Copyright (c) 2019 VegetableGardener.com en-us Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts http://www.vegetablegardener.com/projects Sat, 19 Jan 2019 06:30:41 -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[Winter Solstice Wedding]]> Mon, 24 Dec 2018 15:08:54 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129386/winter-solstice-wedding http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129386/winter-solstice-wedding Winter Solstice Wedding Posted by cookinwithherbs
The winter holiday season has begun--yesterday was the winter solstice--and today the full cold moon shines bright in the night sky. Yesterday, we celebrated the marriage of my daughter Lucie to Matt, the love of her life. We used the herbs and greenery of the season with lots of candlelight and sparkly fairy lights to add to the magic of the day. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Birds are Wild for Homemade Suet]]> Mon, 24 Dec 2018 14:55:43 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129408/birds-are-wild-for-homemade-suet http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129408/birds-are-wild-for-homemade-suet 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Make Miniature Pomanders for Christmas]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:44:47 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129379/make-miniature-pomanders-for-christmas http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129379/make-miniature-pomanders-for-christmas 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Garden Fun for Kids in New Orleans]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:29:36 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129347/garden-fun-for-kids-in-new-orleans http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129347/garden-fun-for-kids-in-new-orleans Garden Fun for Kids in New Orleans Posted by cookinwithherbs
Can't let my recent visit to the Big Easy go by without reporting about two really fun places for kids (both young and old)--if you live there--don't miss these gardens. If you are a visitor or wannabe, put these on your must do list. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Longue Vue Gardens in New Orleans]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:11:36 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129320/longue-vue-gardens-in-new-orleans http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129320/longue-vue-gardens-in-new-orleans Longue Vue Gardens in New Orleans Posted by cookinwithherbs
Recently had a taste of the sweet, sunny South--left Maryland in 23-degree weather and arrived in New Orleans to 60 degrees with leaves still on the trees and many plants in bloom. Headed for a favorite garden spot to visit: Longue Vue Gardens. Enjoy the sunshine in the gardens even if it is cold where you are! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Holiday Decorations to Attract Birds in Winter]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:21:27 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129313/holiday-decorations-to-attract-birds-in-winter http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129313/holiday-decorations-to-attract-birds-in-winter 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[How to Grow an Indoor Rosemary Topiary]]> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 14:21:30 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129310/how-to-grow-an-indoor-rosemary-topiary http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129310/how-to-grow-an-indoor-rosemary-topiary 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Make your own Calendula Salve]]> Fri, 30 Nov 2018 15:53:17 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129286/make-your-own-calendula-salve http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129286/make-your-own-calendula-salve Make your own Calendula Salve Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is the last day of November (already!)--it's that time of year where we need to think about holiday gifts--and what better than a useful, homemade gift? Calendula salve is easy to make once your calendula petals have infused in oil and it makes a wonderful herbal salve. As a gardener, I use it regularly, however it is great for chapped lips, hands and dry skin and it is gentle enough to be used in preparations for babies. Give a gift that will be appreciated and used--this one is thoughtful, homemade and healing! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Plant Some Fun this Weekend]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:17:03 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129265/plant-some-fun-this-weekend http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129265/plant-some-fun-this-weekend 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Harvest Season Celebrations and Events]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2018 19:49:55 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129220/harvest-season-celebrations-and-events http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129220/harvest-season-celebrations-and-events Harvest Season Celebrations and Events Posted by cookinwithherbs
The end of October-beginning of November brings about the close and celebration of the harvest season as well as a few seasonal celebrations. October 31 is All Hallow's Eve or Halloween,and it is the beginning of Samhein in Ireland and Day of the Dead in Mexico and other Latin American countries. ]]>
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<![CDATA[International Herb Association Conference 2018]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2018 17:24:55 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129192/international-herb-association-conference-2018 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129192/international-herb-association-conference-2018 International Herb Association Conference 2018 Posted by cookinwithherbs
This year's IHA conference in Mountain View, Arkansas, was full of memorable moments--from seeing dear old friends, field trip to Missouri and Baker Creek and Sweetwater Land Trust, fun and educational programs from a variety of speakers, great vendors--to the annual awards banquet and auction and time in the Heritage Herb Garden (even in the rain). ]]>
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<![CDATA[Citrus Hop Bitters]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:15:13 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129187/citrus-hop-bitters http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129187/citrus-hop-bitters Citrus Hop Bitters Posted by cookinwithherbs
Nearly everyone who tastes these bitters, asks for the recipe. So I am sharing it here so you can make your own--they are easy to make and store for years (if they last that long). This recipe is published in Hops, Herb of the Year 2018 by the International Herb Association. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring the Southern U.S.]]> Sun, 30 Sep 2018 23:21:45 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129149/herb-harvest-fall-festival-featuring-the-southern-us http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129149/herb-harvest-fall-festival-featuring-the-southern-us Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring the Southern U.S. Posted by cookinwithherbs
Gearing up for the Herb Harvest Fall Festival at the Ozark Folk Center. This year we are highlighting the foods of the Southern United States--south of historic U.S. 40. Here is a sneak preview of a classic buttermilk pie--infused with herbal flavors. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Pesto alla Genovese]]> Fri, 27 Jul 2018 01:01:12 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129047/pesto-alla-genovese http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129047/pesto-alla-genovese Pesto alla Genovese Posted by cookinwithherbs
For centuries, Italians have made pesto with a mortar and pestle, hence the name pesto from the verb pestare, which means to pound or grind. Pesto prepared in this manner is by far the best, it has a wonderful emulsion and is thick and creamy. The flavors are also more intense--the garlic is more pungent, the nuts are sweeter and more resinous, and the basil is rich in perfume. Nowadays, many of us use the food processor to make pesto since it is quick and easy. Directions for both methods are given here. ]]>
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<![CDATA[The Essential Ingredient of Pesto is Basil]]> Fri, 27 Jul 2018 00:48:11 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129044/the-essential-ingredient-of-pesto-is-basil http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129044/the-essential-ingredient-of-pesto-is-basil The Essential Ingredient of Pesto is Basil Posted by cookinwithherbs
Often referred to as Pesto alla Genovese, the essential ingredients of pesto are an Italian green basil (preferably ‘Genoa Green’ or something similar), olive oil, garlic, parmesan, and pine nuts. Real pesto is not made from cilantro, arugula, nettles and other herbs--green herb sauces are called salsa verde. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Quintessential Summer Food: Deviled Eggs]]> Wed, 04 Jul 2018 17:29:06 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129027/quintessential-summer-food-deviled-eggs http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/129027/quintessential-summer-food-deviled-eggs Quintessential Summer Food: Deviled Eggs Posted by cookinwithherbs
What food do we think of for picnics, barbecues, potlucks and cool summer fare on hot summer days? Yep, deviled eggs are perhaps more American than apple pie. And every single person I know has their own recipe... here's our family favorite... with a list of variations. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Plant Heirloom Flowers to Grow More Vegetables]]> Mon, 04 Jun 2018 11:27:39 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128952/plant-heirloom-flowers-to-grow-more-vegetables http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128952/plant-heirloom-flowers-to-grow-more-vegetables 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. ]]>
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<![CDATA[How to Create a Dream Pillow from Dried Herbs]]> Wed, 30 May 2018 22:55:55 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128949/how-to-create-a-dream-pillow-from-dried-herbs http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128949/how-to-create-a-dream-pillow-from-dried-herbs How to Create a Dream Pillow from Dried Herbs Posted by cookinwithherbs
Hops have been used for centuries to brew beers and in infusions for medicinal purposes, however hops have many other uses as you can see in the following recipe for creating your own dream pillow. Herb Society of America members had a hands-on project last week where folks could make their own dream pillows and it was very popular. After a long day of gardening or a hard day at work, relax in a hot tub and then hop into bed with a dream pillow and sweet dreams! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Hop-Happy Teas]]> Wed, 30 May 2018 14:05:39 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128946/hop-happy-teas http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128946/hop-happy-teas Hop-Happy Teas Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last weekend at our Celebrate Hops, Herb of the Year 2018 event at the US National Arboretum, we served lots of hop infusions and some herb tea blends and folks liked them so much, I'm posting a few of the recipes here. ]]>
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<![CDATA[5 Easy Vegetable Garden Hacks]]> Tue, 29 May 2018 11:35:45 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128944/5-easy-vegetable-garden-hacks http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128944/5-easy-vegetable-garden-hacks 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. ]]>
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