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Exotic Peppers Spice Up Gardens

 

Exotic Peppers Spice Up Gardens Posted by WesternGardener
The new Pumpkin Habanero pepper, from the Exotic Pepper Project at Rutgers University, looks like a small pumpkin, has a citrusy taste and jalapeno-like heat. Here’s how to get your hands on the seeds.

How to Start Pepper Seeds

 

How to Start Pepper Seeds Posted by WesternGardener
If you like to grow unusual peppers, you’ll need to start from seed. Hundreds of pepper varieties are available to gardeners who take time to plant seeds, instead of the buying seedlings available at garden centers. Here’s how to get started.

Enjoy a Cuppa: Blending Teas

 

Enjoy a Cuppa: Blending Teas Posted by cookinwithherbs
Cold weather inspires drinking hot beverages. When you come in from being out-of-doors on a frigid day, what do you want to drink?

These Vegetable Seeds Need Saving

 

These Vegetable Seeds Need Saving Posted by WesternGardener
Slow Food’s annual Plant a Seed campaign is your chance to make a difference in the wonderful world of vegetable growing. When you plant this year’s seed kit, you’ll help ensure the survival of six plants facing extinction.

Celebrate Spring and Agastache, Herb of the Year 2019!

 

Celebrate Spring and Agastache, Herb of the Year 2019! Posted by cookinwithherbs
I am gearing up for upcoming spring programs and I will be kicking off the gardening season at the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show in Little Rock, from March 1 to March 3. There is a great lineup of...

Combine Some Botanicals with Chocolate for Your Valentine

 

Combine Some Botanicals with Chocolate for Your Valentine Posted by cookinwithherbs
While flowers are the number one choice of gifts for Valentine's Day, chocolate follows as a close second. Instead of a box of store-bought chocolates, why don't you make something scrumptious,simple and unique for the one(s)you love?

Let's Celebrate Pumpkins this Year

 

Let's Celebrate Pumpkins this Year Posted by WesternGardener
The National Garden Bureau decided to name pumpkins as its edible plant for 2019. There's plenty to celebrate about these beautiful, delicious and nutritious fruits. Plan now to harvest tiny orange pumpkins, ghostly white ones or those that are fit for a princess.

Elderberry Syrup on the First Day of February

 

Elderberry Syrup on the First Day of February Posted by cookinwithherbs
I love it when happenings in everyday life inspire me to write a blog. This blog's inception came about due to the freezing weather, which caused me to clean out my freezer...

Seeds and Winter Gardening Thoughts

 

Seeds and Winter Gardening Thoughts Posted by cookinwithherbs
I've been thinking a lot about seeds lately due to the fact that I have a pile of seed catalogs sitting here awaiting perusal. I also recently finished reading "From Our Seeds & Their Keepers" by Bevin Cohen, which has definitely inspired me to start saving more seed than I do.

Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening

 

Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening Posted by WesternGardener
Is vegetable gardening more of an art than a science? In his new book, Matt Mattus uses his experience as a visual designer, artist, horticulturist and futurist to help uncover the answer to that question.

January Ponderings

 

January Ponderings Posted by cookinwithherbs
The cold weather is upon us and we are doing things to keep warm. These winter months are supposed to be a time of respite. What are you doing to keep warm and nourish yourself? Here are a few subjects that i have been contemplating...

Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

 

Tomato Basil Cream Sauce Posted by cookinwithherbs
This is the time of year when we want to nestle in and stay at home and eat warming comfort foods. At our house we eat lots of soups and stews, beans and rice, grains and pasta. this pasta sauce first appeared in Cooking with Herbs in 1981! It has been prepared countless times and with many variations and still remains a family favorite.

Resolve to Garden for Good in 2019

 

Resolve to Garden for Good in 2019 Posted by WesternGardener
What gardening resolutions do you have for this year? If eating more vegetables is at the top of your list, you’ve come to the right place.

Season's Greenings at the United States Botanic Garden

 

Season's Greenings at the United States Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Yesterday, I went for my annual trek to see the holiday exhibit at the USBG. Fortunately for me and the many other visitors, the Botanic Garden has not been shut down due to government closures. Every time I go to the USBG, I am so glad that I went and am thankful that we have such a marvelous collection of botanical specimens right here in Washington, D.C. Visitors from around the world marveled right along with me at the variety of plants and the seasonal train exhibit. Read all about it...

Herbal Desserts for the New Year

 

Herbal Desserts for the New Year Posted by cookinwithherbs
Recently, at my daughter Lucie's wedding instead of a wedding cake, we had a dessert table. Lucie and Matt decided to have a selection of some favorite desserts, which our friend and caterer Anna Saint John created. Since I had a number of requests for recipes, I am posting or linking them here.

Winter Solstice Wedding

 

Winter Solstice Wedding Posted by cookinwithherbs
The winter holiday season has begun--yesterday was the winter solstice--and today the full cold moon shines bright in the night sky. Yesterday, we celebrated the marriage of my daughter Lucie to Matt, the love of her life. We used the herbs and greenery of the season with lots of candlelight and sparkly fairy lights to add to the magic of the day.

Birds are Wild for Homemade Suet

 

Birds are Wild for Homemade Suet Posted by WesternGardener
Suet cakes placed strategically in the garden help wild birds find their way to your landscape in winter. Homemade suet is easy to make, especially this vegetarian variety.

Make Miniature Pomanders for Christmas

 

Make Miniature Pomanders for Christmas Posted by WesternGardener
There are so many wonderful aromas of Christmas, from unusual ones like frankincense and myrrh to the more familiar pine and cinnamon. Cloves are also one of the special spices used to add special fragrance to the holiday.

Garden Fun for Kids in New Orleans

 

Garden Fun for Kids in New Orleans Posted by cookinwithherbs
Can't let my recent visit to the Big Easy go by without reporting about two really fun places for kids (both young and old)--if you live there--don't miss these gardens. If you are a visitor or wannabe, put these on your must do list.

Longue Vue Gardens in New Orleans

 

Longue Vue Gardens in New Orleans Posted by cookinwithherbs
Recently had a taste of the sweet, sunny South--left Maryland in 23-degree weather and arrived in New Orleans to 60 degrees with leaves still on the trees and many plants in bloom. Headed for a favorite garden spot to visit: Longue Vue Gardens. Enjoy the sunshine in the gardens even if it is cold where you are!

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