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Monarda spp.

Monarda spp.

Right now my beebalms, also known as monarda are ablaze with color in the garden. Their flowers have an inimitable shaggy-headed appearance which attract all sorts of pollinators. If you don't have any monardas in your garden, now is the time to plant them. They are like brightly colored firecrackers in the garden, bursting with bloom just in time for the Fourth of July.

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Beat the Heat--Cool Down with Mint!

Beat the Heat--Cool Down with Mint!

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As temperatures soar outside, we need relief from the heat. Mint is a naturally cooling and refreshing herb that most of us have right in our own backyards (usually in abundance due to its rampant spreading habit). Here are a few ideas and recipes for cooling down with mint.

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Celebrate Summer!  Easy Cucumber Recipes

Celebrate Summer! Easy Cucumber Recipes

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Today is officially the first day of summer--we celebrate the solstice and Father's Day both! The garden is revving up as is the summer heat--the salad greens are bolting--however I've picked my first two cucumbers and last night I pitted 4 quarts of sour cherries for the freezer. What's happening in you garden? Try one of these cooling cucumber recipes to welcome the season!

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Quick and Easy White Bean Salad with Savory

Quick and Easy White Bean Salad with Savory

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Even though it is not officially summer on the calendar, the weather says otherwise here in Maryland--we are having a heatwave! I recently made this for Savory, Herb of the Year 2015 demo at the USBG and it was a hit. Really, it takes just about 10 minutes to make and its a great lunch or supper in this hot weather! This simple recipe is quick and easy and can be used like tuna fish or chicken salad on sandwiches or a salad plate.

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Growers and Gardeners Networking

Growers and Gardeners Networking

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Recently my local farmers' market had a fundraiser at a nearby farm and it was fun and educational to visit with the friends and supporters of the market and the farmers who bring wonderful produce and products to market, not to mention there was lots of good food and beverage. Here are a few photos of garden grown produce and things new to me...

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Radishes and Garlics and Greens, Oh Yeah!

Radishes and Garlics and Greens, Oh Yeah!

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The weather is changing from spring to summer--nights are still cool here in Maryland--however days feel like summertime hot. Greens and radishes and garlic are loving it and we are experiencing salad days in a big way!

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 Visit to Williamsburg for HSA Conference

Visit to Williamsburg for HSA Conference

I recently attended and presented at the annual Herb Society of America conference, which took place this year in Colonial Williamsburg. If you haven't visited Williamsburg, Virginia, or been there recently--it is a wonderful place for a getaway or family vacation. There is lots to see and do, many gardens to walk through, it is educational and historic and there are no rides (well except for a horse and buggy)and no plastic. Things there are built out of wood and stone and brick as was done in colonial times.

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New Roxanne Radish Certainly is a Winner

New 'Roxanne' Radish Certainly is a Winner

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All-America Selections picked a real winner when it selected 'Roxanne' radish for the 2015 season. This hybrid radish offers everything a vegetable gardener could ask for and in record time.

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Plant Scented Geraniums for Flavorful Meals

Plant Scented Geraniums for Flavorful Meals

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While planting the vegetable garden this year, be sure to add a few scented geranium plants. They're as lovely in the garden as they are tasty in garden-fresh recipes.

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Savory, Herb of the Year 2015

Savory, Herb of the Year 2015

The International Herb Association's latest book Savory, Herb of the Year 2015 is hot off the presses. It is time to be planting savory plants or sowing summer savory seed right now! Celebrate this tasty herb.

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How to Prevent Food Waste

How to Prevent Food Waste

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One way to celebrate Earth Day this year is to find ways to reduce food waste. Experts say that as much as half of all of the fresh fruits, vegetables and other fresh produce bought in the U.S. goes to waste. Here are a dozen ways to keep fresh vegetables in the fridge and out of the landfill.

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On the Road: Kraut  Recipe from a Wild and Cultured Herbal Lunch Menu

On the Road: Kraut Recipe from a Wild and Cultured Herbal Lunch Menu

Home again, however finishing up a few details from recent road trip. Attendees from the Medicinal Herb Workshop requested the Smoky Kale Sauerkraut recipe so here it is.

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On the Road: Medicinal Herb Field Trip and Workshop in the Arkansas Ozarks

On the Road: Medicinal Herb Field Trip and Workshop in the Arkansas Ozarks

Last weekend was the annual Medicinal Herb Field Trip and Workshop at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. It sure is springtime in the Ozarks--check out the pix--and you'll feel like you were out on the trail with us!

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How to Grow Micro Greens Indoors--Part Two

How to Grow Micro Greens Indoors--Part Two

If you planted your micro greens with me last week, your sprouts should have already popped up with their seed leaves called cotyledons.

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How to Grow Micro Greens Indoors

How to Grow Micro Greens Indoors

Would you like to join me in a delicious indoor gardening project? Let’s grow a container of fresh and tasty micro greens indoors. Plant along with me and you’ll be enjoying fresh greens in about two weeks.

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Springtime: on the road again

Springtime: on the road again

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Well I departed from the frigid temps in Maryland with over 12-inches of snow on the ground to head south to begin another series of springtime herbal events. While still chilly here in Arkansas, the snow has melted, the precipitation is rain with temps in the 50s and the daffodils are up three or four inches and budded, though not yet open. The first night I arrived the peepers were peepin’ around the pond and in the ditches—a sure sign of spring. Read on to find out upcoming events...

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Grow Herbs with a Miniature Aquaponics System

Grow Herbs with a Miniature Aquaponics System

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What do you get when you combine hydroponics with aquaculture? A self-cleaning fish tank that grows real food, without the need for any soil or fertilizer.

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How to Create Vegetable Centerpieces

How to Create Vegetable Centerpieces

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Vegetables aren’t just for eating, they make beautiful decorations, too. Here’s how to create tasty table centerpieces using fruits and vegetables in place of fresh flowers.

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Combining Chocolate with Herbs and Spices

Combining Chocolate with Herbs and Spices

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It's Valentine's Day weekend--so it is a time to celebrate love and eat chocolate. Did you know that chocolate is good for you? The flavor of chocolate can be enhanced by herbs and spices. While you are indoors on this cold wintry weekend, whip up something with chocolate for you and the ones that you love!

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Pinto Beans with Savory

Pinto Beans with Savory

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In my last blog, I spoke of Savory being Herb of the Year for 2015 and promised a warming winter recipe using it. Though a hard decision, I decided that there is nothing like a pot of beans cooked with savory (know as bohnenkraut, the bean herb in German)--so here is a simple recipe using dried pintos--and a variation on refried beans. They are wonderful in a bowl on their own or served over rice. I especially like them with cornbread accompanied by either coleslaw or wilted greens.

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