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Years in the past, in a former home and a former backyard, I grew a solitary summer season squash—or yellow squash, relying on the place you see it. It produced quantity of fruit however I could not deal with something. Final 12 months, I additionally planted a single plant, this time in an outdated “lick trough” we dug out of the barn. Though we bought a good quantity of fruit, it was small and it took just a few to be value placing within the meal.

So, this 12 months I made a decision to plant just a few within the floor after increasing our backyard area. Just one row. I believed perhaps two or three would come alongside and flourish.

And at first, that is what it seemed like – three vegetation of various sizes lined up in a neat row. However over time, I observed that the three become 5. I knew that summer season squash and zucchini had been recognized to overproduce, and I used to be just a little involved. However I figured if I pulled a plant or two, I would remorse it if pests or climate got here into the image.

A messy row of squash plants.

Jenny Schlicht solely needed just a few pumpkin vegetation, however they exploded right into a chaotic assortment of vegetation within the 2023 backyard.
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Then, because the flowers began to look, the squash vegetation appeared to broaden or soar or one thing, to the place they had been now not in neat rows however as a substitute took up a big area subsequent to the candy corn.

As July progresses, I swear I can stand within the backyard and watch the little pumpkin vegetation bloom the place the flowers had simply been. I am not exaggerating after I say that there have been days whenever you’ve seen tiny pumpkins after which gone outdoors to seek out they’ve grown big inside thorny vines the subsequent day.

I wish to sauté squash or zucchini with onions, peppers and garlic, with just a little lemon juice or Italian dressing and perhaps including tomatoes – no recipe, simply no matter I’ve readily available. I would add some sort of meat and make it my full meal or depart it alone as a aspect dish. However there are solely so many instances I can eat the identical factor. Moreover, neither my husband nor my youngest daughter enjoys this combination, and it turns into an excessive amount of for us to eat.

So I put some in a fast fryer. I shred them and add them to meat dishes to sneak in some additional veggies. I’ve frozen some, both by rigorously blanching the slices or by throwing an additional batch of grated squash right into a freezer bag. I made a yellow squash cake. I baked and fried them and spent nearly as a lot time researching new recipes and concepts to verify I did not waste something as I spent within the backyard.

Sauteed summer squash with peppers, onions, garlic and bacon.

The considerable summer season squash in Jenny Schlecht’s backyard had been utilized in a wide range of meals, together with her favourite, fried squash with no matter else was round. On this case, it was squash, bananas, peppers, contemporary tomatoes, onions, garlic and bacon.
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I did not deliberately depart any pumpkins on the doorstep, however I feel in the event that they maintain producing, I may need sufficient to make a visit to the meals shelf and provides to a Starvation-Free Backyard mission.

Our first crop of radishes had been so scrumptious, we will likely be replanting them quickly. The tomatoes I grew this 12 months had been decisively mediocre, as had been the inexperienced beans. Peppers are plentiful, and potatoes have nice potential. We have not purchased lettuce in a month or so, and I feel the carrots will carry me via the autumn as soon as they end rising. Three out of each 4 heads of cabbage handle to keep away from the wrath of bugs. Candy corn seemed promising, however raccoons appear to be having their manner with it, even earlier than the ears are anyplace prepared.

However, oh, squash—that is what has crammed my tabletop, my meals, and my ideas this summer season. You may, in truth, get an excessive amount of of factor.

Jenny Schlicht is Agweek’s editor. She lives on a farm and ranch in Medina, North Dakota, along with her husband and two daughters. She may be reached at or 701-595-0425.

Jenny Schlicht

Opinion by Jenny Schlicht

Jenny Schlicht is Agweek’s content material director and serves as editor of Agweek, Sugarbeet Grower, and BeanGrower magazines. She lives on a farm and ranch close to Medina, North Dakota, along with her husband and two daughters. You may attain her at or 701-595-0425.

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