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Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017

Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017

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!

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Resolve to Enjoy Fermented Vegetables in the New Year

Resolve to Enjoy Fermented Vegetables in the New Year

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One of the newest healthy food trends this year is also one of the oldest. Fermented foods, like sauerkraut, are good for you, and they’re also just plain good. Here's all you need to get started.

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Herbal Products for 2017

Herbal Products for 2017

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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Yuletide Plants from the Global Garden

Yuletide Plants from the Global Garden

The plants we like to grow in our gardens hold special symbolism at Christmas time. Many of our favorite fruits, berries and nuts are much more than sweet treats we enjoy in December.

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Holiday Gifts from Gardeners

Holiday Gifts from Gardeners

Lists for holiday gifts for gardeners are just about everywhere you look this month. But here’s a list with a twist: ideas for gifts from vegetable gardeners, like you.

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Cucurbitas: Winter Squash and Pumpkins

Cucurbitas: Winter Squash and Pumpkins

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One of the best things about fall and winter seasons is that we get to eat seasonal foods--root vegetables, winter squash and pumpkins, brassicas, cool-weather greens, apples, pears, pomegranates, persimmons, all sorts of nuts and more. Most of these foods store well, so we are able to enjoy them during the cold weather. I especially like winter squash and pumpkin; their bright orange and yellow flesh brightens our meals and nourishes us. Here are a few that I have grown, or are easy to get at your farmers' markets, local farm stands, organic markets and even the grocery store.

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Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Sweet Potatoes and Apples

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It's that time of year that we want to eat warming comfort foods. I try to use vegetables, fruits and nuts that are in season. This recipe features two of my favorites--sweet potatoes and apples--in a simple yet scrumptious dish. It is easily prepared in a crockpot, although it can be made in a dutch oven or covered casserole in the oven.

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Tips for Keeping a Waste Free Kitchen

Tips for Keeping a Waste Free Kitchen

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This holiday season is the ideal time to rethink your approach to cooking and eating. It’s easy to get started with "Waste Free Kitchen Handbook" by Dana Gunders.

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Have you planted your garlic yet?

Have you planted your garlic yet?

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It's that time of year again... as the leaves begin to fall, it is time to think about getting your garlic bed ready to plant. It is so worthwhile to grow your own because there is such a vast array of types to choose from, which you just cannot get at the grocery store. I personally prefer hardnecks over softnecks, although I always grow some of each for their flavor and for storage.

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The Burren Perfumery Garden

The Burren Perfumery Garden

Here's one last garden for you to see from my recent trip to Ireland, the Burren Perfumery. It is a unique and lovely place to visit with its shop full of fragrant botanical products, informational video of the burren and its plants, soap room, distillery, cafe and herb gardens.

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How to Start a Food Swap

How to Start a Food Swap

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Do you have a hankering to put more homemade edibles on your pantry shelf while building community at the same time? Then it’s time to learn how to start a food swap.

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Quinoa

Quinoa

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Quinoa is another food indigenous to South America domesticated as a food crop 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. We are seeing more and more recipes using this crunchy, nutritive grain. This tasty salad is easy and quick to prepare.

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Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring Plants of South America

Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring Plants of South America

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Last weekend, we celebrated the 27th annual Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring the foods of South America at the Ozark Folk Center. Learn about some of the foods indigenous to this continent--you might be surprised!

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Herbal Harvest: Basil and More...

Herbal Harvest: Basil and More...

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It's that time to gather in the last basil harvest--as well as any other tender herbs--because they will go with the first frost. Here's a few things that I do with an abundance of basil.

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September Garden Harvest

September Garden Harvest

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Well the late September garden is full of chiles as well as herbs to harvest and preserve... that's what I've been doing the past few days. And the annual flowers are blooming their hearts out--getting the last of the calendula flower heads and gathered the nasturtiums for a lovely, peppery vinegar. I also sowed some lettuce seeds, cold-weather spinach, cilantro,kale and radishes; I am not sure whether they will germinate and produce before the cold weather sets in, though I decided to take a chance. If they do germinate, I'll be covering them with floating row cover for sure.

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Last Day of Summer

Last Day of Summer

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Today is the last day of summer and tomorrow heralds the autumnal equinox. The summer garden is definitely looking like fall is in the air. See what my zone 7 Maryland garden looks like and what I'm harvesting and preserving.

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Small Batch Fermentation Made Simple

Small Batch Fermentation Made Simple

Fermenting is the age-old method for preserving fruits and vegetables and making pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi and more. Here's a DIY fermenting kit to help vegetable gardeners get started with small batches of tasty, healthy foods.

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Blooming Hill Lavender Farm

Blooming Hill Lavender Farm

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The IHA post-conference fieldtrip went to Virginia. One of the highlights of the tour was a visit to Blooming Hill Lavender Farm with an herbal lunch catered by Kim Labash, proprietress of Loudon Valley Herbs. Cyndi and Peter Rinek are collectors of many things besides lavender and you will enjoy the photos herein of their delightful farm in Philomont, Virginia.

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Flourish! Inside and Out at the U.S. Botanic Garden

Flourish! Inside and Out at the U.S. Botanic Garden

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Even though it has been really hot, I've been visiting gardens this summer--so I'm going to share some of them with you in the next few blogs. This year's exhibit inside and outside at the USBG is colorful and aesthetically delightful--might be one of my favorite outdoor displays there ever--check it out!

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Summer Bounty

Summer Bounty

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It's that time of year when we are reaping the harvest--benefiting from all of our earlier hard labor--and approaching a vegetable glut! Hot weather makes us want to cook less, so think about making salads in the morning or on the weekend to have for supper, then you just need to slice some tomatoes and cucumbers and maybe steam some corn. Enjoy the bounty now!

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