Tomatoes from the vegetable garden

This is the time of year I just love.  Summer garden abundance fills my kitchen with fresh produce every year. Several times a week I visit the vegetable garden to see what is ready to harvest.  Of course there are other times I am in the garden for maintenance purposes only. A well prepared vegetable garden really should not take a huge amount of time to maintain, just a little weeding (sometimes… sometimes not) the right amount of water, and food. Your vegetable plants are using up a huge amount of nutrients to create healthy produce for you.  Give your food plants a boost with some compost or a quality organic plant food, both of which you can pick up at Mingos Nursery & Garden Center.

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Cucumber vines taking over garden fence.

As happens each year, we have reached that part of the growing season when daily visits to the garden are necessary just to stay on top of vegetable collecting. Ever seen a zucchini grow a foot in a day? OK maybe it wasn’t a foot, maybe it was more.

Right now my cucumber vines are turning out more cucumbers than I can count and the tomatoes are not far behind.  The photo below is a cucumber, not a zucchini but it is nearly 10 inches long.  It was hiding in the vines alone with several over ripe orange cucumbers.

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All those yummy cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, and other veggies get shared with neighbors and friends,  However, every year there seems to come a time when people stop answering the door when we knock.  Its like they don’t want to have to say “no” to free, fresh, and homegrown produce so they just don’t answer and hope the wagon moves on by.  And yes, we have often filled our daughter’s little red wagon with produce to share with the neighbors.

So I thought I would share some of my favorite recipes made from our own homegrown vegetables.  Perhaps this will inspire you to start your own garden this fall.  There are a lot of cool weather vegetables that can take you up to the holidays or beyond depending upon your climate.  The time to plan for your fall vegetable garden is now.  If you need help, ideas, or simple encouragement come see us at Mingos Nursery & Garden Center.

In the next day or so I will start posting a few recipes and will add links to them at the bottom of this post.

Roasted Tomatoes is a great recipe for using up extra tomatoes.

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Roasted Tomatoes

Roasted Garlic Tomatoes

Marinated Cucumber Salad is a no cook recipe for cucumbers, tomatoes and onions.

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marinated cucumber salad

Marinated Cucumber Salad

Fire Roasted Peppers can be added to so many dishes.

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Fire Roasted Peppers

Fire Roasted Peppers

Grilled Cilantro Lime Corn

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Grilled Cilantro Lime Corn Recipe

Grilled Cilantro Lime Corn