Grow Zucchini in the Home Garden: Plant This Italian Squash in Your Own Backyard

It wasn’t too terribly long ago that zucchini wasn’t very plentiful and it was called green Italian squash. Somewhere along the line someone found it was really easy to grow and could be used in a variety of culinary dishes, both savory and sweet. During the 70s and 80s you could pick up a zucchini just about anywhere; in fact, many people were trying to get rid of them as they grow rather prolifically.

Interestingly enough Zucchini is a part of the cucumber and melon family. The type we are most familiar with is a variety of summer squash that was developed in Italy. Most varieties are long and cylindrical in shape but some zucchini types grow round like bowling balls. The color is usually green with or without stripes and some varieties are more yellowish or have cream or yellow colored speckles.

If you are looking for something really easy to grow that you can share with friends and family, this is the vegetable to plant in your garden. Don’t bother trying to start seeds in pots in the early spring. Zucchini grows fast and you can plant seeds directly into the garden spaced about 20 inches apart. You can also plant about 5 seeds in a small hill and space hills about 2 feet apart. Be careful how many seeds you plant. Six plants will give you enough to feed a family of four and still have enough to give away.

Zucchini grows on bushy almost vining plants so give it plenty of room to grow. You can also grow the vines up a trellis; just be careful how big you let the fruit get as it will tend to get very large, very fast and pull the trellis down. Zucchini will put forth blossoms, some of which will be female and some male. The female blossoms will have small balls at the end where the blossom meets the vine. This is where the fruit will grow. The males do not have these but they are very important to have. Without the male flowers pollination won’t take place as easily. If you see double the number of male blossoms than female blossoms you can pick some of the male ones off to encourage more blossoms that you hope will be female. Bees are needed for pollination. They take the pollen from the male flower to the female flower. If there is little bee population, which seems to be a big problem these days, you may see your female blossoms drop off the plant.

Zucchini has a few insects that can cause problems. They are leaf miners, aphids, cutworms, squash bugs, and cucumber beetles. If you see bumpy leaves or your leaves look like they are being eaten or turn brown and fall off, or if the plant looks as if it has been eaten off at the ground level or the plant just seems to be rotting away – you have one of these insects. Go to your local nursery and they will provide you with information to rid it of the pests. Just make sure the product used doesn’t kill bees.

Common diseases are downy and powdery mildew (leaves get a white substance on them). Again, your local nursery can help.

Do not plant your zucchini next to other varieties of squash such as summer squash, spaghetti squash or pumpkins. They will cross pollinate.

Zucchini does not like to totally dry out so keep soil moderately moist. Leaves will begin to wilt in drought conditions. However, make sure the soil is dry before watering.

Zucchini should be harvested when the fruit is 6 to 8 inches long. Any bigger and the fruit will not be as tender. If one gets away from you and hides under the leaves becoming as big as a baseball bat, it is no use. Just discard it as there will be no flavor. Remember, the more fruit you harvest – the more fruit will grow. If you want the plant to slow down, just leave a few fruit on to grow larger.

Fresh Zucchini is most desirable but freezing is probably the best way to preserve for cooking. Shred zucchini without peeling it and place it in a colander. Squeeze out as much liquid as you can and place 1 or 2 cups in freezer bags. This will keep for about 3 or 4 months.

Zucchini is probably the most satisfying crop you can grow. You will rarely be disappointed. You can find out how to use your homegrown zucchini in savory or sweet dishes.

This entry was posted on July 11, 2017, in Health.

Tips to Choose Unique Plate Ware

Presentation plays a key role in attracting the attention of customers. You may cook very delicious foods but what’s the use for it when people move away because the presentation wasn’t that well. No one will be able to get the taste from a distance. So the only criteria on superficial level, in which a person will chose, to whether to try the dish or not, is by looking or at the presentation. The foods may look attractive but what if, the plates are not up to the mark?

Here’s why you need suitable plate ware for your restaurant. It creates an ambience that matches your style. While choosing one, make sure that you pay attention to the theme of the plate ware. If you bring wrong type of theme to the customers, then it may create a weird combination and this is one of the circumstances that you’ll try to avoid as much as possible.
The colors add variety to the beautification of the foods. While a particular type of dinnerware or. Plate ware could enhance the beauty of the food and make it much more appealing, another type of mismatch dinnerware could diminish the appeal altogether. That’s why put much importance and attention while choosing a plate ware. If you are unsure, take opinions from others to see what others are thinking and what they will prefer. It is preference of the people that should be the driving force here.

But you shouldn’t just go out there and buy the most expensive set you can. Because it may happen that, the expensive one may not add any factor to the presentation yet another cheap one may add value, because you also have to consider the factor of durability. If the plates are costly yet brittle, then you can call it a pass because, in a restaurant, there will be times when casualties will occur and you won’t want to buy those expansive dishes again and again. Though it may look good outside, but the price tag may make them not value for money in the end. On the other hand, if you’ll go for a cheap product, more often than not, you have to compromise on different levels. That’s why you need to make a balance. A balance between price along with durability. Chose one dinnerware that’s durable yet, doesn’t affect the ambience on your restaurant in a negative way. If you were to go with sushi plates for example, these would make interesting sushi plates for your restaurant.

While choosing, also take a look on the intended use for it. For example, some dishes are served hot. In that case, you need a dinnerware that can withstand the hot coming from the dishes for a long time. Otherwise, they may just crack not to mention leaving behind some spots on the process.

But ambience perhaps carries the most important aspect of a plate ware. You can add trendy value to the restaurant by using different sets of plate ware. It is often pleasing on aesthetic value, and though, it may seem irrelevant, yet it has high significance while eating experience. Food coming on a trendy plate could make a customer satisfy which may enhance their experience from eating the foods. Though, the dishes are not directly related, yet it can add values to the overall experience.

Hence one shouldn’t underestimate the value of dinnerware that it brings along with it. Not to mention, the customization could add authentic value to the restaurant and can give an assurance of a brand value. In simple terms, it can help to make a brand where people, while seeing the logo or specific colors, can get accustomed with it…. It has a psychological aspect and it often brings more and more customers to the restaurant.

This entry was posted on April 23, 2017, in Dinnerware.

Yoga Press Release

The Ultimate Yoga Guru, Paula Smith Launches a New App to Defatten Australia

Melbourne, MEL – 15 April 2017

Australian Ultimate Yoga Guru, Paula Smith, who shot to fame with her successful DVD, “Curve Kibootz”, is launching a new fitness app called “Yoga For the Soul”. The app is modeled around a specific sequence of Yoga exercises based on set breathing patterns. The app keeps tracks of daily activity, weight loss, muscle building and toning. Based on how long a posture is held for, the app calculates the user’s progress and change in muscle tone.

Paula Smith is the owner of the YouTube channel “Yoga With Paula Smith”, that has over 2,000 videos ranging from meditation, light yoga, power yoga, to hot yoga. She has over three million followers on youtube and over four million followers on Instagram and Twitter. Ousting Dean Jack as the national fitness Guru, Paula has won over the Australian hearts to emerge as the fitness expert Down Under.

“I want people to become the best versions of themselves, both physically and mentally. Mental health is as important, if not more, as physical health. Meditation protects our mind and body from the ill effects of the stress and strain we encounter in our daily lives. Followed by Yoga, our body is stretched and exerted in all the right ways, to achieve a state of healthy existence. Yoga is an ancient art of exercise, and hence supremely accurate and perfect in its ways. It does not pose any threat of deformation or injury that other newer forms of exercise may pose.”

Paula first started her fitness channel when she herself decided to get fit. “I had a troubled childhood, hence mental and ill health consequently followed me into young adulthood. I was obese, and on anti-depressants when I met Yogi Shri Ram Das.” Tired of her unhealthy lifestyle, Paula traveled to India at the age of 22. She spent two years in an Ashram in Haridwar where she cleansed her mind and body by practicing the ancient Indian art of Yoga and meditation. “I took away a lot of the program. It is now my soul aim to help others take away good health from it as well.”

About Paula Smith

Born in Melbourne, Australian, Paula is a world renowned fitness expert. In addition to extensive social media following, she has also written books on Yoga, Meditation, and mental health. Paula writes a blog on her daily fitness activities and holds live discussions with her followers on Facebook and Instagram. She has a fitness studio in Melbourne where you can go to get training from the Guru herself.