little black dress" dressing--my family's favorite--simple and tasteful. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127975/basic-vinaigrette-variations
<![CDATA[Cilantro Recipe: Mango Habanero Salsa with Cilantro]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:32:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127924/cilantro-recipe-mango-habanero-salsa-with-cilantro http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127924/cilantro-recipe-mango-habanero-salsa-with-cilantro Cilantro Recipe: Mango Habanero Salsa with Cilantro Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my blog on Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017, I promised to post a recipe. Here is a bright and flavorful salsa that is great with chips, on a taco salad or quesadilla, and with anything from the grill! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127924/cilantro-recipe-mango-habanero-salsa-with-cilantro
<![CDATA[Just Released: Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:26:30 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127886/just-released-cilantro-coriander-herb-of-the-year-2017 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127886/just-released-cilantro-coriander-herb-of-the-year-2017 Just Released: Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017 Posted by cookinwithherbs
Every year the International Herb Association chooses an herb of the year to feature, as well as publishes a book on the selected herb so we can all get to know the particular herb up close and personal. This year we celebrate cilantro & coriander (one is the herb leaf and the other is the herb seed--both from the same plant--so we get two for one this year!) ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127886/just-released-cilantro-coriander-herb-of-the-year-2017