Zucchini Tuesday - I have one!...

08 January, 2013

Louise at Garden Glut has had the great good sense to start a ongoing Tuesday celebration of the zucchini. And today I feel like I can actually properly join in, because I finally have one.


I wouldn't say its the finest specimen of zucchini ever, but it does alright. This one is from the Costata variety zuke for which I sowed seeds for about the same time as I planted a nursery bought Black Jack variety plant back in late November.

The aforementioned nursery bought zucchini (which was unfortunately twice dug up by bastard animals, but has lived to tell the tale) is looking reasonably well.


It has little zukes appearing, but sadly it has done so for a while but none have eventuated.


I'm not sure why. They don't appear to be being eaten. Hopefully these ones will make it to the table. But given how the home sown zucchini has fruited first, I don't think I'll be buying another zucchini plant again.

Here is the Costata, which you can see is ahead on the growing stakes.


There was the above picked zucchini, which I saw come up a week ago and diligently fertilised with male zucchini flower pollen. Even so it doesn't look like a properly fertilised fruit, but I picked it anyway.


I hope your zucchini are producing wonderful and plentiful specimens of this fine vegetable.

And wherever you are I hope you are safe and sound in this crazy bushfire prone country of ours.

8 comments:

  1. Well a zucchini is a zucchini. How did it taste? I will have to desperately water tomorrow morning after the cool change sets in. Crazy weather patterns going on all over the place. Fingers crossed everyone keeps safe and manages to hold onto most of their gardens

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    1. True, and it tasted like a zucchini. I hope your garden is holding in there!

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  2. Nice colour! Like the Costata very much. I wonder what your bastard animals are?

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    1. Yes, they are nice. I'm not sure exactly what the bastard animals are; could be rats, or birds... or something else. Do possums dig?

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  3. They're best small anyway. Do you find much difference between the flavour of different varieties?

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    1. I agree, when they're big and bloated they are tasteless. I haven't noticed a different taste between varieties, it's purely appearance to me.

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  4. I planted my zucchinis VERY late in the piece (before Christmas)Amazingly they survived the heatwave during my holiday but the verdict for me this year is still out. Looking at your little zucchini it looks a lot like mine in previous years. Experimenting with hand pollinating I found it only worked if you went out first thing in the morning just as the flowers open (otherwise result as above). Unfortunately I think morning shade where the plants were growing was meaning the bees weren't being naturally attracted to the area for natural pollination either. Just a theory- so I don't know if that helps,

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    1. That's great they've survived, I'm pretty surprised how well mine have held up. I'll have to try morning pollination when I have more, doesn't hurt to try...

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