Squash & Zucchini (& a Harvest Recipes Link up!)

I don't really know what I do to my squash and zucchini plants, it's just one of those things that apparently grow well under a black thumb. Or maybe the Lord loves growing it so much He just blesses us with extra. (Since I can't grow very much else well.) I really should pay more attention to them, actually. But I get a big harvest, and by the time the bugs start killing them off, I'm somewhat relieved. We all are, actually, we've been eating squash and zucchini almost every day for a month now.


Anyway, it seems I plant mine a bit earlier than most people (my parents are just now getting started with their harvest). I buy transplants from an elder in our church named Doug. He has a greenhouse and sells tomato, pepper, watermelon, squash, and zucchini transplants at the beginning of April and that's when I stick them in the ground. I do have problems with squash bugs, I don't know anyone who doesn't. But they don't get started until the plants are already producing. And for the first month, they are easy enough to take care of. The kids love killing them. Gideon finds the bugs to squash, and Eowyn loves finding the eggs to knock off. Those little copper beads are fun to find, and they roll right off when you rub them with your fingers.



I did plant mine with my carrots and turnips this year. I have no idea how those are doing, they are all hidden underneath the squash plants, and mixed in with weeds. I figure I'll pull those up when I pull up the squash plants. We shall see!


Our squash plants are so big, the guineas have started laying their eggs underneath them. I was picking some zucchini the other day and found the nest. It had 6 eggs in it, and there was another nest nearby that had 1 egg in it. I'm so glad to be getting the guinea eggs again! We love them.


After that, we just start eating. In every way we can imagine. Frittatas, grilled, broiled, boiled, steamed, roasted, in stir-fries, zucchini bread, with cheese, with tacos, in spaghetti, fried, and baked. Take some to church, family get-togethers, or friends places to get rid of some bless everyone with. (I read a joke the other day, that if it's squash and zucchini season, keep your doors and windows locked when you go to church.) If there are other ways of eating zucchini and/or squash, please let me know!


I freeze all the excess for later. It's easy, no blanching, just washing, cutting, and shoving it in a baggie. Squeeze as much air out as possible. I have the kids do most of the work, when I can. Last year, we would shred the zucchini and measure it out in 4 cups so that we would have just the right amount for zucchini bread. (The kids could do this as well, it just makes a big mess.) But this year, I've needed to streamline the process as much as possible. Life is busy. So we've just been chopping it roughly up. We can shred it later if we want to make zucchini bread, right now we just need to get it done and move on. For those zucchini that I let grow four hours too long and that turn into baseball bats, I cut out the center but save the rest. I know they are technically too big, but they still eat just fine. Or you can also use them as a decent weapon.


I haven't been keeping count, I have plans to count it all when we finish the last one and add it all my meal planner, but I have a lot put up already. It's so funny to me how abundantly God gives. So excessively! Like, He's so excited to be able to give us this food, that He rains it down on us. He loves to give us food. He loves to feed us. He is just so wonderful! And He's the exact opposite of the world. The world gives us food only when we pay enough at the grocery store, and these days, the money does not go far. It takes a lot of money to feed our family from the grocery store. But God? He gives us so much food that we get a little tired of it. I think that's just awesome.

What's God blessing you with this year from your garden?

Now for the Harvest Recipes Link Up!

The rules are simple: link up any and all recipes you have for zucchini or squash, or methods for preserving them. And then just share this post. Easy peasy! In the name field, put the name of your recipe! Thanks friends, I love seeing your posts linked up!


2 comments

  1. How 'bout pickled? You are indeed blessed with an abundance of squash. We're growing summer squash for the first time, so we'll see what happens. I never turn down a good sweet bread. ;0D
    Thank you for stopping by The Maple Hill Hop!

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  2. I don't have any recipes to share, but we like to chop them in little half circles and add it so the tomato sauce I make. It's great on spaghetti noodles and in lasagnas. No one really notices a difference.
    You loot looks so pretty!

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