Monday, July 14, 2014

What's in Season - Zucchini Overkill

 It happens every year.  At the moment, we are drowning in summer squash.  If I forget to pick daily, then the problem just compounds itself.  I've been able to give much of it away to our neighbors.  And summer squash has become a permanent fixture in our weekday stir-fries.  The rest - well, tonight I broke out our dehydrator.  I'll grate and freeze some of it as well.  I've been putting it off, but now is the time to hunker down and start preserving some of the bounty. That would be the sensible thing to do.

 Our runner beans are starting to come in.  They seem almost as prolific as the summer squash.  Up until this point, I'd never eaten runner beans before.  The outer skin is more leathery than your average green bean, but they are still very tasty and have an excellent crunch.  I imagine they would make great pickles.

 Our salad cucumbers are coming in as well.  I've picked about 10 so far.  'Tasty Jade' is an excellent choice for the home grower in my opinion.  I am partial to growing cucumbers that don't require pollination in order to set fruit.  Tasty Jade is also very crisp and sweet. One of our favorite summertime snacks is simply a freshly-picked cucumber slicked and sprinkled with a bit of course salt.  It's true what they say - heaven is a homegrown cucumber. 

 I've picked all of my red currants.  This week, I'm due to pick the rest of the black.  Strangely, the birds have left them alone, which means that I'll be able to pick them when they are perfectly ripe.  These are destined for making jams and syrups (for homemade soda).

The last of the broccoli is slowing coming in.  Pretty soon, it will be time to pull out the plants and grow something less, which reminds me that now is the time to sow seeds for fall broccoli, beets and kale.

9 comments:

  1. I'd love to know how you managed to get currants ---our birds clean them out within minutes of ripening. I've never ever had a single one.
    Your patty pan squash are beautiful--mine don't seem to like our cool summer--gorgeous plant, but the squash are not developing......

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    1. I'm guessing blind luck! The fake owl that we got surely isn't helping. I'm also trying to make the garden as colorful as possible to make the berries less noticeable.

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  2. Lovely zucchini. I've just had the one so far. Well and two little non pollinated zukes. But then I have mine under a row cover and have to hand pollinate. Sometimes it happens. Sometimes not.

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  3. My God - look at those gorgeous squash! I just love the patty pans. For the Tasty Jade cucumbers - do you grow them under cover? I would love to grow a parthenocarpic variety, but thought that they had to be grown under cover because flowers that do get pollinated don't produce good cucumbers.

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    1. Nope, I've grown several pickling and salad parthenocarpic varieties and never under cover. I've personally never noticed any difference in fruit quality.

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  4. Great haul of summer squash. I like the looks of your cukes, as well. I grow Summer Dance, another Japanese type, but I may try Tasty Jade next year as an alternative. I agree, that type of cucumber produces fruit perfect for home use.

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  5. Egads, you have scallop squash AND Zucchini! Don't you wish money grew on squash plants? :-) What I liked about runner beans is that real beany flavor and their firm texture makes them perfect for stewing in tomato sauce (perhaps with some zucchini...). The unfortunate thing about them is that they seem to be more attractive to aphids than common beans.

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  6. Nice harvest, I planted my summer squash and cucumber late, they are not producing yet (if any), just lost my kabocha to squash bugs, darn!

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  7. I'm impressed, so far I've eaten from my garden one yellow courgette and 1 yellow scallopini squash - the rest are either yet in a state of flower or growing, I can't wait to harvest them.

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