Vegetable Gardening

How to Store and Use Herbs (Vegetable Gardening)

Herbs are the secret ingredient in many a fine recipe — from the most delicate gourmet dish to the heartiest of folk fare. Yet herbs are also among the easiest vegetables to grow, to use fresh, or to store for the winter. If you live in a mild climate, you can grow herbs year-round in […]


Try sprouting just about any seed, grain, or legume for some of the most delicious, nutritious, and economical foods to be found anywhere. Sprouts can be added to many dishes besides salads, soups, and sandwiches. They’re delicious baked into whole-grain breads or muffins, blended into juices, or added to granola or yogurt. You can sprinkle […]


Sprouting can be done in a jar, in a tray, on a towel, in a clay saucer, or in a thin layer of soil. Each method works best for certain kinds of seeds, as you’ll see from the following descriptions. Although the basic steps are quite similar from one method to the next, the times […]


All you need to sprout seeds is a jar, some cheesecloth, plastic mesh, or plastic screen to cover the jar, and a rubber band to hold it in place. But you can also sprout seeds on a tray, on damp towels, in a clay flowerpot saucer, or in a thin layer of soil. You may […]

BASIC INGREDIENTS (Vegetable Gardening)

You can sprout all kinds of seeds, legumes, and grains. Try wheat, rye, alfalfa, mung beans, chick peas, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, or any of the other sprouting seeds, grains, and vegetables suggested in “Directions for Sprouting,” later in this topic. Only one thing is essential — when buying seeds for sprouting, always check […]

How to Sprout Vegetable

Sprouting is one of the easiest ways to grow fresh vegetables for eatings both in and out of season. While mung bean sprouts have long been familiar in Chinese cooking, alfalfa and other sprouts have become equally well-known in recent years. More and more ingenious and health-conscious cooks are adding a variety of sprouts to […]

BASIC INGREDIENTS (Vegetable Gardening)

Choose perfect vegetables that are tender, mature (but not woody), and very, very fresh. Vegetables must be prepared and dried immediately after harvesting, or they’ll lose flavor and quality. Every minute from harvesting to the drying tray counts — so hurry. Never use produce with bad spots, and harvest only the amount of vegetables you […]

BASIC DRYING STEPS (Vegetable Gardening)

The recipes that follow give you specific directions for drying each vegetable. To prevent problems, keep these basic steps in mind when home drying foods. Remember that only the highest quality vegetables are suitable for drying. 1. Select vegetables that are freshly picked, tender, and just mature enough to eat. 2. Set out all ingredients […]

BASIC DRYING EQUIPMENT (Vegetable Gardening)

Unless you decide to buy an electric dryer or dehydrator, you’ve probably already got everything necessary for home drying vegetables. In addition to an oven or a box food dryer, you’ll need: • A scale to weigh food before and after drying. • An oven thermometer that will read as low as 100°F for maintaining […]

How to Dry Vegetables

there’s definitely a right way to go about it. As with all preserving methods, you must always begin with the freshest and highest-quality vegetables to insure good results. Cleanliness and sanitation when handling and preparing the food are also crucial. And, though drying vegetables isn’t difficult to do, it demands plenty of careful attention. The […]