Simple Steps to Keep Your Vegetable Garden Producing!

Simple Steps to Keep Your Vegetable Garden Producing! Make the most of your growing season with these simple tips! Easy, yet effective steps you can take to keep your home vegetable garden happy, and producing, all season long.


Simple Steps to Keep Your Vegetable Garden Producing!

Make the most of your growing season with these simple tips! Easy, yet effective steps you can take to keep your home vegetable garden happy, and producing, all season long.

In the early stages of spring, it seems that we spend a lot of time and energy planning and planting our gardens. We are all hyped-up for the spring growing season and thrilled to be out in the garden. As the year progresses though, we sometimes run out of steam – either through lack of production, turning our energies toward different endeavors, or, we just lack time to dedicate to our garden (life happens!). So, how do we keep our vegetables at optimum production as the growing season moves forward?

Whether you have a traditional garden plot, patio planters or boxes, or raised beds, there are some basic practices that keep your garden looking sharp as well as providing your vegetables with their best chance at peak production.

Simple Steps to Keep Your Vegetable Garden Producing! Make the most of your growing season with these simple tips! Easy, yet effective steps you can take to keep your home vegetable garden happy, and producing, all season long.


• Beginning with your soil mix, before you sow seeds or sets your transplants, consider what your soil looks like. For vegetables, it should have about one-third compost mixed in to provide nutrients all season long. If your soil is particularly sandy or heavy clay, you can even mix in a greater quantity of compost. Well-rotted manure can be incorporated, up to about ten percent of your soil. This mix will allow you to spend minimal time on fertilizing your garden during the summer. I use a potting soil mix (Miracle Grow brand), some lime, and plant food in my earth boxes.

• For more on soil, you may want to read about these 10 Common Household Items to Use as Garden Fertilizers!

Simple Steps to Keep Your Vegetable Garden Producing! Make the most of your growing season with these simple tips! Easy, yet effective steps you can take to keep your home vegetable garden happy, and producing, all season long.


• You will also want to discourage any competition for nutrients or sunlight. The main competitor is weeds. Unless you would like to spend all summer pulling weeds out, try to weed early, and often. This way they do not go to seed and perpetuate the cycle. Here are some great tips for weeding your garden.

• Keep a watch out for garden pests. These come in many forms – buggy pests and rodents. These 5 pest repelling plants can help!

Simple Steps to Keep Your Vegetable Garden Producing! Make the most of your growing season with these simple tips! Easy, yet effective steps you can take to keep your home vegetable garden happy, and producing, all season long.


• Tomato Hornworms can clean a plant of leaves in just a day or two. By looking for signs of an infestation, and reacting quickly, you can keep your vegetables in peak production all season long. If you find just one or two pests, you can probably manually pick them off the plants, but larger infestations will require serious treatment. There are many beneficial insects that can be released before an infestation to control pests, too.

• Rodents may be a little more difficult to control (the bunnies got my peppers this year). If you are using raised beds, you can put a lining of chicken wire down before adding your soil mix to help keep burrowing pests out. My brother (and exterminator) uses chicken wire to enclose this garden. He uses a few bricks to hold it in place instead of digging down into the ground. He says it works great (and they have a HUGE garden!)

Simple Steps to Keep Your Vegetable Garden Producing! Make the most of your growing season with these simple tips! Easy, yet effective steps you can take to keep your home vegetable garden happy, and producing, all season long.


• During the summer when your plants are at their peak, keep the ripe produce picked. Plants grow to produce seeds and flowers. If you have more produce than you can handle (amd are not in a position to freeze or can), pick off some of the blooms. It should not hurt future production but will eliminate some of the harvest in the meantime. For leafy plants and annual herbs like basil, keep the flower heads nipped off, and your plants will continue to produce leaves.

• Also, in the heat of summer, water is very important to vegetable growth. If your garden is not getting enough water naturally from rain, you will need to supplement it with a hose. Lack of water can not only kill plants but will cause vegetables to split or shrivel. If your plants are wilting, water them. You may enjoy these practical tips to save water in your garden.

• As your garden starts to wane in late summer, remember to replant those sections where the harvest has been completed. If you planted short-season crops, plan to fill in their space with something else after they have been harvested. Here are some vegetables that are perfect to plant in late summer for a second harvest!

• As the weather turns cooler, you can also use some bed covers to keep your plants producing. This can be a plastic tent over the plants, cold frames over your raised beds, or even moving some of your plants into a greenhouse for the winter. If the weather has turned too cool for tomato plants to set fruit, pick the green ones that are still on the vines, and let them ripen indoors.

You can keep your vegetable garden producing all season long by starting with a good soil mix, a little planning, and routine garden care.


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Almond Doughnut Cookies Recipe

Almond Doughnut Cookies Recipe. Fun, easy to make cookies in the shape of a doughnut! These cookies are wonderful for packing in the old lunchbox, dessert or a cookie exchange!


Almond “Doughnut” Cookies Recipe

These are fun, easy to make cookies that are just different enough to be interesting, without being odd. They are great for little hands that may have trouble grasping a larger cookie or dessert. They pack well in lunchboxes and are great for an after meal sweet, or with coffee for breakfast or a late night snack.


Almond “Doughnut” Cookies Ingredients:

• 1½ cups Sugar
• 1½ cups Butter, softened
• 2 large Eggs
• 1 TBSP Almond Extract
• 2 tsp Baking Powder
• 1 tsp Salt
• 3½ cups All-purpose Flour
• 1 cup Almonds, slivered

Almond “Doughnut” Cookies Mise en Place:

• Baking Sheet(s)
Measuring Cup
Measuring Spoons
• Bowl
Stand Mixer
• Spatula
• Spoon

Almond Doughnut Cookies Recipe. Fun, easy to make cookies in the shape of a doughnut! These cookies are wonderful for packing in the old lunchbox, dessert or a cookie exchange!


Almond “Doughnut” Cookies Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350º.
• Using a stand (or hand held) mixer, in a medium sized bowl, cream together sugar and butter (mix for approximately 5 minutes).

Almond Doughnut Cookies Recipe. Fun, easy to make cookies in the shape of a doughnut! These cookies are wonderful for packing in the old lunchbox, dessert or a cookie exchange!


• Add eggs, almond extract, baking powder, and salt. Use the mixer on low for about 2 minutes and ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

Almond Doughnut Cookies Recipe. Fun, easy to make cookies in the shape of a doughnut! These cookies are wonderful for packing in the old lunchbox, dessert or a cookie exchange!


• Add in flour gradually until mixed together well.

Almond Doughnut Cookies Recipe. Fun, easy to make cookies in the shape of a doughnut! These cookies are wonderful for packing in the old lunchbox, dessert or a cookie exchange!


Almond Doughnut Cookies Recipe. Fun, easy to make cookies in the shape of a doughnut! These cookies are wonderful for packing in the old lunchbox, dessert or a cookie exchange!


• Roll dough into approximately 1″ balls.
• With your thumb and forefinger, press until they touch in the center of the ball and spread slightly to create doughnut shape.

Almond Doughnut Cookies Recipe. Fun, easy to make cookies in the shape of a doughnut! These cookies are wonderful for packing in the old lunchbox, dessert or a cookie exchange!


• Dip top portion of cookie dough into almonds and place on cookie sheet approximately 1″ apart from each other.
• Bake for 11-12 minutes, or until lightly golden in color. Transfer to wire rack to cool.

Makes approximately 3 1/2 dozen cookies.


Almond “Doughnut” Cookies Recipe

Fun, easy to make cookies in the shape of a doughnut! These cookies are wonderful for packing in the old lunchbox, dessert or a cookie exchange!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients:

1½ cups Sugar
1½ cups Butter, softened
2 large Eggs
1 TBSP Almond Extract
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
3½ cups All-purpose Flour
1 cup Almonds, slivered

Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350º.
• Using a stand (or hand held) mixer, in a medium sized bowl, cream together sugar and butter (mix for approximately 5 minutes).
• Add eggs, almond extract, baking powder, and salt. Use the mixer on low for about 2 minutes and ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
• Add in flour gradually until mixed together well.
• Roll dough into approximately 1″ balls.
• With your thumb and forefinger, press until they touch in the center of the ball and spread slightly to create doughnut shape.
• Dip top portion of cookie dough into almonds and place on cookie sheet approximately 1″ apart from each other.
• Bake for 11-12 minutes, or until lightly golden in color. Transfer to wire rack to cool.

Makes 42 Almond “Doughnut” Cookies

Almond Doughnut Cookies Recipe. Fun, easy to make cookies in the shape of a doughnut! These cookies are wonderful for packing in the old lunchbox, dessert or a cookie exchange!


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Give a Gift of Thanks with Boston Coffee Cake

Give a Gift of Thanks with Boston Coffee Cake. Looking for a different way to say thank you? Knowing when and how to thank someone is not as easy as it may seem. People are often uncertain what type of thank you gift is appropriate. Whether you are looking for a special way to say thank you, need a gift for a housewarming, or would simply like to show appreciation for a kindness done, a Boston Coffee Cake is the perfect way to express your gratitude.


This is a sponsored blog post; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by Bake’n Joy / Boston Coffee Cake to review this product.

Give a Gift of Thanks with Boston Coffee Cake

Looking for a different way to say “thank you”? Knowing when and how to thank someone is not as easy as it may seem. People are often uncertain what type of thank you gift is appropriate. Whether you are looking for a special way to say “thanks”, need a gift for a housewarming, or would simply like to show appreciation for a kindness done, a Boston Coffee Cake is the perfect way to express your gratitude.

As Emily Post often mentioned: “It is a very nice gesture to bring a small gift. Wine, flowers, and specialty food items, all make good gifts.”

Give a Gift of Thanks with Boston Coffee Cake


Boston Coffee Cake agrees! People have been giving Boston Coffee Cakes and gifts as “Thank You” presents for the past 25 years.


It all started in 1992 with 2 brothers, a dream and a family recipe to bake the best coffee cake there was. What started as a local, hand delivered specialty item now extends beyond Boston as a popular gift for friends and for business associates across the country.

Give a Gift of Thanks with Boston Coffee Cake


The Original Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake (OMG! YUM!!) launched the business and made Boston Coffee Cake famous. Large, premier walnuts, sour cream and a decadent layer of cinnamon sugar have made this cake the most popular variety for 25 years.

Give a Gift of Thanks with Boston Coffee Cake


Today there are more than 25 Boston Coffee Cake gourmet gifts that can be gifted not only as a thank you, but for just about any occasion such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, congratulations, or client and employee appreciation gifts, among others. Think of gifting a Boston Coffee Cake instead of flowers or wine. What a nice gesture!

Over the years Boston Coffee Cake has been honored to receive many gold medals for Best Tasting Coffee Cakes in America. And to top it off, a Boston Coffee Cake arrives beautifully packaged – which adds to the overall gift-giving and gift-receiving experience. You can see some of the most popular Boston Coffee Cake gifts by simply clicking here.

So, next time you want to say “Thank You” to someone, whether in the workplace, or to a host or hostess, know you will be remembered and invited back by sharing the gift of a Boston Coffee Cake. Heck, order two! One to give and one to keep!

If you would like to send (or try!) an amazing Boston Coffee Cake here is a promo code for 35% off: BCC35A

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Give a Gift of Thanks with Boston Coffee Cake


Give a Gift of Thanks with Boston Coffee Cake


Boston Coffee Cake was kind enough to send me a cake to sample. Or so I thought. They actually sent a sampling of so many of their delicious products! I brought everything over to my mother’s house, and we had a great time sampling all the wonderful Boston Coffee Cake goodies.

Give a Gift of Thanks with Boston Coffee Cake


When I first walked into the house, my mother saw what I had and said, “Oh you are in for a real treat!” It turns out my uncle (her brother) who lives in Boston has sent my mom the Original Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake more than once.

Give a Gift of Thanks with Boston Coffee Cake


And wow was my mother right!

Give a Gift of Thanks with Boston Coffee Cake


Including my parents and Hubby, my niece and her husband and my mom’s next door neighbors (they are friends of mine and Hubby) had a great time chatting and devouring the Boston Coffee Cake sweets! Then, an old friend of mine from grammar school stopped over, and he tried the chocolate cake (and took some to his dad too!). Everyone who tried these goodies agreed that they were fabulous. Moist, not dry.

Give a Gift of Thanks with Boston Coffee Cake


While everything was very good, what stood out as exceptional was the Triple Chocolate, the Boston Whoopie Pies and the Chocolate Chip Brownies! Honestly though? You can’t go wrong no matter what you order – everything is simply fantastic.

Remember, if you would like to send (or try!) an amazing Boston Coffee Cake here is a promo code for 35% off: BCC35A

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