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Stuffed Zucchini Boats

 

Stuffed Zucchini Boats Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my last blog, I promised to post a recipe for my stuffed zucchini--so here it is. This is a great way to use any size zucchini or summer squash and is tasty and filling; it is a very versatile recipe.

Squashes and Tomatoes and Corn, Oh My!

 

Squashes and Tomatoes and Corn, Oh My! Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year gardening friends--we're up to our ears in squash, tomatoes, cukes and corn! Oh what a lovely dilemna. Revel in the garden bounty--eat it everyday, share it when you can--and preserve the harvest by canning, fermenting, freezing and drying.

Slow Food Nations Grows Healthy Kids

 

Slow Food Nations Grows Healthy Kids Posted by WesternGardener
As in past years, the Slow Food Nations festival featured special displays to encourage kids to eat their vegetables. Part of that strategy is to help them learn to grow their own gardens and prepare their own meals and snacks with the harvest.

Midsummer Garden Harvest

 

Midsummer Garden Harvest Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is the first day of August, also recognized as Lammas Day (which is the celebration of the wheat harvest in parts of the Northern Hemisphere where English is traditionally spoken)and we are well into the summer gardening season. Every year by this time, the weeds are in fierce competition with the crops--sometimes even bigger than the crops. However, I did manage to harvest the root crops last week when we were in the fourth quarter root moon. Look at my onions and potatoes. Zukes and cukes are coming in fast and furious and need to be picked everyday.

Nasturtiums

 

Nasturtiums Posted by cookinwithherbs
One of my very favorite flowers that I grow in all of my gardens for many reasons—are nasturtiums—and I affectionately refer to these garden rowdies as “nasties”. They are easy to cultivate, and effortlessly fill in garden space, with their mounds of fun foliage even before their showy colors appear. In the kitchen, you can use both the fresh foliage and flowers to add a pleasant hint of heat and pungency (this dissipates when cooked so I use them mostly fresh) to many summer dishes.

Edible Flowers that are Safe to Eat

 

Edible Flowers that are Safe to Eat Posted by cookinwithherbs
Upon request after a recent webinar on flowers in the kitchen, I am posting a list of some flowers that are safe to eat. You are responsible for proper identification.

Incredible Edibles: Flowers in the Kitchen

 

Incredible Edibles: Flowers in the Kitchen Posted by cookinwithherbs
I recently did a webinar for the Herb Society of America by the same title. Right now we are in the height of the summer season and our gardens are full of flowers in bloom--many of them are edible. Bring these into the kitchen for fragrance, flavor and fun!

The Secret to Perfect Pollinator Plants

 

The Secret to Perfect Pollinator Plants Posted by WesternGardener
Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are the beneficiaries of more than a million new pollinator gardens in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The gardens represent five million acres of habitat for pollinators and that means more fruits and vegetables for gardeners. How do pollinators find these gardens? Here’s their secret.

Fourth of July Fare: Potato Salad

 

Fourth of July Fare: Potato Salad Posted by cookinwithherbs
Most folks celebrate Independence Day with a cookout or picnic. When I think of summer foods to accompany this event--potato salad and coleslaw, summer ripe tomatoes and corn-on-the-cob immediately come to mind--they are American as apple pie. Here's a recipe for my sister, Doneth's potato salad, which is truly a family favorite.

What's Bugging You in the Garden?

 

What's Bugging You in the Garden? Posted by WesternGardener
Summer is in full swing and that means the biting insects are out, too. If you've always been a favorite mosquito meal, this one’s for you.

It's Summertime in the Garden

 

It's Summertime in the Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
We recently celebrated the summer solstice as well as St. John's Day (sometimes referred to as Midsummer) and the hot weather has arrived here in Maryland. We haven't had much rain so plant growth, especially flowering, has progressed rapidly--it seems a lot of plants are flowering earlier than usual. Before we know it, we'll be harvesting summer veggies! Right now, a lot of herbs need to be cut back and harvested.

Four Elements Organic Herbals: Growing Medicinal Herbs in Wisconsin

 

Four Elements Organic Herbals: Growing Medicinal Herbs in Wisconsin Posted by cookinwithherbs
On a recent visit to Madison, Wisconsin, a group of herbal enthusiasts went to visit the medicinal herb gardens of HSA speaker, Jane Hawley Stevens, proprietress of Four Elements Organic Herbals. Here are some photos of her prolific gardens located near the Baraboo Bluffs in Wisconsin and her apothecary shop, which is in North Freedom.

Summer Solstice: Time for Farmers' Markets, Gardening, Seasonal Bounty and Weeds

 

Summer Solstice: Time for Farmers' Markets, Gardening, Seasonal Bounty and Weeds Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is that time of year again already! Today we celebrate the true arrival of summer with the solstice--the longest day and shortest night of the entire year. Not that summer weather hasn't already been here for some time--it is hot here in Maryland!

Herbs with Anise-, Fennel-, and Licorice-Like Flavors

 

Herbs with Anise-, Fennel-, and Licorice-Like Flavors Posted by cookinwithherbs
I recently did a program at the annual Herb Society of America conference in Madison, Wisconsin thus titled; this is a modified version of the handout. Since we are celebrating Agastache as Herb of the Year for 2019 and Anise Hyssop is the most popular of this genus, I figured I’d explore some of the other herbs in this flavor category. Anise hyssop is not related to anise (Pimpinella anisum), or hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) for that matter. It does however, smell and taste somewhat like anise. When we speak of anise flavor, a few other herbs come into play: fennel and licorice. These three herbs have similar aromas and tastes due to a few shared chemical constituents. And these three herbs are used to describe the flavor profiles of some other well-known herbs.

Simple Steps to Prevent Powdery Mildew

 

Simple Steps to Prevent Powdery Mildew Posted by WesternGardener
If you grow common vegetable garden crops -- like beans, peas, squash, pumpkins, melons and cucumbers –- you might see a powdery white coating on leaves and stems during the growing season. Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that doesn’t kill plants, but it can affect production. Here’s how to prevent it in your garden.

Watering Plants with Sunlight and Air

 

Watering Plants with Sunlight and Air Posted by WesternGardener
A demonstration garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens uses a solar-powered atmospheric water harvesting system to irrigate a honey of a vegetable garden. The process uses solar energy to drive passive condensation to create high-quality fresh water from air.

Artichokes are in Season

 

Artichokes are in Season Posted by cookinwithherbs
Spring is the season for asparagus and artichokes, rhubarb and strawberries, spring onions and baby salad greens and foraged wild weeds. It is a joyous time in the garden as well as in the kitchen—with so many delightful flavors and textures. I don’t think that folks eat enough artichokes. Perhaps, some have just never eaten one, or do not know how to prepare them.

Grow an Herbal Tea Garden

 

Grow an Herbal Tea Garden Posted by WesternGardener
Is there anything more refreshing than a glass of iced tea on a hot summer day? What makes that tea even more delicious is growing your own herbs to prepare the perfect cup. Here’s what you need to know to plant your own herbal tea garden.

Spring in the Vegetable Garden

 

Spring in the Vegetable Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
It has been a very wet spring here in the Mid-Atlantic. I’m not complaining—always thankful for the precipitation—it makes it challenging for planting when the garden is soggy. Everything is verdant green and growing so fast you can see plants change daily.

How to Shrug Off Arthritis in the Garden

 

How to Shrug Off Arthritis in the Garden Posted by WesternGardener
May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, so let’s celebrate by looking at ways to keep vegetable gardeners gardening in spite of arthritic hands and knees. Here are ways to garden smarter with adaptive tools and easier techniques.

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