• Cilantro Substitutes or Similars

    Posted by cookinwithherbs This year we are celebrating Cilantro & Coriander as Herb of the Year for 2017. This herb has a very distinct flavor—there are a number of plants that have many of the same chemical constituents as Coriandrum […]

  • Erasing nature by Elizabeth Licata

    “acorn, adder, ash, beech, bluebell, buttercup, catkin, conker, cowslip, cygnet, dandelion, fern, hazel, heather, heron, ivy, kingfisher, lark, mistletoe, nectar, newt, otter, pasture and willow.” These are the words that have been […]

  • Grow a Special Squash Next Season

    Posted by WesternGardener Why grow an ordinary summer squash when you can grow something extra-special--like a cucuzza? […]

  • The Case Against Earthworms by Thomas Christopher

    When I dug in my Berkshire garden this summer I found a host of earthworms.  That, it turns out, is bad. I was raised to regard earthworms as the gardener’s best friend.  It’s true, these benevolent creatures (or so I regarded […]

  • Use the last of your tomato harvest to make: Tomato Bisque with Curry and Coconut Milk

    Posted by cookinwithherbs During our recent celebration of the Herb Harvest fall Festival at the Ozark Folk Center, we had a Caribbean-influenced menu. The following soup recipe was one of the favorite menu items--and it it season appropriate--just […]

  • Use the last of your tomato harvest to make: Tomato Bisque with Curry and Coconut Milk

    Posted by cookinwithherbs During our recent celebration of the Herb Harvest fall Festival at the Ozark Folk Center, we had a Caribbean-influenced menu. The following soup recipe was one of the favorite menu items--and it it season appropriate--just […]

  • Landscape Architect Wins MacArthur Genius Award by Susan Harris

    Nice news this week via Brad McKee, editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine, who writes: Kate Orff, ASLA, became the first landscape architect to receive a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, which carries a $625,000 award over five […]

  • Herb Harvest Fall Festival Celebrates Central America, the Caribbean Basin and Mexico

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Every year at the Ozark Folk Center's HHFF, we celebrate different regions of the globe and see how they relate back to the Ozarks. This year we celebrated some of the tropical areas and had a Caribbean-Style Lavish Herbal […]

  • Ask Your Budtender First by Allen Bush

      I went to a legal pot dispensary in Denver this summer. Marijuana, you’ve no doubt heard, is a hot commodity in Colorado. The dispensary reminded me of the Long Branch Saloon on the long-playing television series Gunsmoke (1955-1975). […]

  • Giant Vegetable Marrows Squash the Competition

    Posted by WesternGardener Vegetable marrows aren’t your typical summer squash. These giant vegetables are gaining ground at vegetable competitions and can weigh more than 100 pounds. […]

  • Closing edicts by Elizabeth Licata

    Lessons learned from the 2017 gardening season (so far): Never again: Morning glory (convolvulus): The central mission of this (gorgeous) blue cultivar seemed to be to envelope every plant within its reach, while making sure to release as few […]

  • The Gardens (and More) of Asbury Park, NJ by Susan Harris

    When I go to the beach it’s in the spring or fall, and even in glorious weather like we’re enjoying this week, I don’t really lie on the beach. As a plantaholic, I gravitate toward nearby gardens and plant-filled natural areas […]

  • Seeds Will Help Heal Hurricane Ravaged Areas

    Posted by WesternGardener Vegetable gardeners can put their hobby to good use by ordering seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds by October 6. All the proceeds from online seed sales will be used to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and beyond. […]

  • More on Hard Cider by Thomas Christopher

    In my last post I wrote about hunting for the apples with which I make hard cider.  Having done that – I’ve located two trees full of what appear to be ‘Golden Russet’ apples —  I thought I would add a few […]

  • Hop Happy

    Posted by cookinwithherbs We had a pre- and post-conference tour for the IHA conference and both were fun and action-packed. However the post conference tour to visit hop farms and breweries was a daylong sensory experience that I won't forget. […]

  • Todd Heft on The Vegetable Gardening Show

    Big Blog Of Gardening This week I appeared on the The Vegetable Gardening Show, talking about growing tomatoes, getting started in organic gardening, why I started writing Big Blog of Gardening,... Click on link to read more... […]

  • I Found my Bird Feeder Bliss by Susan Harris

    For decades in a former garden, my bird-watching consisted of standing on my deck and pointing the trusty binocs at the bird houses in the wooded valley below. I can’t you what birds actually filled them – I’m that bad at bird […]

  • Solidago solidarity by Elizabeth Licata

    A recent post from my good friend, gardener and blogger, Gail Eichelberger, poses the question, “What’s wrong with goldenrod?” She then swiftly answers, “Nothing!” I couldn’t agree more. Here is one of my […]

  • Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek , Michigan

    Posted by cookinwithherbs On a recent road trip to Michigan, we happened upon the Leila Arboretum--and what a find! If you are in the neighborhood--go check it out! Wonderful gardens and a great place for kids; this is one not to miss. […]

  • Dennis the Menace by Allen Bush

    I drove to Cherokee Park’s Big Rock Pavilion, adjacent to Beargrass Creek, on Friday afternoon, anticipating a profusion of white bonesets, blue dayflowers and lingering yellow wingstems. I wasn’t disappointed. But there was more. A […]

  • Be a Summer Tomato Saver

    Posted by WesternGardener The calendar may say it’s autumn, but the tomato vines are still pumping out beautiful fruits. What a delicious problem to have! Here are four ways to preserve tomatoes to savor over winter. […]

  • The Clarion Call of Brugmansia by Bob Hill

    October is peeking its nose up over the horizon now, shortening the days, painting the landscape, dredging up reluctant thoughts of the leaf blower and raggedy sweaters. And yet it’s been 90 degrees here in Southern Indiana, even as the rest […]

  • Jerry Baker’s Quackery Lives On by Susan Harris

    Jerry Baker, the self-styled “America’s Master Gardener” and highly successful huckster for home-remedy books and products died in March of this year at the age of 85. I was curious to see how the gardening world would note his […]

  • Famously secret spaces by Elizabeth Licata

    What do Jeremy Irons and Ozzy Osbourne have in common? We know they’re Brits, so the answer shouldn’t be that hard: both own and maintain beautiful countryside gardens in England. So do Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rupert Everett, and Sting. And […]

  • Start Harvesting History by Planting Garlic

    Posted by WesternGardener Fall is an unusual time for a new gardening catalog to appear in the mail, but timing is everything. The first catalog from the folks at Harvesting History includes more than two dozen varieties of garlic for fall planting. […]

  • Is it Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit?

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Rarebit or Rabbit--it's basically a cheese sauce over toast. I made this for the Great Hops Cookoff (had just 10 minutes) at the IHA conference and of course, I added herbs and a good hoppy IPA for maximum flavor, along […]

  • Is it Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit?

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Rarebit or Rabbit--it's basically a cheese sauce over toast. I made this for the Great Hops Cookoff (had just 10 minutes) at the IHA conference and of course, I added herbs and a good hoppy IPA for maximum flavor, along […]

  • International Herb Association Conference in Michigan featuring Hops, Herb of the Year 2018

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Last week the IHA held their conference in Hickory Corners, Michigan at the Kellogg Biological Station, which is a great place to hold a conference and be in nature at the same time. There's walking trails along Gull Lake, […]

  • Gardening Podcast Update by Susan Harris

    I’m thrilled to report that since 2010, when I complained about there being only two gardening podcasts on my little iPod, there are now many more and their quality is amazing! Here’s what I’m listening to now. Cultivating […]

  • In Praise of a Plant That Needs Your Love by Allen Bush

      Diarrhena americana. The Latin name doesn’t inspire lustful desire does it? What a pity. It’s better than its name. I remember the moment I first came across this native grass. I had no idea what its name was when I was […]

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