Myth Eight: It’s a Cornucopia of produce
Quite frankly there are always far too many Zucchini’s – and never enough watermelons. Yet they come from the same family. I want to know why? Living seasonally is a great concept, but what about the hungry months of spring when it’s old and hoary potatoes, limp carrots and mouldy cabbage?
Myth busted: living seasonally and out of the garden is difficult and your culinary skills are often challenged by the repetitive nature of your main ingredients.
You can always try giving it away. I’ll never forget offering a neighbour excess zucchini, he swore at me. I won’t repeat the exact words, but the nature of it was pretty much on the level of, ‘not on your nelly’ and he leapt a fence to safety. He makes himself very scarce around peak zucchini season every year.
I‘ve discovered that giving them away is a successful strategy in warding off less favoured neighbours. I have more strategies to deal with zucchini, planting less never seems to be one of them. Why do punnets of zucchini come in nothing less than 6? I find opening the back door and throwing them to the pigs works for a while, but after that they start looking at you funny and I worry about them pushing through a fence. Cooking zucchini up with a 50% ratio of something more interesting and putting it in a jar can reduce their numbers. My favourite one though is going out early in the morning and picking the female flowers , stuffing them full of fetta cheese and chilly and deep frying them in a light batter.
The truth is growing your own is managing the glut while craving mangoes and other delicacies that won’t survive a frost.
Tomorrow: Myth Nine - Everyone understands the need to get sustainable.