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Zucchini Anyone?

Often when people leave for vacation, they experience a pleasant surprise of a thriving garden when they return (as long as it’s being watered while they’re gone).  My clients often report that just a week away produces a huge growth spurt in their gardens.  I’ve had this experience myself.

Recently though, I’d like to say that I went away on vacation, but the truth is I just got lazy and didn’t check in on the zucchini for a few days.  Oops…














This morning I picked 5 zucchini from one plant, including one that measures 18 inches long with a diameter of 5 inches.  It’s closest sibling is 14 inches long, and the one after that is 12.  Now either I’d better find a few mailboxes to shove these in around the neighborhood, or I need some good recipes for stuffed zucchini.  Here’s one that I found today on

This recipe calls for veal, which I personally don’t eat, and I found that many people commented on the recipe that they substituted turkey or chicken for the veal with great success.  I plan to sub out the veal for a well-spiced tofu mixture I’m dreaming up.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Do you have any favorite recipes for stuffing overgrown squash?  Share them with us here.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Carrie

    I have a “Bread & Butter” pickle recipe that uses Zucchini that I’m happy to share. I think it’s too long to post here. Just let me know if you would like it.

  2. Christy Wilhelmi

    There are a few possibilities that could be causing your squash to die a young death.  One reason could be poor pollination.  I hand pollinated my squash with a paintbrush this year to make sure there were no problems, as in the past.  Last year, partially due to the bee collapse, I heard from folks all over the country about squash fruit taking a dive.

    Here’s another article on the blog that might help you.  It offers answers to other common squash problems.

    Zucchini Mishaps

    Hope this helps.

  3. Andrea

    Oh my gosh…I wish I had zucchini to cook! While the plant seems healthy (but rather smallish)about 50% of my zucchinis start rotting from the end towards the stem! Sometimes the stem end kinda becomes bulb-ish like a balloon as the other end rots. Any ideas as to why this is happening or how I might prevent it?


  4. Bob

    Try BBQed zucchini. Slice those big boys about 3/8″to 1/2″ thick. Dip in veg oil then breadcrumbs and BBQ them about 5 min each side until golden brown. On a burger bun they need nothing but your appetite. Delicious!!!

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