Wednesday, July 27, 2016

How Does Your Garden Grow? Update on Gardener Ted's Garden

Hello and Welcome to the J.Q. Rose Blog!

Gardener Ted's garden
This week I thought I'd update you on the  garden. However, by the time you see these photos, the produce may be ready. I'm posting these pictures a week early because  I'll be recovering from eye surgery this week.

Please enjoy a walk through Gardener Ted's garden. Yes I'm probably boasting a bit about it and I hope you'll forgive me, but he does such a wonderful job. If only the veggies didn't appeal so much to the deer, ground hogs, and rabbits too! He's been fighting them all season, just like every year.

Take a peek at what's about ready to appear on our dinner table.

Do you call this cantaloupe or muskmelon?

Ear of sweet corn

Ripening tomatoes

Tomato plants are tied up to a fence--vertical gardening. No need for tomato cages.
You can spy the ripening tomatoes in the photo above centered at the bottom of the picture
Ted planted calendula flowers around the front garden fence. Once they started blooming, they really took off and filled in well. I like to cut them for bouquets, but they are kind of sticky to work with after cutting.

Calendula line the front of the garden.
Photos by J.Q. Rose

So how are your plants and flowers growing this year? Take a picture of your veggies and/or flowers and add it to my Facebook page if you wish. I'd love to see pictures from all around the world.

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Thanks for stopping in.

If you want to learn about vegetable gardening, check out this guide with lots of Gardener Ted's tips.


Nicola said...

Super veggies and fruit, J.Q. I wish I had the patience and the know how to grow something. Maybe I should just try rather than think about it :) I do hope your eye gets better soon. Have a lovely week.

J.Q. Rose said...

Hi Nicola, You can try by just potting a tomato or pepper in a tub or grow lettuce in a bowl on your porch or deck. My eye surgery went very well. Thank you for your good wishes.

Juneta key said...

Beautiful garden. I'm hunger. I think I'll go find me something to eat,lol.
Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Susan Bernhardt said...

Gardener Ted has a beautiful and productive garden. You definitely have the right to boast.

My grandmother and my father also had wonderful vegetable gardens. My mother canned fruits and vegetables to feed a family of nine through the winter. Unfortunately I did not inherit their green thumb, but I still try. :) I already have a new plan for next year. Lol!

I loved seeing these photos. Please continue to post more.

Best wishes on your eye surgery next week, Janet.

J.Q. Rose said...

Juneta,Thanks for stopping in and making me smile.

J.Q. Rose said...

Susan, I think your gardening talent is in flower gardening. I always enjoy seeing your photos. I'm fortunate Gardener Ted loves to garden AND he fixes a lot of dishes e.g. cucumber salad, pickled beets, and zucchini cake. I know. I'm spoiled. My eye surgery was Tuesday. Glad it's the recuperation. At the check up on Wed a.m. the doc pronounced it perfect. Ha--red and sore for me. Mandatory periods of lying flat too. I have to be a patient patient. Thanks for visiting.

Marsha said...

I loved this post, Janet. The pics made my mouth water. It's so very cool that your hubby does this. Bob grew tomatoes in our first house in pots with the baskets around them. He was pretty successful. Then he just got too busy with work. I hoping after we get settled here at the lake he may take it up again.
Glad you eye surgery went well. Bob had cataract surgery in both eyes this month and is doing super. Think he sees better than he ever did before. Wish you as much success. I've shared. :)

Tess Grant said...

My garden look its best ever in terms of weeds (I really cracked down this year). Wish I could say as much for the vegetables. Kind of small and puny plants with not much yield as yet.

J.Q. Rose said...

Marsha--thank you for sharing the blog post. Glad Bob's cataract surgeries went so well. I had one done last summer in this eye that just had the new cornea. My eye doc wanted that to heal before going ahead with the transplant. I must admit growing a garden takes a lot of time. So yes, settle in and try a patio garden first when you have time to take care of it.

J.Q. Rose said...

Hey Tess, Weeding is important plus it makes the garden prettier even if you have no produce in it....yet...Ted's tomatoes are just now ripening...afraid they're all going to come on at the same time!! Thanks for stopping in.

Helena Fairfax said...

What beautiful photos, JQ, and what a lovely garden. It must be great to have lots of fresh fruit and veg at the dinner table. I'd call your melon a cantaloupe - I've never heard the expression muskmelon. I wonder why they call it that?
I've never seen a groundhog, except on television. I can't imagine having them as pests. I'd love to see one. My pests in the garden are slugs and snails. There are snails everywhere after the rain! I hear their shells crunch underfoot when I'm walking. I've tried to attract more birds to help get rid of them but on our street nearly everyone has a cat, so the birds stay well away.
Hope your surgery went well and you are able to see much better. Thanks for sharing the photos!

J.Q. Rose said...

Good morning Helena. Thank you. The garden is beautiful this year. The rain has been generous with us this week. About 3 days ago had 2" and last night 3". We needed it. This morning the plants are so fresh and standing proud. I remember seeing a picture of your lovely flowers. Such a joy to grow a garden, isn't it? Of course, the pests and varmints try to quash our determination.Ted battles those slugs too. Nasty looking creatures. I haven't heard him mention snails though. I think muskmelon may be a regional expression which I heard more often growing up in Illinois. Michiganders say cantaloupe. Thanks for visiting.

Nan P said...

Enjoyed the stroll through Ted's garden. I say "cantaloupe," Ray says "muskmelon." Just one of many differences of opinion - ha!

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