zucchini on the plant

Update – Epic Battles Zucchini vs. Tomatoes

The tomatoes won the battle of zucchini vs. tomatoes this year. I decided to rip out the zucchini and save the tomatoes about two and a half weeks ago.

Judging by the size of the zucchini plant on the side of the house in, and considering how big it is to how many zucchini I have actually gotten from the plant  (that would be one!), I am glad I did it. I started having nightmares of being overrun with zucchini to the point that I imagined my frantic self baking a million loaves of chocolate chip zucchini bread for favors for my brother-in-law’s wedding in the Fall. And since baking (well) isn’t my scene, that’d be bad for all involved. Ironically, we’re now halfway through the summer and I only have ONE zucchini to show for it. Hahaha. Figures.

My tomatoes are doing well, and since they are a fan favorite in this house, it was the way to go. I am really the only one that eats zucchini, so three plants had the potential to be overkill. That is, if they ever pollinated and produced!

Here’s the lonely star of the zucchini show so far.

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Epic battles: Tomatoes vs. Zucchini

All right.

So this picture gallery demonstrates what happens when you give a city girl a garden.

It seems that I have, in essence, created a battle for life between the zucchini and the tomatoes. I knew zucchini were “easy to grow”. But I had no idea they were giant plants. Guess I shoulda Googled that one before planting. Geez louise! Ironically, I did read that zucchini and tomato plants play nice together. Guess I didn’t pay attention to the pictures that accompanied the article.

So they may be ok to plant together, but clearly, they are competitive and trying to overtake one another. The tomato plant is actually pushing itself up THROUGH the zucchini to get some sun time. The good news (?) is that the tomatoes are along the front of the bed and seem mostly fine. But I am only guessing that this zucchini plant is going to get even bigger as the summer goes on, leaving me to believe that this is shaping up to be an epic fail on my part. Oof!

Now the question is – do I try to transplant the tomatoes to give them more space and let the zucchini have their own bed?  Or do I keep the tomatoes and yank out the zucchini since I have another plant along the back of the house (I don’t actually see any fruit on the zucchini yet. The tomatoes have fruit.)? Anyone? Anyone?

Two weeks into summer and we’re having fun rookie veggie garden times out here in Oregon this year. Haha.

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2013 garden - tomatoes

2013 Garden

Our veggie garden is in. We mixed things up this year – introducing a few new things, not doing a few things we did last year, and are trying some container gardens and ground plantings to see how they take.

This year, we’ll have:

  • Strawberries – in beds
  • Lettuce – in beds. Did these from seeds – not sure these will take!
  • Tomatoes – in beds and containers
  • Bell peppers – in the ground
  • Cucumbers (new!) – in beds
  • Zucchini (new!) – in beds and in the ground
  • Jack Be Little pumpkins – container
  • Chives
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Thyme

Last year, we did broccoli and onions. This year we swapped in the cucumbers and zucchini.

In addition to the stuff we planted, we have these fruit plants that the folks who lived here before us put in:

  • Blueberries – in the ground (they haven’t really taken off yet and it’s blueberry season, so maybe we’ll have some next year – haha.)
  • Figs – tree
  • Apples – trees
  • Grapes – vines


My favorite part about the veggie garden this year is that I get to use the cute little plant markers my brother and sister-in-law got me for Christmas!

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