Twelve days later the plants are sporting a few more leaves but are still small.
|May 21, the first Romanesco zucchini harvest.|
The plant is still fairly small that day, but the promise of more zucchini to come is quite evident. My harvest of Romanesco zucchini for May was 4 zucchini for a total of 1.1 pounds.
Here's another view of branches One and Two.
The flowers on the third branch are peeking through the foliage behind the Ortolano di Faenze plant. The plant was already very productive, I harvested 14.6 pounds of zucchini in June.
A month later I can barely squeeze by the plant and I'm having to direct the second stalk towards the edge of the bed.
Near the end of September the plants are growing out and down the side of the bed. The deer have figured out that they can nibble on the foliage that bumps up against the fence. They don't manage to nibble the actual zucchini. I placed a piece of hardware cloth between the fence and the plant to deter the deer. I can't squeeze past the plant without damaging it anymore. Production is slowing down in September though, the shorter days are slowing the growth of the plant and the formation of zucchinis. But the harvest is still a quite generous 16.6 pounds.
The plant is looking increasingly sorry now but it's still managing to produce a respectable crop. It's not like the nearly one-a-day-per-branch of July and August, more like one every 3 days per branch. The harvest total for October falls to 11.3 pounds.
This week I started (finally) my fall garden cleanup. I pulled out the Ortolano di Faenza zucchini which hadn't produced a decent zucchini in a few weeks and I started trimming the leaves from the Romanesco zucchini. I didn't have the heart to yank out the Romanesco plant though because it is still producing. This is the healthiest of the branches, probably because it gets the most sun now.
But the other branches are still producing new zucchinis as well in spite of the quickly advancing powdery mildew. Look at the PM on the leaf stalks. It looks so strange in contrast to the vibrant green of the zucchinis.
Poor old valiant QuadraZuke, it's looking a little naked now.
Today's harvest has pushed the official tally from this plant up to 98.5 pounds for the year.
I think I should give it a chance to hit the 100 pound mark. What do you think?
I've mentioned this before, this is an F1 variety and if you are interested in growing it you can get the seeds from Renee's Garden Seeds.
Oh, did I forget to mention that this zucchini is not only easy to grow, but it's delicious too. Here's links to some zucchini recipes that I enjoy:
From my recipe blog. Including Zucchini Hummus, Zucchini Gazpacho, Zucchini Tart, and more.
But wait, there's more, only I don't have links for them yet, sorry...
Stuffed zucchini blossoms
Puree of Zucchini
Chocolate Zucchini Cake