Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Vegetable Gardening: Reaping the Rewards of Gardener Ted's Labor, Quick Tips on Vegetable Gardening ebook

Hello and welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog.

What a special time of year for people who love veggies. We are in the prime season for gathering in all the fresh vegetables from our garden. This is the time of the year when we get paid back for all that hard labor in planting and nurturing those lovely plants. 
And are we ever reaping the rewards this year! 

Gardener Ted has had the best crop of cantaloupe/muskmelon he's ever had. 
This beauty is 9 3/4 pounds!

The garden is producing lots of peppers and cucumbers. 
We're staying ahead of the zucchini, but how many zucchini cakes can one eat?
We've had some good rains lately so GT doesn't need to water so much. However, he has "Tedgineered" quite a watering system so that he only need turn the faucet on and most of the garden is irrigated without him having to hang on to the end of the hose
compost pile is on the right side of the photo

Garden entrance here in the center of the photo. We finally nixed the rabbit problem
 with chicken wire buried 6 inches deep around the entire garden.

GT had a hip replacement in February.
The garden is good therapy to get that hip moving and make it strong.
Not only does gardening provide rewards of fresh, healthy food, but it also keeps you healthy by planting, digging and weeding the plot. And I know it is one of the best ways to keep a happy heart.

Are you a gardener? Do you love eating vegetables? Do you have any recipes using green peppers or zucchini? I need them!! Thanks for stopping in.

Summer is winding down, but it's not too late for a delightful beach read from British author Helena Fairfax. She'll take her seat in the Readers Circle sharing her delightful book, Felicity at the Cross Hotel on Friday, August 25. Please join us. We may even have a spot of tea with her!
by J.Q. Rose with Gardener Ted.
If you're interested in vegetable gardening, you may want to pick up this little guide GT and I wrote together so you can savor vegetables grown in your own backyard or deck, save money on food, and add healthy vegetables to your diet. We can help you with quick, practical tips on growing a vegetable garden. Learn how to get ready for gardening, how to plan a garden for four seasons of eating enjoyment, how to start seeds and more. Quick Tips for Vegetable Gardening is dedicated to offering you quick tips and advice for you to grow veggies in a garden plot, container, raised bed, or vertical gardening. This eBook is written with clear and concise tips to get you started.


Helena Fairfax said...

Hi JQ, I always love hearing about your fabulous garden. What a bumper crop! We call zucchini "courgettes" here in the UK, and I love them. I sometimes have them fried with leeks, with a bit of white wine added, some basil, season, and then mix in with pasta. There is a great selection of courgette recipes here (although you may have to change the UK measurements to US) https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/aug/24/10-best-courgette-recipes
Looking forward to appearing on your blog on Friday - although it's not very summery here at the moment, it will be nice to have some virtual sunshine!

J.Q. Rose said...

Helena, thanks for the recipe for zukes. Sounds like something we could try. And thanks for the link to more! Looking forward to hosting you on Friday!!

Susan Bernhardt said...

I also love seeing photos of GT's garden. What a green thumb he has!

I love looking at gardens. I wish I had paid more attention to them when I was a young girl with my grandmother's and then when I was older with my father's.

Gardening and gardens are good for the soul. <3

Nan P said...

Amazing! I have a recipe for zucchini tacos, and one for a summer stew with zucchini, tomatoes, okra (optional), onions and whatever else you want to throw in. Interested in either of those?

Marsha said...

Hey, JQ. What great photos and what even better eating. I bet your neighbors love you. I love to do spiral zucchini and put spaghetti sauce over it. Tasts just like pasta without the carbs. So impressed with Gardner Ted's gardening.Takes a ton of effort. I've shared. :)

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J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks, Susan. Gardeners do seem to have a connection to the soil and always an optimistic outlook that next year will always be better.

Nan--Yes, I'd be interested in those recipes. Too bad I just saw this post now and we're out of zucchini!! Next year for sure.

Marsha, Thanks for sharing! I've seen those clever spiral machines to make the noodles, but haven't purchased one yet. Very clever. This year's garden was not one of Ted's best, so he thinks. Always next year.

Hi Charlos, thank you for visiting.

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