Some parts of the garden are growing double-time. In particular, the first three zucchini plants I planted. This photo was taken late last week. I had no idea the plants would get as large as they have, considering they're planted in planters, and not directly in the ground ... and they just keep getting larger! They are about waist high already, and just keep putting out more and more leaves. While they're growing all kinds of huge beautiful leaves, we're not getting as many zucchini as they're capable of. Partly, I think, because the huge canopy of leaves is hiding the blossoms, and the flowers are not getting pollinated. In fact, one of the plants has yet to provide any zucchini at all! So today, I decided to cut out some of the older leaves to allow a bit more light to get in, and let the bees see the flowers.
I was not expecting to find this! A monster of a zucchini, weighing in at just over 2.5 pounds. It was growing just behind that Echinacea plant, in the middle of the zucchini plant jungle. Apparently, this fella's flower got pollinated! But it's still not from the plant that hasn't produced any zucchini yet ... cross your fingers that my "thinning" of the plant does the trick.
Later, I'll share what I'm doing with this jumbo sized zucchini!
In the meantime, I'm going to go out and move the small zucchini starts (that are in the same type of planting container) a bit farther apart. I'll be more prepared for when they get to be JUMBO sized!