Gad-zukes!

Brought over another “care package” for our neighbors yesterday.  Since their zucchini crop is underwhelming this year, we tucked in four zucchinis, a couple of straightneck yellow squashes, some bell peppers, jalapeños, Thai chilis, a loaf of homemade zucchini bread (the recipe I use from Beard on Bread makes two loaves), and a half-pint of homemade hot pepper jelly.  Used our zucchini, and their eggs for the loaf of bread.

They had a kid’s birthday party pool party on Saturday, so I didn’t want to intrude on their property while that was going on, even to just leave the box by their front door.  They decorated the whole pool area, and even hired a DJ.  Made sense to wait until Sunday to drop it off for them.

I’m not sure why they’re having zuke problems this year while ours are going gangbusters, but it does give me the opportunity to give them our excess.  We only planted two hills of zukes, and one of yellow squash this year, yet our harvest is as good as I’ve ever seen it.  It’s all organically grown.  The tomatoes are all coming along nicely, but won’t be ready to harvest for another two weeks, since that’s how late everything is this year after a cool Spring.

It’s going to be a fantastic year for hard squash.  Those vines are taking over the garden, and every so often, have to be redirected so they don’t strangle other things.  They’re are an odd mix of pure butternut, pure sugar pumpkin, and a couple of other things that seem to have hybridized, so we don’t really know what they are.  Regardless, they’re all edible.

The canteloupe vines seem to have made a comeback from the critter chewing they got earlier in the season, but the cuke is so pathetic after its chewing that I expect nothing from it.  Oh, well.  If I want to make dill, or bread & butter pickles, I can always buy the cukes at a grocery store.  They’re inexpensive in season — assuming I can find the pickle sized ones, instead of the long slicers.

This growing season for our kitchen garden is turning out to be a really good one.  It’s always questionable the first year you plow a grassy spot, fence it in, and try it.  Obviously, I picked a good place for it in the yard, but year to year is always a surprise, regarding what produces.

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