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The Zucchini Wars

Zucchini soup, zucchini fritters, zucchini dip, zucchini salads, zucchini, zucchini, zucchini, zucchini, zucchini.  I have nightmares about zucchini’s.

A few months ago, MP decided she wanted to grow some veggies so she rustled up a few large containers and I bought her an old bath.  Some good soil and a couple of freebie packets of seeds from a garden magazine and away she went.  Tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and the dreaded zucchini were the main crops and some decent rain and warmth over the last month or so and they went berserk.  Here are the results.

Bathing beauties A handful

Of course MP is quite proud of her efforts so we’re going to build a larger plot and hopefully she’ll nurture something other than zucchini’s.

In the meantime, our lovely niece, Laura with young Jack, comes along and thinks she is the ants pants of zucchini growing with just these two miserable efforts. 

War has been declared!


  1. January 9, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I learned a loooong time ago that 1 zucchini seed will feed a family of 10. A packet of seeds will feed a starving 3rd world nation.

    Whoever said “manna from heaven” didn’t have zucchini in mind.

    • January 11, 2010 at 2:31 am

      I like cutting them into bite-sized pieces, putting them in a tempura batter and deep frying. It makes a great party snack.

      Another good suggestion.

  2. muscat55
    January 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    At one stage in Swan Hill we grew Zucchinis for the Sydney Markets, and the restaurants used to like them when they were about 2mm in diameter, and I think they taste better at that size. I have a truly delightful recipe for zucchini pickle if you would like it. We used it for the ones that got away and ended up around 3mm plus!

    Yes, the smaller ones are far tastier. Zucchini pickle sounds nice said MP so sending the recipe and it won’t go astray

    • The Librarian
      January 10, 2010 at 10:20 am

      I think you mean 2cm?

      Maybe 2 metres!

  3. june in florida
    January 9, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I cant think of one thing to say about zucchinis, never had one….ps. you could mail me one.

    Goodness, what would the postage cost!

    • January 10, 2010 at 3:06 am

      Those are so large that they are no longer zucchini – They are zuccholo!

      Around the end of one summer, my family had a little protest and my husband held up his fork – with a little chunk of zucchini or courgette on the end of it and stated, “this is the last piece I am eating this year”. I had only planted three plants. I had to give the surplus to neighbours.

      Peggy – Our neighbours are doing well indeed. “Zuccholo”. No idea. Did you make that word up?

      • January 10, 2010 at 5:10 pm

        No – just rough Italian. “ini” is the diminutive suffix for many nouns e.g. tortellini.

        “olo” is the suffix for something that is a larger version.

        The vegetable in it’s ordinary state – not the smaller or large version. is zuccha

        Well there you are, you learn something every day. Thanks for the description, we’ll be coming to you for gardening advice.

  4. January 10, 2010 at 5:47 am

    zuke bread. Then freeze it.


  5. AZ
    January 10, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I think my dad planted zukes once, we had them coming out of our ears. I like ’em cut in half lengthwise, brushed with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled with Italian seasoning, and grilled on the barbie.

    AZ – Never heard them called “zukes” before. Maybe you guys use a little plutonium for fertiliser.

    • AZ
      January 11, 2010 at 6:03 pm

      So, I suppose you don’t call cucumbers cukes.

      Must be local slang or my edukatchon is a bit off!

  6. Thomas Houseman
    January 10, 2010 at 11:35 am

    DB, you should try your hand at “atlantic Pumpkins” – google em!

    Will do. As long as they don’t breed like “zukes”

    PS Just had a look. No thanks! One bathtub wouldn’t be enough for one of those beasts!

  7. june in florida
    January 11, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    11 comments on zucchini,that’s got to be one of the most commented on subjects.Blows your mind.

    12 now. Hey, the record is 17 for that zilch post above. That blows my mind!

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