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Old 07-03-2019, 10:59 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Bought the seedlings at local big box store and didn't think much of it. First time I harvested zucchini it was huge but also didn't think much of it. This is my 2nd harvest but from a different plant, they were also HUGE. Is this normal?
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Old 07-03-2019, 11:38 PM
 
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I think you got mixed up with watermelon seeds. Just joking. Is your soil or fertilizing or watering different than most?
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Old 07-04-2019, 01:01 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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That is a weird shape, for sure.
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Old 07-04-2019, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I googled and found a round zucchini. Looks like yours. I'd never seen one before.

https://www.vermontwildflowerfarm.co...xoCd9kQAvD_BwE
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Old 07-04-2019, 09:06 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I think you got mixed up with watermelon seeds. Just joking. Is your soil or fertilizing or watering different than most?
Haha. Speaking of soil, I did do something different. I use straw bale to build up the raised bed then put compost soil on top. It gets watered twice a day.
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Old 07-04-2019, 09:07 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I googled and found a round zucchini. Looks like yours. I'd never seen one before.

https://www.vermontwildflowerfarm.co...xoCd9kQAvD_BwE
Yes it does look like it. Thanks!
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Old 07-04-2019, 11:19 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I think that's an acorn squash.
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Old 07-04-2019, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Kaliforneea
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former zuchinni hobby gardener here. Makes ya md when yo get an odd-shaped mutant.

You really want to harvest them when they are juveniles, and thus more tender and sweet flesh. As they get larger, they get fiberous and woody. Also they produce fruits if you harvest early and often.

Dont forget the yellow-orange blossums are tasty, too. They are great with goat/cream cheese and basil/mint/black pepper, deep fried:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFai2JgqmHw

As a joke, I let one go to maximum size the whole season of growth, it was almost 3.5 feet long and got hard like a driftwood club. Totally inedible. I ended up bashing it on the ground like Captain Caveman and feeding it to my composting worms.

tips:
https://www.backyard-vegetable-garde...-zucchini.html
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Old 07-04-2019, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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That would be great for making stuffed zukes-I can never find ones big enough in the store.

Scrape out the insides, remove the seeds, then add the flesh to your favorite meatloaf recipe. Fill the shell and bake. Yum.
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Old 07-04-2019, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I googled and found a round zucchini. Looks like yours. I'd never seen one before.

https://www.vermontwildflowerfarm.co...xoCd9kQAvD_BwE
I didn't know about those.
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