Friday, July 18, 2008


Holy jumpin' Jesus!! Our zuchinni plant has been slowly eating the rest of the backyard. We planted two plants, one of which didn't take off. But, the plant that was left has become a monster. Everyday, we get at least seven little zuchinnis and one big one. But, yesterday, we got three that were so big...well, let's just say that there were some jokes about judging happiness by the size of the item in your pocket. Would any local readers want some zuchinni?

Our corn looks like it's going to be equally plentiful. Grace has been very good about tending it for weeds and water. She's got about eight stalks that took off, each stalk having 4-8 ears for now. We should be able to eat it in a week.

Lexi's tomato plants are drooping from the weight. I don't eat much tomato, but I popped a cherry tomato in my mouth today and it was divine. Still warm from the sun and sweet.

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Sean the Blogonaut F.C.D. said...

"That's not a zucchini, out here zucchinis grow so big that the naties hollow them out and use them as canoos."

That is an impressive specimen - good work and kudos to the young green thumbs.

Sean the Blogonaut F.C.D. said...

natives dagnamit

SWE said...

Aren't you glad only one of them took off?

When I was growing up, the joke of the summer was to never leave your car windows open or the doors unlocked. To do so was to risk desperate gardeners disposing of their zucchini crop.

Sounds like the young possums are excellent gardeners!

invisible dragon said...

Wow. Keep an eye on the children around that zucchini. They've been know to take small children and animals.... O.O

Ami said...

My grandfather always said it was easy to tell which neighborhood people had squash growing in the back yard. They were the ones who offered you a zucchini daquiri when you visited.

Think of the possibilities of a roadside stand and summer earning potential!

(Our squash plants in the back yard have gone nuts, too, but so far, we have not harvested anything, still too small.)

Rachel said...

Wish I were local! Everything sounds delicious!

Karen said...

P-Momma, what do you do with all that zucchini? (Hint: pass on a recipe or two, please?) I'd love one that could actually get my husband eating it. As it is, I haven't planted zucchini in years because I can't eat and give away what one bush produces.

Karen said...

Hmmm. On the other hand, maybe I DO have a use for zucchini, though too late this year. I have a volunteer palm treelet that defies all attempts to kill it. Perhaps I should surround it with zucchini plants next spring.

Poodles said...

Karen... Here is a recipe for you, not very healthy, but very tasty.

Zucchini Bread

3 eggs
1c. Vegetable oil
2c. Sugar
2c. Grated zucchini
3 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Baking soda
3 tsp. Cinnamon
¼ tsp. Baking powder
3c. Flour
1c. Walnuts finely chopped

Mix all ingredients together except the nuts, fold them in last. Grease 2 4 x 9 bread pans bake at 350 degrees for 45 min to one hour. Check with a toothpick for doneness.

redd said...

I LOVE that you have your kids gardening....I kid you not; I drive a special needs bus, and last year, one of my students freaked because I told him that my kids pull a carrot out of the ground and eat it..he said "Carrots come out of the ground?! That's nasty!" I said, "Where did you think they came from?" "The grocery store....."

We do not live in a city...rather a suburban area with no zoning laws preventing gardens, small farm animals, etc. And this poor boy had no clue.


What kind of corn have you got growing? Silver Queen?

My zukes give me one or two giant ones a week...enough to keep us all in zucchini muffins.

I've been pickling my cucumbers, because the Japanese climbers are giving me 3-4 8 inch cukes every two days. Never done this before so I hope they turn out good!

I'm a little freaked, because my tomato plants, carefully started 2 weeks apart, look like they are all gonna ripen at once! What the hell am I gonna do with 30-40 lbs of tomatoes, all ripe the same week?

Spaghetti sauce, chili, dried...anything else?

bill said...

redd: fried tomatoes! I prefer the non-green fried tomatoes. :-)

Gramomster said...

Oh, and grilled tomatoes! They are amazing done on the grill for a few minutes, after the rest of the food is done. Yum!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Keep an eye on the children around that zucchini. They've been know to take small children and animals.... O.O
HA!! Yeah. I know. I was joking around with P1 and P2 when we were picking and said, "Feed me, Seymore!" I thought P2 was going to wet himself from laughing.

*Litte Shop of Horrors reference

Anonymous said...

Gardening is something I loved doing as a kid, so I past it on. It's such an amazingly simple way to teach kids how things grow. I involve them in every step. This year, I didn't have to do all that much because P1 and P2 have been doing it since they were born and it's old hat for them. But, I love how excited the little ones get when they see this seed that they planted and tended turn into something we can eat.

Flux said...


of all the times not to live near you... looks like that would be some tasty stir fry or kabobs!!!

Karen said...

'Bye folks, I'm out of town for a couple of days, but I'll check this thread when I get back (maybe there'll be more recipes!)

Poodles, thanks for the zucchini bread recipe.

invisible dragon said...

Once upon a long time ago, my then-husband planted six zucchini plants to "surprise" me. O.O; They were forty feet from the house one night and only thirty feet away the next morning. You could almost watch the things grow. I took a hoe to four of the monsters when one of them tried to swallow my cat. We still had zucchini coming out our ears for three months after that from the remaining two plants. Zucchini is the advance party for Cthulu. Really.

Annie said...

I'm delighted by the zucchini horror stories in your comments section, but also wondering: why hasn't an aid agency been set up to provide suggestions of what to do with extra zucchini? It sounds like a charity just waiting to happen.

Anonymous said...

We used to use the Gleaners, but they don't like coming out to do a pick-up unless you allow them to take EVERYTHING. My parents have trees and trees of citrus and called the Gleaners in January. My dad told them they could take a certain poundage but that he wanted to keep some for the family. The trees were stripped bare.

I'll just keep sneaking it onto neighbor's porches in the dead of night. LOL Kidding...sort of. ;)

Our carrots aren't do so well. I need tips. Bunny Luv grows 75% of the world's carrots less than six miles from here, but I can't get any to grow in my backyard. I thought our soil might have been too compacted for rooting to take place, so I mixed some sand in. But, no luck. I've got one more option, which I want to do with P4 tomorrow, which is to start the carrots in pots. I don't know that I'll be able to transplant them, but at this point I just want to get my soil right. P4 does fine with potted veggies (he gets over eager with the little hoe and rake for the in ground stuff...that's how the green beans went MIA).

Chris Soriano said...

i've actually been growing a container garden of cucumbers, tomatoes and serrano peppers (the others didn't quite make it, heh) and yours looks awesome! I've had to redo it a couple times due to some...watering issues but they're starting to make a comeback now. those look yum!

AlisonM said...

Q: How can you spot a guy who has no friends?

A: He's the one buying zucchini in the supermarket.

Heh. I like to cut up a zucchini or two, a nice big onion, a few cloves of garlic, a red pepper, a green pepper, and a chili or two and saute them for about 10 minutes, then throw in a can of black beans (drained and rinsed), a cup or frozen corn, and a 24 ounce can of diced tomatos, a teaspoon of cumin, and chili powder and salt to taste. Cook until it's heated through and sprinkle some grated cheddar on top. It's a family favorite, even though zucchini isn't a favorite.

Country Wife said...

That is so great that your kids know how to garden! I have had teenagers at my house that were shocked when they pulled a carrot out of the ground. *rolls eyes* And one little guy I know had no idea that french fries came from potatoes. He thought they came from a drive-thru. Of course he didn't know where potatoes came from, either.

I had to re-plant my carrots. Either the slugs ate the first ones as they came up, or the seeds didn't germinate. Maybe try adding some organice matter to the carrot patch (just grass clippings will do in a pinch).

I blanch and freeze my zucchini for winter use. I have at least 7 plants. :)