Sunday, June 14, 2015

Baseball Bats from the Garden

Last week was a very busy one, and in all my other tasks, my garden got a little overlooked.  Yesterday my husband went out to pick veggies while I was canning (more on that later), and he came in with the most gigantic zucchini I have ever seen in my life.  Who knew you could grow a zucchini with the diameter of a baseball bat and a length almost as long?!

He then called me out to help him pick,  and when all was said and done, we picked 10 pounds of zucchini (some were good size while others had gotten too large), 6 pounds of cucumbers (some of these were large also), a few pounds of yellow squash, and some zinnias.  

I will still use most of the large vegetables, but I will remove the seeds first.  The large zucchini will most likely get shredded and frozen for zucchini bread, but the baseball bat zucchini may get donated to the chickens.  I'm not even sure they will appreciate it, so it may contribute to the compost bin after that. 

I will post very soon regarding my latest canning project.  I'll give you a involves a fruit I have never canned before and lots of it!  Do you think you can guess what it is?


  1. Your harvest looks gorgeous, including those beautiful zinnias - I keep forgetting to plant some for myself. :( I am new to your blog having just received my 2nd post. I am curious as to your location as it will be a couple of months before I see veggies like that from my garden here in the Pacific NW (that's assuming I can keep the deer at bay).

  2. Thank you. I am finding the zinnias to be well worth the time it takes to plant them. They bloom beautifully and grow very quickly.

    As for my location, I am in the NC Piedmont. I am sure it is warmer here than it is where you are to say the least. Today's high was 99 degrees which comes with its own challenges for the garden.

    I'm so glad you stopped by, and I hope you enjoy the blog!

  3. When zucchinis from the garden get too big, I use them for zucchini boats, filled with a variety of mixtures --
    1) onions, rice & beans; 2) ground beef, onions & green peppers, with Mexican or Italian seasonings; 3) onions, celery, bread crumbs & cheese, etc... There are also a lot of Mid-Eastern/Sephardic Jewish recipes for stuffed veggies that can be adapted... Enjoy your bounty!! KMC

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