This post by Jennifer Flaten
Zucchini is so prolific that gardeners leave them on neighbor’s doorsteps and often sneak them into visiting friend’s cars before they depart.
In August, the farmer’s market is filled with club-sized zucchini. I grew up eating zucchini fresh from the garden. I love sautéed zucchini and I have a fantastic zucchini bread recipe.
With that in mind, I planted zucchini in my garden this year. After last year’s disastrous attempt to add zucchini to my front garden, I decided to put it in a special container by my vegetable garden.
All appeared well. The seeds sprouted and the vines trailed. I had lovely yellow blossoms. Then a heat wave. Supposedly zucchini love heat….no one told my zucchini that.
The kids and I checked the plants every day. We watered, we said encouraging things finally, and we spotted a tiny little zucchini. It was no bigger than my pinkie. It was fit for a doll’s tea party.
Ever the optimist I babied that little zucchini hoping it would eventually grow bigger.
One day I went out to view my zucchini and found it missing, another victim of the neighborhood Robin Hood-Squirrel.
The zucchini was really the last in a long line of items that the squirrel ate or dug up from my garden. The first victims were my sunflower seeds. The next to go were the tomatoes and then the cucumbers and finally the zucchini.
So much for my dream of endless loaves of zucchini bread, unless a neighbor leaves some on my front poor.
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