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Thread: i had to BUY zucchini! can you believe that????

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    i had to BUY zucchini! can you believe that????

    how ridiculous is that? ours just wont grow! plants and flowers are lovely, but veggies are small and are just 'stagnant' for some reason. so hard to garden in north idaho! GRRRR! so last nite hubby and i bought 4 zucchini, and steamed them till done, and then i did an old trick my mom used to do. fried them in a little butter and added a couple of eggs to it with some salt and pepper. it was divine! buying zucchini! Bleh! have a great day guys! )
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    Sure wish you lived next door to me! I would be leaving them on your doorstep!

    Your way of fixing them sound good - I've never added eggs to zucchini.

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    try it sometime bear! its really good all fried up like that. i just had more for lunch!
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    yes indeed!
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    It has something to do with having multiple plants and then getting them fertilized...
    I have taken a q-tip and gone from one blossom to another to get my fruit. If the Zuchinni is not fertilized it will have a blossom and perhaps a small fruit then seems to "rot'...
    I'm not nuts, I read this because of the last 2 summers being crappy in Tacoma, Wa...
    If you can't get Zuchinni to grow...well, you know the rest.
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    We have to buy it too. Our yellow squash, green peppers and cucumbers are growing but no zuchinni. Too bad because I love it.

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    My problem with zucchini was the deer. The weather here is really dry so they are looking for food. 5 deer found my garden and about the only thing left if the hot peppers and eggplant for some reason. Didn't know that they would eat zucchini plants and the zucchini, but I guess they were hungry enough they did!

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    I did not know it was ever sold. Thought it just appeared on your door step.

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    Lack of bees for pollination might be the problem. We had that last year with our green beans. It wasn't until a neighboring farmer brought in some bee boxes down the road from us that we got any beans. Other years, I was giving away beans.

    This year, it's drought...can't win! I'll probably be buying all of my veggies.
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    An old Italian dish with zuchinni and eggs is to saute the vegetable until golden in olive oil. Add beaten eggs and mozzerella cheese and cook till done. Mmmmmm - soooooooo good. That and a hunk of Italian bread and I'm in heaven.

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    How can you tell when a person doesn't have any friends? A: He's in the grocery store buying zucchini.
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    If you have blooms on your zucchini it is easy to pollinate them your self. Last year I did and had a good crop. Look inside the bloom if it a one stemn which would be the male and if it looks like a cluster but not clear open that is a female and rub the male in the center of female and you will have plenty of vegetables. quilt for fun grandma G

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    I've had to buy it too, ever since our terrible drought last summer and now TOO much rain this summer ... NOTHING has grown well here lately except my flowers. Everyone we know has just about given up on gardening LOL
    I remember the years past when we were GIVING it away by the sack (okra & tomatoes too) to everyone we knew !! Could have set up a produce stand !
    Last edited by TexasGurl; 07-31-2012 at 07:13 AM.

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    Usually gardeners are literally falling over zucchini the size of baseball bats. Little or nothing going on this area of central NY. About the only thing folks are talking about are a few cukes coming on. We had earlier cold snaps, followed by hale storms and now drought. Have to believe the apple and pumpkin crops are suffering too.

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    I can believei it. We planted seeds and all I'm getting is the flowers. I then bought plants that said zucchini, and they are turiing out to be yellow summer squash.

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    oh, if only you lived a little closer!!! A midnight run, the door opens, a package is dropped on the doorstep and a quick getaway is made. oh, if only......
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    I'm buying, too. The rabbits got mine. the first day the blossoms were gone, then the leaves and last the stems. They left me a bare stalk about 2 1/2" high. I have the yellow and butternut squash up near the dogs' area.The smell of dogs must deter the bunnies.

    I like onions, garlic and Italian seasonings cooked with my zucchini, or raw in a bean and red pepper salad.

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    Its been way too hot for our garden this year we arent getting much from it at all, and we usually are giving away or donating .....not this year we arent getting much at all.

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    I was just thinking the other day, when I saw zucchini on the side of the road with a sign that said "25 cents each" that it must be a sign of the horrible economy - selling it instead of giving it away - unheard of!! I don't have a real garden this year - just using earth boxes and planters so no zucchini - must depend on the kindness of friends.

    My mom used to make a zucchini recipe that was just wonderful. She would fry several thick pieces of bacon and then drain off most of the fat. To the remaining fat she would add sliced zucchini and sliced onion, cover the pan and let it cook until all was fairly soft. She would then remove the top of the pan and cook down most of the moisture. Then she would seed several ripe tomatoes, cut them up and toss them in and bring back to a simmer. Following that she would add back in the crumbled bacon, and about 1/2 to 3/4 cup grated parmesean cheese (depending on how much zucchini she started out with). Heat until cheese melted, season and enjoy. It is not a "pretty" dish to look at, but oh my gosh is it delicious.
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