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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.

Spring is Bursting Out All Over!

 

Spring is Bursting Out All Over! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Whether you are in the sunny South and already harvesting your brassicas,or in the northern climes where the early spring harbingers are just popping after the last snow--it is spring!What's going on in your garden?

Hot Cross Buns and Fresh Bay Leaves

 

Hot Cross Buns and Fresh Bay Leaves Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today I got a hankering for hot cross buns, which I have not made in quite awhile--it is that time of year that we see them for sale. Well, the recipe I use is an old one, from my first book Cooking with Herbs co-authored with Carolyn Dille. The ingredient that makes these buns unique is fresh bay leaves. Really, you will have to try them; I have made a few updates in the recipe which you can read below.

Garden Like a Viking

 

Garden Like a Viking Posted by WesternGardener
One of the special features in the Irish National Botanic Gardens in Dublin is an accurate recreation of a Viking house dating from the ninth and tenth centuries. Here’s what to plant if you’d like to garden like a Viking.

Dandelions--Welcome this Spring Bitter!

 

Dandelions--Welcome this Spring Bitter! Posted by cookinwithherbs
I enjoy bitter--bitter herbs, bitter foods and bitters, the magic digestive elixirs. They are spring tonics and dandelions are one of my favorites--I've been harvesting the leaves, flowers and roots since they first emerged and using them in soups, sauces, egg dishes, with pasta and grains and stuffing them into quesadillas and enchiladas. Get out there and harvest some goodness for your health and well being!

Book Review: Beyond Rosemary, Basil and Thyme

 

Book Review: Beyond Rosemary, Basil and Thyme Posted by cookinwithherbs
I recently received a copy of Beyond Rosemary, Basil and Thyme: Unusual, Interesting and Uncommon Herbs to Enjoy from author Theresa Mieseler; it is hot off the presses. This book contains some of the herbs that you might not grow--or even know about--that are worth investigating.

Grow Pea Shoots for Spring Crunch

 

Grow Pea Shoots for Spring Crunch Posted by WesternGardener
Pea shoots are the fresh antidote to a long cold winter. These crunchy greens can be ready to enjoy in just a few weeks from planting.

Farro Salad, Mediterranean-Style

 

Farro Salad, Mediterranean-Style Posted by cookinwithherbs
Recently, someone gave me a bag of farro. I have cooked farro, which is a type of wheat berry, as well as kamut and spelt in my past, however not in a long time. So I read about farro and cooked up a pot of it and then I made the following delightfully tasty recipe for Farro Salad, Mediterranean-Style.

Wild Weed and Seasonal Green Recipes

 

Wild Weed and Seasonal Green Recipes Posted by cookinwithherbs
In our recent wild weeds class, we made a soup, salsa verde and salad. Here is a recipe for a soup featuring wild edibles and seasonal greens, a short video and links to salsa verde and green goodness soup. Happy foraging!

Wild Weeds and Seasonal Greens

 

Wild Weeds and Seasonal Greens Posted by cookinwithherbs
Just finished teaching a folk school class on Wild Weeds and Seasonal Greens at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. We foraged for weeds and combined them with some seasonal herbs and greens to make tasty edibles: Spring Greens Soup, Salsa Verde and Salad of Wild Weeds, Seasonal Herbs and Salad Greens.

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...

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