Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Zucchini Castata Romanesco

I often do not have luck with zucchini because the vine borers get them.   This year I put Dipel [contains bt - see my gardening page for a description of that]  on the plants as soon as they had secondary leaves.   That seemed to help.     Dipel washes off, so I re-apply regularly - especially since it's so hot and I have to water every day. 

I'm pleased to report that I've had a good crop of zucchini this year.   It slowed down after that week of 100 + weather, then picked up when it dropped down to the 90s.   I'm guessing that it doesn't like to set flowers when it's roasting.   Who can blame it? 

This zucchini is Castata Romanesco.   I got the seed at Baker Creek and I"ll be saving some to see if I can grow it again.    I've planted it between a pattypan and a lemon squash so I'll have to hand pollinate if I want it to come back true.

5 comments:

  1. Need to check mine in case something miraculous happened over the last couple of days. I do have two plants who lived and were flowering...but no telling if they are still OK or not. Congrats on the bumper crop! What kind of canning magic will you be engaging in with them?

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    1. It's not exactly a bumper crop - it's just way more than the single fruit we normally get off a plant. If I have extra, I'll put them in the tomasqua. Right now we're eating a lot of fritters.

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  2. Do you have to do anything funky to save seeds? Or just grab them and save them? Zucchini grows freakishly well out here. LIke, you have to be careful as you leave your house in the summer so you don't trip over an abandoned basket of squash on your doorstep and break your neck. We must not have borers.

    Have you ever done anything edible with the blossoms?

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    1. I envy your absence of borers. Seriously.

      If I'm going to save seed, then I let the fruit stay on the vine until it's either dried up or falls off. Then collect the seed and finish drying it if necessary. Then dry it again because this is Indiana. Then I keep them in paper envelopes - well labelled!

      I haven't done anything with the flowers. It comes up once in a while - 'We oughta do something with the flowers', but I'm the only one who gets up early enough to collect them while they're open and generally I forget [since I'm not the cook]. If I did stuff them, I'd use this stuff: http://rurification.blogspot.com/2011/09/squash-fritters.html

      To. Die. For. Sauce.

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  3. We have a decent harvest of zucchini right now. In fact, this is the first year in many years that hubby actually said "if you have any baking recipes to use the squash on, feel free to". I'm shocked. Most years, the vine borers keep our harvests in check, just like they do for you. :P

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