Copyright (c) 2018 en-us Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts Sun, 18 Mar 2018 03:37:26 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts <![CDATA[Seeds]]> Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:55:33 -0500 Seeds Posted by cookinwithherbs
If you haven’t ordered your garden seeds for 2018, now is the time. As I sit by the woodstove looking out on another grey, cold day, the precipitation is coming down heavily. It started out as freezing rain, now it is rain and once the temps start to drop this afternoon, who knows what it will turn to? The back porch steps, the deck and even spots on the packed gravel drive are like a skating rink—so I am not going anywhere. ]]>
<![CDATA[Lunar Happenings ]]> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:46:28 -0500 Lunar Happenings Posted by cookinwithherbs
What the heck is a Super Blue Blood Moon? The moon was officially full this morning at 8:27 am EST. This is a particularly eventful full moon in that it is the second one this month, so called a blue moon, since we already had a full moon on the first of January. The Farmers' Almanac names it a Full Old Moon and it is the only lunar eclipse in North America this year , which was visible to those living west of the Mississippi in the U.S. and Western Canada before dawn this morning. ]]>
<![CDATA[Winter Musings]]> Thu, 25 Jan 2018 12:02:40 -0500 Winter Musings Posted by cookinwithherbs
We have had very cold weather this month and now we have warmed up just a bit--enough to tease us--and make us think spring is in the air. Not. However we can dream of spring and our gardens to be, especially with the seed catalogues coming in and seed sales offered in our emails almost daily. ]]>
<![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[Make some Healthy and Hearty Soup for the New Year ]]> Mon, 01 Jan 2018 15:51:26 -0500 Make some Healthy and Hearty Soup for the New Year Posted by cookinwithherbs
This soup blog was inspired by our recently departed, Dr. James Duke, an inspiration and mentor to many of us--and a master soup maker. There is nothing like a warm bowl of soup on a cold winter day. What better way to start off this auspicious New Year's Day (with a full Wolf moon to boot) than with a healthful, warming winter soup? This split pea soup sticks with you--chockablock full of vegetables--as well as roots and herbs that will build up your immune system and keep you healthy during the cold and flu 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[Roadside Attractions: Season's Greenings at the United States Botanic Garden]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:29:20 -0500 Roadside Attractions: Season's Greenings at the United States Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Went for my annual visit to view the U.S. Botanic Garden's Holiday Show and I wasn't disappointed! This year's theme is Roadside Attractions and it is a fun exhibit. Besides that, it is always lovely to enter the conservatory where it is delightfully warm to come in out of the cold and full of tropical blooms, stunning array of poinsettias, and impressive holiday decorations from decorated trees to hanging baskets, wreaths and more. Don't miss a chance to visit this live or go online and check it out. ]]>
<![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[Smoked Chiles en Adobo]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 10:37:59 -0500 Smoked Chiles en Adobo Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is easy, though a bit time-consuming to smoke your own chiles and make this adobo sauce--however the end product is well worth it--wicked good stuff! ]]>
<![CDATA[Smoking Chile Peppers]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:13:52 -0500 Smoking Chile Peppers Posted by cookinwithherbs
Chipotle peppers are smoke-dried jalapeno peppers. The latter are thick-walled and do not dry well, so they have been smoked-dried for centuries. Recently, I decided to try smoking an assortment of chile peppers in a smoker and make my own chiles en adobo. ]]>
<![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[Botanical Notecards: Make your own holiday cards and gifts]]> Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:17:13 -0500 Botanical Notecards: Make your own holiday cards and gifts Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's not too late to press flowers and leaves of annuals and perennials to make your own botanical cards for holiday greetings or gift giving. ]]>
<![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[End of Gardening Season: Celebrate the Harvest!]]> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:52:41 -0500 End of Gardening Season: Celebrate the Harvest! Posted by cookinwithherbs
We have had our frost warning in my zone 7 Maryland area and I went out the day of the prediction and gathered all of the green tomatoes still on the vine and harvested a large number of chile peppers still hanging on the plants. The chiles still need to be processed; I will dry some of them, make salsa and hot sauce with some and of course eat them every day with every meal. I cut annual flowers and herbs and filled the house with bouquets of zinnias, nicotiana, marigolds and nasturtiums and basil—all of them will turn black with a frost. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cilantro Substitutes or Similars]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:13:18 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Herb Harvest Fall Festival Celebrates Central America, the Caribbean Basin and Mexico]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:40:50 -0500 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. ]]>
<![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[Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek , Michigan]]> Wed, 27 Sep 2017 22:29:25 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Is it Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit?]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 22:56:08 -0500 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. ]]>