Zucchini Rewards And Punishments!

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Priapos {What Have I Done To Offend You?} Greek God of gardens, was the rustic god of the bounty of the vegetable garden. He was also honored protector of sheep, goats, bees, the vine and of all garden produce.

Zucchini is considered a summer squash and is generally one of the first summer garden plants to bear fruit. If you plant more than 1 zucchini seed in your garden you very well may find yourself, your friends and neighbors buried in zucchini! To say that zucchini is a productive summer garden squash is the under statement of 2012!

So, like a fool, you planted 3,4, 5 or more zucchini seeds in your garden, and are now knee deep in zucchini! You and your family in no way can eat that much zucchini. Now What? After your friends and neighbors stop coming by and as you walk down the street with a brown paper bag full of zucchini, you can hear doors being locked from the inside as you near them. Your chickens and pig hide in their house when they see you walking out of your garden with yet another brown paper bag full of zucchini!

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Fear not, I have done the research for you and here are a few things you can do with zucchini until your muster enough courage to pull the zucchini vines and put then on top of you compost pile.

University of Nebraska Food Nutrition and health. Has a few ideas what to do with zucchini.

That British Woman Blog Has a list of 50 + 1 things to do with zucchini.

Zucchini Relish Canning Recipe This recipe is a bit bland for my taste, but, it is a simple matter of adding a few Red Hot peppers to go from bland to nice and spicy!

AllRecipes.com claims to have more than 600 zucchini recipes! You should be able to find a few recipes to use up some of your excess zucchini here.

Don’t neglect to freeze and make zucchini pickles from at least part of your harvest to feed your family during the cold months of winter when you are longing for the warm productive days of working in your summer garden.

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5 responses to “Zucchini Rewards And Punishments!

  1. One of my favourite vegetables! Great post on how to cook them. Will try out zucchini bread.

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  2. Have you ever had problems with squash vine borers? If so, how do you deal with them? Mine ruined my squash plants mid-season :0(

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    • Re: Erica Vine borers.. There is little good news I can report on vine bore control. Once hatched and they have bored into your vines they are almost impossible to kill without carefully cutting(spiting)the vine near it’s entry point and removing the bore, then covering that area with an inch or so of garden soil. The only known effective control is preventive control.
      University of Kentucky said “Squash Vine Borer (Squash vine borer is primarily a pest of squashes and pumpkins. Treat for squash vine borer beginning 3rd week in June and repeat 3 to 5 times at weekly intervals.)”
      Asana XL 5.8 to 9.6 fl oz 48 fl oz
      Assail 30 SG 5.3 oz 26.5 oz Limit 5 applications. Allow 5 days between
      applications.
      Brigade 2 EC 2.6 to 6.4 fl oz 19.2 fl oz Limit 2 applications after bloom. Allow 7
      days between applications.
      Mustang Max 1.28 to 4 fl oz 24 fl oz Allow 7 days between applications.
      Permethrin 3.2 EC 4 to 8 fl oz 64 fl oz
      Synapse 24 WG 2 to 3 oz 9 oz
      Vetica 2.66 12 to 17 fl oz 38 fl oz Allow 7 days between applications.
      Warrior II 1.28 to 1.92 fl oz 11.5 fl oz
      Whiteflies
      Actara 25 W 3 to 5.5 oz 11 oz Allow 5 days between applications.
      Assail 30 SG 2.5 to 5.3 oz 26.5 oz Limit 5 applications. Allow 5 days between
      applications.
      Courier 40 SC 9 to 13.6 fl oz 2 applications Allow 7 days between applications.
      Knack 0.86 EC 8 to 10 fl oz 20 fl oz Limit 2 applications. Allow 14 days between
      applications.
      Oberon 2 SC 7.0 to 8.5 fl oz 25.5 fl oz Allow 7 days between sprays.
      Portal 0.4 EC 2 pt 4 pt Limit 2 applications.
      Requiem 25 EC 2 to 3 qt
      Venom 70 SG 1 to 4 oz 6 oz (foliar) Allow 7 days between applications. Do not
      use following a soil application of Venom,
      Platinum, or Admire.

      Also, you should either remove infected plants, bag and send to your local landfill or burn infected vines. Do Not put them in your compost pile!
      Take a look at Kentucky Cooperative Extension service a PDF file page 114.

      Please remember that there a lot of insects that can kill your vines that have similar visual symptoms as vine bores! Be sure you are treating for the correct insect problem.
      Happy, vine bore free, gardening ~Pobept

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  3. Knowing full well of how profusely zucchini’s bounty is, I still planted 5 mounds in my tiny raised vegetable garden, and look forward to being completely over-run with them! I love zucchini and never get sick of them. When I do find myself with more than I can handle, I shred them up and freeze them for future use. In the fall and winter months I love baking zucchini bread so when I get the urge I simply take the frozen shredded zucchini out of the freezer, let it thaw, and bake some up for a warm and delicious treat. 🙂

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