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Post  manitoak123 6/8/2010, 10:25 am

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My daughter Abbey - learning the happiness in gardening. 17-inch Zuchinni!
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I checked it two days before and it was just a little thing!
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Yummy - Stuffed Zuchinni, Zuchinni Bread and Cake
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Siamese Squash! You just never know what nature will surprise you with!
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Summer Squash - 4 bags went into the freezer and there is plenty more to come!
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Post  jinx 6/8/2010, 12:05 pm

WOW! Where are you located? I can't believe you already have veges. These are awesome! Cute little one too.
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Post  manitoak123 6/8/2010, 5:21 pm

I am in Eastern NC. I moved here a few years ago from PA and take advantage of the weather! I can usually plant cold crops as early as March (peas, cabbage, spinach, lettuce, etc.) and then everything else by mid to end of April. On occassion we will get cold snaps but watching the weather and covering the beds with plastic if low temps are expected overnight protects the plants! I can usually keep my garden going until November. It is Fab-u-lous!!!
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Post  Paintedlady 6/8/2010, 5:47 pm

Wow, what an amazing crop for so early in the year! First harvest of 2010 - Zuchinni & Squash Icon_eek In this area, that kind of harvest is a long way off. Great job!
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Post  nanqt 7/4/2010, 10:12 am

Can you please till me what type of summer squash you planted. Do you plant vertical ? As you can tell, I am really new to this concept. First harvest of 2010 - Zuchinni & Squash Icon_question Thanks so much for your help, your garden and Abbey are beautiful !!!
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Post  happyfrog 7/4/2010, 12:59 pm

you have a green thumb all right! Smile

cute kid!
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Post  bullfrogbabe 7/4/2010, 7:11 pm

The yellow summer squash seems to be a variety of yellow crookneck. I have some of this growing and it is a bush-like plant. There doesn't seem to be very many vining types of summer squash.

There is a great discussion about varieties of squash bush/vine and winter/summer types at the following discussion thread:

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/general-sfg-talk-f5/squash-vine-or-bush-t341.htm

My summer and winter squashes have just started flowering here in Petawawa, Ontario so I have a while to wait before any harvests of squash here.
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Post  bonniesherbals 7/4/2010, 9:02 pm

you mention that you froze the croookneck squash, did you cook it first? I've been dehydrating them. Would you believe I found an excalibur dehydrator in my basement this year in an unopened box, I believe my mom bought it for me when i first started studying to be an herbalist and I must have forgotten about it. There was a gift receipt in it dated 1996 can you believe it. anyway, I've been very thinly slicing the zucchini and crookneck squash with a mandoline and dehydrating it and it is really yummy as "chips"
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Post  quiltbea 7/4/2010, 11:33 pm

I love those squashes and zucchini. I am waiting patiently.....or maybe its impatiently if I'm honest, for mine to grow.
So far mine are this size.....
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Post  camprn 7/5/2010, 10:20 am

Bonnie, brilliant idea of the dehydration. My yellow summer & Zucchini squash are nearing harvest size and I have plenty of bloom coming on. I need to find my dehydrator.
Mani, I would also like to hear about the freezing process.
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Post  Megan 7/5/2010, 10:53 am

Wow, what a beautiful first harvest! Everything looks fantastic. Your helper is a cutie-pie, too!

Here's one of my first Zucchino. And I just spied the first lima bean, too.

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Post  manitoak123 7/6/2010, 7:06 pm

I just cut them into 1/2" slices, rinse, and freeze! They come out great when you add to stir fry, sautee, etc. You can freeze one this way for a few days and cook it before you try a big batch to be sure you like it.

I planted Burpee Calabacin Pic-N-Pic Hybrid - at least that is what is left on the top of the label! Smile
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Post  1chichi 7/7/2010, 3:41 pm

I've never seen a zucc that big! First harvest of 2010 - Zuchinni & Squash Icon_eek
What did you feed it?
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Post  manitoak123 7/7/2010, 6:39 pm

My compost has lots of bunny manure and I lightly broadcast some 10-10-10 every 30 days. My garden only gets full sun from dawn until about 2p.m. then it is shaded from the heat of the day, I think this helps too! I had it in full sun the last two years and it was not nearly as lush and productive as it has been this year.
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Post  1chichi 7/9/2010, 6:16 am

Gotta get my hands on more bunny manure! First harvest of 2010 - Zuchinni & Squash Icon_albino I only had a small amount to use this year that I got from a pet store.
How did you keep out the squash vine borer?
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Post  Josh 7/9/2010, 4:18 pm

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Post  Megan 7/11/2010, 4:35 pm

Just harvested! The zucchino is 21" long by my tape measure.

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Post  camprn 7/11/2010, 4:40 pm

Nice! so how do you cook that thing? Chard looks yummy.
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Post  Megan 7/11/2010, 4:45 pm

camprn wrote:Nice! so how do you cook that thing? Chard looks yummy.

I love the chard.... am surprised it has lasted so long.

As for cooking the squash... This variety can be used as both a summer and winter squash. The skin is still tender so I think it's still in "summer squash" phase. (I was tempted to leave it on the vine longer to see just how big it would get, but I've been dying to try one of these!) I thought to just pan-sear it quickly with some olive oil, garlic and some herbs the first time around. Unless you have a better idea? Smile
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Post  camprn 7/11/2010, 4:50 pm

LOL, I have no better idea, that sounds good! I have never seen this zucchino before. I hope it's yummy for you!
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Post  Chopper 7/11/2010, 5:50 pm

That zucchino is crazy! Hope it's good. I have swiss chard that came up in a totally neglected area where I had a veggie garden last. It is possibly the healthiest and most prolific thing I have and I have done exactly NOTHING for it. Swiss chard is a tough broad. Go figure.

It rained here but I would have missed it had I not been standing outside. I would not swear that it hit the ground.
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Post  Megan 7/11/2010, 6:14 pm

Ander has brought up something interesting... as early as yesterday, that squash was looking like a summer squash. I think it changed color overnight! We had a lot of rain yesterday, but here it is from 2 days ago (July 9), on the vine....

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