Thursday, July 9, 2015

Tea on Thursday and My Garden Journal

I have been fortunate to receive Renee's Garden seeds to plant and write about for a few years. With only a small plot in the ground for vegetables, I wanted to try new container varieties and 'Astia' a container zucchini seemed like a good choice.
I've never grown zucchini before and it is suggested on the packet that only one seed be planted in a 15" diameter pot that is 12" deep. Did I follow the guideline...no, I stuck 3 seeds in a 15" diameter pot but well spaced mind you. :-)
It has been essential that the pot is watered well every day and the results haven't been too bad. The crowding will likely keep the number of zucchinis down but I've heard how people that grow this vegetable have a habit of leaving them on the doorstep of neighbours.
The directions say to harvest at about 5" but I've picked these three so far which are 4" or so.
Here is the plan for a few of the zucchinis - parmesan crisps which I found on Pinterest. You can go to my boards and find the one I've started for this vegetable from the link on the sidebar. Any favourite recipe you have for zucchini?
 The fruit on the serviceberry is just about depleted but the cedar waxwings,
 robins
and squirrels have filled their tummies.
I'm using my 'Rosebud' trio from Maxwell Williams for tea this week and the napkins were purchased at the Royal Doulton store. The scrumptious marshmallow squares are from Lori's recipe here and they are really good with a cup of tea.

Happy Gardening, Take Time for Tea.

25 comments:

  1. Good Morning Judith. The zucchini looks great and the parmesan chips look delicious! I love the birds, especially the pretty Waxwing with the berry. Great captures! Your rosebud set is pretty. Have a happy day!

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  2. Enjoying my cup of orange ginger tea as I read your post. Your zucchini look so tender and tasty! Wishing you well!

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  3. I love Renee's seeds. I'll have to look for the zucchini you tried. Zucchini can get out of control. Parmesan zucchini chips ... just the idea makes my mouth water. Your service berry will keep a lot of your critters happy. Love the Waxwing. Gorgeous trio! Happy Tea Day!

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  4. Hi Judith ,so good to visit You once again.Zucchini's were a big part of My childhood.I'm 1/2 Italian and I'm sure My Grandma Gulino ate Zucchinis more than once a week.I remember She had many recipes for them.I wish I could remember for sure one of them at least for You.Your Waxwing photo I esp.enjoyed. Hugs to You Denise

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  5. Wow that dessert looks yummy and your zucchini healthy! I made that very parmesan crisps recipe this week and also found it on interest.We liked it, did you? Definitely one to make again.

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  6. That is wonderful...container zukes. I did not have any luck with mine a few years ago so I took to growing them up a trellis...we shall see how they do. The recipe looks yummy and I will have to note it. Many of my berries on viburnum and dogwood are gone and all will be stripped soon mostly by robins and catbirds. I still have not gotten the hang of Pinterest.

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  7. I have two zucchini plants growing in the raised bed. Sadly, they're not getting much sun. They just bloomed yesterday and now I am concerned that I may have to help pollinate them. Oh dear! That may prove to be just too much. I have grated zucchinis for cookies and breads and spaghetti sauce. I may need a generous neighbor this year. Your plants and zucchini look very healthy.

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  8. That zucchini looks like a perfect size for harvesting when small rather than the huge ones. I have a great recipe for chocolate zucchini cake. A friend came over for tea this afternoon and we had those very same squares. Yum.

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  9. The parmesan chips of the zucchinis look delicious. When my zucchinis are big enough I´ll give it a try. I grow one plant in my greenhouse and one outside. The one in my greenhouse is just starting to flower now, so it still will take some time before I can pick my own zucchinis.

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  10. I'm glad you enjoyed the squares. The zucchini is growing like crazy around here. Yesterday I made a Potato Tomato Zucchini Tian with them - very yummy. I'm going to look for the Parmesan zucchini chips you've made. Our daughter is growing zucchini in a pot this year since they moved into a home without a garden plot (they will put one in). Hers are quite small yet, so I'm happy to share.

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  11. I love the idea of container grown zucchini, Judith. I would love to give that a try. I've made stuffed zucchini boats, where you hollow out the center and full with cheese and sausage and bake them. Also, zucchini bread is always delicious, and I have one on my blog, if you'd like to try it. I like the smaller sized zucchini and not the ones that look like baseball bats.
    Your tea looks wonderful and so does the teatime treat!

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  13. I am the only one in the family that likes zucchini. I wonder if I could trick hubby and son into liking it with your parmesan crisps. They look delicious!

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  14. All looks lovely . I hope you get lots of zucchini all though I never been able to acquire the taste myself ! Thanks for sharing lovely photos . Have a good day !

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  15. What a delightful tea, beautiful china = and I LOVE your awesome close up pics of your birds with berries in their mouths, WOW - great timing. ♥

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  16. Bet you just can't eat one parmesan crisp!

    I also love the chintz pattern of your pretty Rosebud trio set.

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  17. There's a lot to like about this post, Judith! I loved seeing the birds, especially the cedar waxwing. Great captures. Your marshmallow squares look fantastic, and so does your zucchini. I'm not growing z. this year but am growing cucumbers (its' cousin - ha!) We enjoyed cukes in sour cream and mayo and salt with dinner this evening. I just love having the produce fresh from the garden this time of year. I am also enjoying watermelon and sweet corn grown by others. hugs to you, Beth

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  18. I'm impressed with your zucchini, but not surprised at all by your green thumb! And now I'm hungry for marshmallow squares. Here, by the way, is my favorite recipe for using zucchini: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/summer-squash-frittata

    I'll bet I've made this a dozen times!

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  19. Zucchini plants are so prolific - you should keep count of how many zucchinis you get from them... Just for fun! Your bird photos are wonderful!

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  20. Lovely post summer times ,greeting from Mons in Belgium

    http://louisette.eklablog.com/

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  22. I love fried zucchini : ) The photos of the birds and squirrel enjoying the berries are just lovely!

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  23. Lovely post. I love your placing for tea and a snack.

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  24. Your Rose Bud looks lovely, Judith, and your marshmallow squares look yummy. Lorrie and I both make these but mine is a little different because I don't use peanut butter in them. Unfortunately, my hubby doesn't like peanut butter in sweets. Your crisps look delicious. Love the bird photos too. I'm on my way to the beach so I'll wish you a splendid day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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