When first I had a garden
And I planted a zucchini,
The seedsmen said that it would grow –
Of that they’d guarantee me.
So, since I had a lot of room
I planted six or seven –
In hopes that I would shortly be
In high zucchini heaven.
You should have seen the way they grew –
So strong they were and healthy.
If summer squash were in demand,
They would have made me wealthy!
We ate zucchini many ways . . .
For breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
But even so it always seemed
Our harvest grew no thinner.
Zucchini bread, zucchini cake –
At first the prospect tickled.
We ate them fried. We ate them stuffed.
We even ate them pickled!
We sliced them. We pureed them.
We ate them raw in salads.
I lived with them so much
I even wrote zucchini ballads!
We gave them to our neighbors.
(Our supply, it seemed, was endless.)
But them our neighbors all rebelled –
We feared we’d soon be friendless!
Zucchini sticks for snacking and
Zucchini wrapped in pie crust . . .
Until at last I drew the line –
Zucchini flakes for breakfast??
So now I’ve learned my lesson.
From frustration it will free me.
You’ll never ever find me
Planting more than one zucchini!
– Andrew Daughters
Due to the recent outbreak of bacterial wilt that is running ramped through my cucurbits, I am down to one zucchini plant! However, due to the prolific fruit producing nature of this plant, I’m sure it won’t be long until I’m hiding zucchini in unlocked cars and the like!
Image copyright © 2009-2010 Danielle R Limoge.