a. growing summer squash at home


Summer squashes / zucchinis are easy to grow and they do well in the desert summer heat as long as they are watered generously. They are abundant producers, a few plants were more than we could handle with only two for dinner.

I have not bothered with winter squashes. They grow more like melons, vining along the ground instead of growing bushy like the zucchinis.



Pic2: 2017-05-07 — zucchini seedlings in pots
Pic3: 2017-05-26 — planted
Pic4: 2017-07-06 — summer squashes are large plants


Pic5: 2013-07-16 — large squash plant
Pic6: squash flower with pollinator flies
Pic7: a growing zucchini


Pic8: yellow straightneck zucchini, Japanese eggplant
Pic9: 'black beauty' green zucchini
Pi10: squash bugs on a grey zucchini


b. zucchinis in the kitchen

Most of my zucchini harvest ends up in soups or stews. My favorite is the grey aka Mexican zucchini, but I like the yellow and green ones too. 


It is possible to eat young zucchini squash raw, but I have never tried it.



This is what you need for 2 servings:

  • 2-4 small zucchinis
    or 1 large one
Pic1: 2017-07-20 — summer harvest


Follow the links to these recipes for more details:

  1. cream of zucchini soup
  2. zucchini soup with paprika
  3. zucchini soup with sausages
  4. purple pig soup
  5. beef tongue soup x3
  6. tomato soup with zucchinis
  7. colorful vegetable soup with seafood
  8. tomato soup with mixed vegetables
  9. stuffed cucumber & zucchini soup with carrots
  10. Italian sausage with zucchinis and coleslaw mix
  11. beef stew with eggplant and zucchinis
  12. soup chicken with zucchinis
  13. rabbit with zucchinis
  14. stuffed cucumber & zucchini soup with carrots
  15. fish sticks with zucchinis
  16. dill salmon (Atlantic) with zucchinis
  17. sockeye salmon with zucchinis
  18. zucchinis with onion confiture

c. winter squash in the kitchen

I've never grown winter squash in my garden, but I occasionally do buy one in the store. I've cooked acorn,  butternut and spaghetti squash, and of course pumpkins too. Most of them end up as soup, a very few as side dish. I don't bother with pumpkin pie.

Follow the links to these recipes for more details:

  1. cream of pumpkin soup
  2. baked pumpkin soup with curry
  3. pumpkin meal soup
  4. pumpkin soup with tomatoes & gorgonzola
  5. cream of butternut squash soup
  6. cream of spaghetti squash soup
  7. acorn squash creampudding