Intent to Deliver

As far as I know there is no scientific proof that a zucchini can grow overnight from finger size to what a Hermiston, Oregon, watermelon grower would consider part of a good crop. A few years ago I planted a short row (five or six plants as I remember) of zucchini seeds with the intent to deliver the nutritious summer squash to all my friends and neighbors.

Little did I know that just one short row of  zucchini plant of any variety can produce enough to feed a small village of people who don’t mix the prolific member of the cucurbita pepo family with other food such as pork, beef, chicken, etc., etc.  I found that (unscientifically verified by informal survey) only one in four people actually like the veggie.

The next year I grew only two plants. The quantity of product was nearly the same but the volume into compost was less. I began to believe that the plant has a built in characteristic of overproduction. That year I also found out that a large number of gardeners had the same intent to deliver as I had envisioned (also unscientifically verified by informal survey). A common comment was, “Joe (or some other name) gave me as much as I could use.” I thought that one could become manic in the effort to deliver free stuff before someone else did.

Zucchini was not part of my garden the year after that.  Well, some of the 25% I mentioned earlier actually asked when my crop would be ready. One person who had previously asked made another request for a football size Z so she could use it for a boat (not the kind one would use for going fishing but I guess if left on unsupervised one of the squash could grow to the size of a small canoe).

Two years ago (or perhaps three) I thoughtlessly planted the Z near my cucumbers. The cukes were great but I’d guess the bees were responsible for crosspollination. None of the Zs grew more than a few inches long and the flavor was nothing I had tasted before or since. I could not even attempt to deliver that year.

A year ago I had very good success with a plant labeled Hubbard on a plant clearance shelf. It was not what I expected because it actually was buttercup squash. It was delicious but I could not make the distribution volume of any variety of the Z plant.  Yes, I did grow Z too. The one plant gave me enough to meet my intent to deliver. However, I suspect that some take the offering of free Z because they don’t want t to hurt my feelings.

It was a slow start for my one Z plant this year. However, I did plant earlier than others who also claim to have the intent to deliver their excess Z. Yesterday I noticed that the bright orange/yellow blossoms had nearly doubled in size and there were more small blossoms on the plant. My routine check this morning revealed several wilting blossoms and one fingerling. I’m going to guess that if I don’t check every evening any fingerlings will become small whale size Z by the next morning. Maybe I should check in the evenings in case they also grow during the day.

My writing should be so prolific.

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