I live on the west coast & have planted zucchini a couple of years. Last year I got lots of flowers & vegies that grew to a size of a couple of inches. They then turned yellow & dropped off. What is wrong? I did get 2 very large ones for stuffing & just a few for eating.
Glad you got som large ones to stuff. The little ones that turned yellow and fell off were not fully pollinated. This season, plants marigolds, nasturiums and other flowers pollinators love among the zucchini. They'll draw the insects to the flowers and pollinate them. You can also use a a watercolor paintbrush to hand pollinate the flowers after they open.
Lettuces and spinach take liltte space and are easy to grow during the spring and fall.Carrots and radishes can be planted pretty densely and radishes only take a month from seed to harvest so several crops can be planted in a season. I would often eat them right out the garden.A couple of tomatoes are a must. They are more vertical space. At least a cherry (for eating in the garden) and a beefsteak for slicing. Buy or make big sturdy cagesSugar snap peas are a favorite. Build a trellis for them to climb and they take liltte space.Same goes for vine cucumbers.Peppers and eggplants are pretty compact but I gave up on them after the flea beetles arrived.Zucchini and yellow squash are big plants but you can get a big yield from one mound of plants.Hope that helps.-Brian
we cut the zucchini and squash in slices and dip it in eggs and milk then coat it with corn meal or house autry chicken breader then put it on cookie sheets and freeze enough it doesnt stick together or layer it on wax paper so you have fried squash all winter long.
Yes, I've always called it a "drive-by zuking." :-D
I make a lovely zucchini salad with a hummus/rice vinegar dressing.
My dogs and I love dried zucchini chips! I dry 1/4-inch-thick slices of zucchini in my dehydrator. They're a nice replacement for potato chips and are great with hummus.
We started calling the sneaking of produce on neighbors porch "Amish Drive Byes". Have been doing it for years. Also do the food pantry thing and they are always happy to see me. I live in S.E. Iowa and even with our severe drought conditions we are blessed with a good well and have been doing alright with the garden.
I eat a lot of vegetables,mostly stir fried. Zuchini can be added to any stir fry and replace other vegetables. Also great in tomato sauces. It absorbs all the flavours of the other herbs, vegetables, and sauces. I have some friends who are waiting for any excess but don't really have that problem.
I have also used zucchini is relish by substituting it for cucumbers. Never had a problem with it and we love the relish.
We shred it, measure it up for recipes and add the oil from the recipe to it, then put in freezer bags and freeze it. Makes it easy to pull out for cakes or breads or casseroles during the winter.