Twenty years later, I'm still not planting straight rows and it is a bit of a surprise what each vine will produce. You see, I save all my seeds from this year's produce to grow next years produce.
I wish I could say that I label the dried seeds in an organized fashion, but I do not. I jumble my dried seeds together.
Here are some pumpkin leaves above and on the right. They've just started to bloom at the beginning of July, so I hope they will have some pumpkins ready for me in October.
Zucchini is my favorite type of squash. It is hearty and thrives when my other vines have taken all the summer heat they can handle. It grows taller than a cucumber and doesn't sprawl around the garden quite so much. On the left are the zucchini leaves as it grows. They are bigger and greener than cucumber leaves.
Friends often ask what I do with zucchini. My favorite way to eat it is fried with potatoes. Below is a photo of last nights dinner. I fry it in real butter (never margarine). I also add other vegetables such as corn, onions and tomatoes. Here is the full recipe I typed out for a friend:
Fried Zucchini (and other vegetables)
- Melt 1/2 a stick of real butter in the bottom of a pan.
- Take it off the heat while I slice the vegetables. (I use a food processor to do the slicing.)
- Slice 4 medium pototoes, 2 medium zucchini and half an onion.
- Cover it and let it cook on medium low heat until the potatoes are tender.
- Uncover and add the quartered tomatoes.
- Cook it another 5 minutes uncovered. (If you add the tomatoes to soon they cook down into nothing.)
- I also throw in seasoning at this point. Dried sage, sea salt and garlic powder are 3 of my favorites.
|frozen zucchini slices|
You can also shred zucchini before freezing it. This comes in quite handy for making zucchini bread.
Here is the recipe for Canning Zucchini Relish. It uses organic bell pepper, organic zucchini, apple cider vinegar, and brown sugar. No high-fructose corn syrup. (Gross!)
A friend also shared a tasty recipe for:
2 T. Oleo
1/4 c. green pepper
4 c. Zucchini (1/4 slices)
1 c. Shredded cheddar
1/4 C. chopped onion
1/2 tsp. oregano
8 oz. tomato sauce
Salt, pepper & a little sugar to taste
- Saute onion & pepper in butter until tender
- Add squash, cover & cook about 15 minutes on low
- Add tomato sauce and spices
- Fold in cheese
I believe I bought these seeds this year in order to make things (bird's nests, canteens, etc) from the dried gourds.
Have you ever made anything from a gourd?