Sometimes, you have to laugh at yourself, and being horrified of a Zucchini is one of those times . . .
My vegetable gardening endeavors are extremely limited due to the fact that I live in the “country” with wide open, natural space, full of various critters on all sides.
Critters love to have you grow things for them to eat.
So, I am always coming up with ideas to keep them away from my plants.
This is the first time I have tried growing Zucchini because it likes to grow along the ground (at critter level) and that is hard to protect.
But, I had earlier figured out a way to protect my Poppies by building a sort of tower made of plastic hardware cloth, and topped with a large plant saucer (which actually works better upside down than it does as a “hat” as shown in the picture).
It looked like this . . .
Because the Zucchini is a vine, however, it soon created a jungle of gigantic leaves and twisty vines in there, and I couldn’t figure out what was going on.
So, one day, I took the “hat” off, and started parting vines and leaves to explore, and to see if any Zucchini had gotten started in there.
Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a LARGE, DARK SHAPE!
I jumped back – thinking “Oh no! Some critter got in there and died because it couldn’t get out!) I was thinking maybe a Squirrel from the size of the thing.
It took all my courage to go back in there. If Mark had been home, I would have talked him into doing it instead.
With great trepidation, I slowly parted the leaves to take another look. It wasn’t moving so it must be dead. Eeeeeeew!
When I got in there far enough, I discovered that my “critter” was the biggest Zucchini I had ever seen.
I laughed at myself until I cried, and I won’t even tell you what his truly had to say when I told him the story.
There was only one thing to do, and it is pictured at the top of this post.
Sauteed in olive oil and sprinkled with parmesan cheese and a special spice blend called “Capital Hill Spice” from Savory Spice Shop here in Santa Fe. (You can shop online).
Much better than Squirrel would have been.