Thursday, June 24, 2010

Organic Gardening is Hard But Worth It!

Organic gardening was harder than we though it would be. Using no synthetic fertilizers and using no chemical pesticides was a daily battle with bugs, critters, and the natural elements. We lost many plants along the way, some to bugs eating the plants leaves and fruit. But at long last, finally a harvest to be really proud of! Our first zucchini squash! We had two zucchinis squashes that were growing great, but lost them to blossom rot. So we were feeling a little defeated. However, we've been watching the other squash and in the last few days, it grew so big so quickly! I can wait to cook up this beauty, not sure what to make yet. To know that we didn't use any chemicals to grow this plant is going to make this even more tasty! What should we make? Suggestions are welcomed.


  1. YUM!!! Zucchini Fries with olive oil, crushed red pepper, and parmesan. You can send me the leftovers. It is a beautiful zucchini, congrats on your growing success. Doesn't it feel so good to know that you didn't add any harmful chemicals to the plants? I love what good dirt, water, and sunshine can do for our food!

  2. Looks good! With only one I would quarter it and grill it with olive oil, salt, and pepper. When you get a few more (and you will) try a casserole or some kind of fritters! MMMM

  3. We saute our in a little oil with onions, garlic, salt, pepper till tender. Then hubby always wants cheese melted on top. Oh and sometimes beg for bacon bits to be added.

    Congrats on the 1st of the crop. Hopefully there will be many more.

  4. Zucchini squash? Already? Wow! It's pretty early! Congratulations! As for cooking, we usually grill it and add some spices.

  5. Congrats on the Zucchini! I have a recipe for Chicken Minestrone that calls for one zuke and it's pretty tasty. I will be happy to share it with you if you want, just let me know. :

  6. That looks delicious! Our zucchini plant is just getting started. I like slicing them up with olive oil, salt and pepper and chopped garlic and roasting them in the oven.

  7. It looks wonderful!! But, I must confess, I looked at it and saw all of Mr Potato Head's attachments. I guess watching Toy Story 3 with my kids has had a big impact on me!!

    I am sure it is going to taste great no matter how you cook it!!

  8. That is a nice looking zucchini. Have you eaten it yet? You can also slice it and eat it raw plain or with a dip.

    Sometimes I put a little olive oil in a pan, and add whatever veggies I have on hand, such as onions, zucchini, mushrooms, and chopped tomatoes. If I'm in the mood, I'll add a few eggs, and scramble them right in the veggies. Then, I'll sometimes add some grated cheese.


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