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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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Make Fresh Summer Drinks with Shrubs

Make Fresh Summer Drinks with Shrubs

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One of the ways folks preserved their fresh fruits in Colonial times was by making shrubs, a fruit, sugar and vinegar drink they could spike with brandy or rum. It's time for these old-fashioned drinks to make a delicious comeback.

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How to Make Watermelon Rind Pickles

How to Make Watermelon Rind Pickles

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You can make the most of your watermelon harvest by picking the rind to enjoy later. Here's a simple method for making these sweet refrigerator "pickles."

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July in the Garden

July in the Garden

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Summer is full on and the garden is growing in leaps and bounds. Here in Maryland, we have had pretty great weather--our days have been in the upper 80s rather than the usual 90s and so I can't...

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How to Enjoy The Cocktail Hour Garden

How to Enjoy The Cocktail Hour Garden

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After all those hours planting and tending the vegetable and herb garden, it’s finally time to start enjoying it. C.L. Fornari’s newest book offers ideas for putting garden-fresh herbs to delicious use – with a twist.

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Herb Gardening with Cuban Oregano

Herb Gardening with Cuban Oregano

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Cuban oregano is an easy-to-grow herb that goes by many names and has an especially distinctive flavor. Besides being a tasty replacement for regular oregano, the succulent leaves can be used as a natural insect repellant.

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Gardeners Dig Country Living

Gardeners Dig Country Living

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Fans of the country lifestyle flock together every year to celebrate a simpler way of life. The fair in Rhinebeck, N.Y., in early June offered vegetable gardeners something old, something new, something edible that’s blue.

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The Culinary Herbal for Vegetable Gardeners

The Culinary Herbal for Vegetable Gardeners

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A vegetable garden isn’t complete without a good selection of culinary herbs growing side-by-side. In Susan Belsinger’s new book, VegetableGardener.com’s own flavor artist helps gardeners find ways to grow and preserve 97 flavorful herbs.

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Salsa Verde with Wild Weeds

Salsa Verde with Wild Weeds

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I thought for sure that I had posted the recipe for making salsa verde with botanicals foraged from in and around the garden, however I can only find my traditional one posted, which contains garden grown herbs and greens. So here is the wild weed version for those of you who requested it.

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Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

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Yes, it is an invasive plant and garlic mustard grows all over the place--however if you have it, you might as well eat it. It is a nutritious leafy green that tastes like a garlic-flavored green and it is yours for the harvesting.

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Wild Bergamot or Purple Bee Balm   (Monarda fistulosa)

Wild Bergamot or Purple Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa)

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Last blog, I wrote about the red-flowered bee balm (Monarda didyma) and promised that I would write about wild bee balm (Monarda fistulosa). So here it is--still green--though it will be covered with lavender blooms in the next month.

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Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)

Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)

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I've written about Monarda in past posts, when it was in bloom in my garden. However, you needn't wait until it is in bloom--right now it is about two feet tall and the leaves are not only gorgeous--they are delicious! Read on to see how to use beebalm for both food and drink.

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Finding Delight in a Cold and Soggy Spring

Finding Delight in a Cold and Soggy Spring

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Usually in Maryland as Memorial Day approaches, I have pretty much put in tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and basil, temps are in the 70s and 80s and I'm wearing summer clothes. Not so this spring! It has been rainy and downright cold--my peppers and tomatoes are out there in a pout--and I'm wearing long sleeves, hoodie, socks and boots! What is spring like in your garden?

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New Recipe Ideas for Garden Vegetables

New Recipe Ideas for Garden Vegetables

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At a recent vegetable gardening event, guests sampled a variety of recipes meant to stretch a gardener’s creativity and a food lover’s palate. Here are new ways to enjoy some of your favorite garden vegetables, with a twist.

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