Copyright (c) 2017 VegetableGardener.com en-us Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts Vegetable Gardener - Projects category featured posts http://www.vegetablegardener.com/projects Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:24:27 -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[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! ]]>
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<![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. ]]>
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<![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. ]]>
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<![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. ]]>
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<![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
<![CDATA[Vegetable Seeds for Easter Baskets]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:04:11 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127824/vegetable-seeds-for-easter-baskets http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127824/vegetable-seeds-for-easter-baskets Vegetable Seeds for Easter Baskets Posted by WesternGardener
Let the Easter bunny plant the seeds of gardening by adding a few vegetable seed packets to the basket this year. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Insect Pest Warning System for Vegetable Gardeners]]> Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:13:48 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127827/insect-pest-warning-system-for-vegetable-gardeners http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127827/insect-pest-warning-system-for-vegetable-gardeners Insect Pest Warning System for Vegetable Gardeners Posted by WesternGardener
Wouldn't it be nice to know when to expect an invasion of insect pests to your vegetable garden? Then The Big Bug Hunt needs you! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127827/insect-pest-warning-system-for-vegetable-gardeners
<![CDATA[Strawberry Shrub]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:17:01 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127804/strawberry-shrub http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127804/strawberry-shrub Strawberry Shrub Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my travels down South lately, I've been doing programs on capturing the essence of herbs. One easy, seasonal recipe that I have been preparing with an enthusiastic response is strawberry shrub with lemon balm. It is simple, mouthwatering and a perfect blend of seasonal flavors. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127804/strawberry-shrub
<![CDATA[The Foodscape Revolution]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:07:38 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127800/the-foodscape-revolution http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127800/the-foodscape-revolution The Foodscape Revolution Posted by WesternGardener
If you’ve been relegating your fruits, vegetables and herbs to the backyard garden, it’s time to rethink that vegetable gardening approach. Foodscaping is the vegetable gardening trend that encourages gardeners to mix edible plants with ornamentals throughout the landscape. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127800/the-foodscape-revolution
<![CDATA[Sponges Make Seed Sprouting Seem Like Magic]]> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:19:05 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127750/sponges-make-seed-sprouting-seem-like-magic http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127750/sponges-make-seed-sprouting-seem-like-magic Sponges Make Seed Sprouting Seem Like Magic Posted by WesternGardener
Seeds can sprout just about anywhere, even on colorful sponges. This easy indoor gardening project is a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and other spring holidays. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127750/sponges-make-seed-sprouting-seem-like-magic
<![CDATA[Shed Stress with a Beautiful Backyard Escape]]> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 13:09:15 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127744/shed-stress-with-a-beautiful-backyard-escape http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127744/shed-stress-with-a-beautiful-backyard-escape Shed Stress with a Beautiful Backyard Escape Posted by WesternGardener
Erika Kotite’s new book, She Sheds: A Room of Your Own, will help you imagine a beautiful retreat in your own backyard. The 23 featured sheds will inspire you to turn an ordinary shed into a small sanctuary. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127744/shed-stress-with-a-beautiful-backyard-escape
<![CDATA[Hudson Valley Starts Center for Seed Stewardship]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:20:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127660/hudson-valley-starts-center-for-seed-stewardship http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127660/hudson-valley-starts-center-for-seed-stewardship Hudson Valley Starts Center for Seed Stewardship Posted by WesternGardener
After 12 years as Hudson Valley Seed Library, the company has a new name, new logo and a new nonprofit dedicated to protecting our seed resources. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127660/hudson-valley-starts-center-for-seed-stewardship
<![CDATA[Homemade Kombucha Know-how]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:43:13 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127654/homemade-kombucha-know-how http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127654/homemade-kombucha-know-how Homemade Kombucha Know-how Posted by WesternGardener
Whether you’ve been enjoying kombucha for years or you’re new to the idea of drinking fermented sweet tea, The Big Book of Kombucha is your complete guide to the art of brewing and enjoying this healthful beverage. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127654/homemade-kombucha-know-how
<![CDATA[All Hail Kale for 2017]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:35:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127626/all-hail-kale-for-2017 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127626/all-hail-kale-for-2017 All Hail Kale for 2017 Posted by WesternGardener
The National Garden Bureau has spoken and named 2017 the Year of the Brassica. Now’s the time to start planning how to celebrate all the delicious nutritious cole crops in your vegetable garden this spring. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:19:46 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127623/cilantro-coriander-herb-of-the-year-2017 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127623/cilantro-coriander-herb-of-the-year-2017 Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017 Posted by cookinwithherbs
This year we celebrate Cilantro & Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) as Herb of the Year 2017. The leaf of the coriander plant is known as cilantro throughout much of the western world. It is often called coriander leaf and Chinese parsley in other parts of the globe. The seed is known as coriander and has been used as a spice--from as far back as the ancient Egyptians and was mentioned in the Bible. It's time to order your seed to have it in time for early spring planting! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127623/cilantro-coriander-herb-of-the-year-2017
<![CDATA[Share the Gardening Love]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:52:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127619/share-the-gardening-love http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127619/share-the-gardening-love Share the Gardening Love Posted by WesternGardener
Now’s the time to help kids get connected, just not to the latest technology. Pull the plug and take the American Horticultural Society’s pledge to find ways to share your love of gardening with the children in your life. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Seed Catalogs for 2017]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:52:18 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127610/seed-catalogs-for-2017 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127610/seed-catalogs-for-2017 Seed Catalogs for 2017 Posted by cookinwithherbs
My first seed catalog for 2017 arrived before Christmas. I enjoy sitting by the woodstove with the catalogs and perusing the photos and descriptions of mouthwatering herbs, vegetables and fruits, dreaming of this year's garden-to-be. Admittedly, I have been receiving fewer catalogs every year since I tend not to order from many of them--and I am sure seed companies need to save the expense of printing and shipping color catalogs to folks who don't place orders. Here are a few that I will be ordering from soon--as well as a few that I order from online. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127610/seed-catalogs-for-2017
<![CDATA[Herbal Products for 2017]]> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 15:47:49 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127594/herbal-products-for-2017 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127594/herbal-products-for-2017 Herbal Products for 2017 Posted by cookinwithherbs
I had planned on doing a blog about favorite herbal products for holiday gifts, however this is an even better time to post some of these amazing creations--for the new year--and to help get us through the cold and dark days ahead. I want to extol the virtues of some herbal businesses that I know and use on a regular basis from growers, purveyors, bloggers and creators of delicious and delightful herbal products. ]]>
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