Land of giants

Last Update: June 16, 2019

Hello everybody, I hope this makes you smile

We, in Europe, all know that in America everything is bigger.

Michael emigrated from the U.S. to Spain in 2016.

He insisted on taking over the organic vegetable garden.

Now, look at what has happened.....

Calabacin


Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske

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p.s. This monster is a Zucchini.

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keishalina9 Premium
*** totally awesome, awesome! ... yummy, sauteed zucchini sticks in butter with some sweet onions! ... that's a gigantico veggie! ...

wow! ... amazing the plant kingdom! ... having been a Master Gardener for some years and still at it occasionally --- very impressive ... what we know or think we know -- there are over 50 million genera (or families) in the plant kingdom -- in fact, we (humans) know very little about the inter-relationships of nature and of how creation thrives ... perhaps best to simply enjoy it all! ... the beauty of it all, that is! ....

thanks so much for sharing your zucchini -- you must have a huge garden! ... cheerio ... :)
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Keisha,

Thank you for stopping by.
Do you know something? You should pop in and help us eat it as many more are growing and also BIG.

You are right, we should enjoy nature instead of destroying it.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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keishalina9 Premium
... for sure! ... lovely chat, share & visit in the cards ... need a travel plan, itinerary ...

when humans can learn to live the 'co-operative' model fully, then, maybe we can get somewhere ... nature is to be cherished and nurtured and she returns 100-fold in kind ... we (humans) are only stewards of this magnificent Earth ... yes, caretakers, truly! ... and are we fulfilling this job? ... some are, most aren't ...

well, we can only do our wee bit to make our own centers a lil' bit better and have good things radiate outward from within ... just like a lil' pebble dropped into the water and creates seemingly never-ending rings .... loved doing this as a kid --- still very much a kid at heart ! ... :)
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LindaF Premium
Hi there my friend, boy what a whooper. I haven't gardened for a couple of years and still have canning that I am going though.At one point we had 500 tomato plants and that was back in 2015 and still am going though all the salsa that I but up. Tomato past, spaghetti souse. but my favourite is salsa. Zucchini and cucumbers. went into relish. My canning has been a blessing it has kept us going.

So there is another thing we have in common. But this is the biggest Zucchini I have ever seen . I know I had some pretty big ones but not the giant you have there.

I was going to do some gardening this year had permission from the landlords but the water bill has stopped me.

Higs Linda
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Linda,

You know I live in a rather warm, sometimes hot climate. At least 6 months a year one needs to water the garden, by hand. The orange trees are on a drip system.
As nature is intelligent I have trained my garden on only every second week, flower pots get once a week. They know it and are ok with that. As it is big here one would have only time for watering, but luckily this systems works.
In the winter, if it does not rain at least once a month one has to help with a watering round.
Dear me, 500 tomato plants? that was like a forest. I also like to make my own sauce which I freeze

Higs from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Mick18 Premium
Wow! That is one huge zucchini!
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Mickey,

Some more are growing also quite big, probably have to start giving them to friends.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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DaisyK78 Premium
Go Michael! That is huge!
🙏 Daisy
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Daisy,

My American boy is doing a great job, ain't he?

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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DaisyK78 Premium
He sure is Taetske
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fyre Premium
WOoT! that's a stunnah!

In situations like this where I have too much for the 'right now' and, I can't give away the surplus fast enough or, trade for something else with my neighbors--- my vacuum sealer is my best friend!

Like you as well, I make my own sauces & pestos.

Because of life happening I was not able to have a garden for the past 4 years. I'm so over the moon happy this year to finally have my garden again.

I giggled and felt for Micheal when you said in a comment that he came from Idaho. I gardened in Pa in my youth then in San Diego for 16 years which was challenging. You have to build the soil meticulously--it's the desert essentially so it wasn't like Pa, where often you could just turn the rich soil, fertilize a bit and, be good to go.

Now, in Southern Oregon I am blessed with the gift of soil from my friends' successful farms and, all that is needed from me is some time, love & water :)
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MKearns Premium
I derive you are using a community garden in the Medford area Fyre. From Harry and David onward, you can't go wrong in the Rogue Basin!
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fyre Premium
Hey Michael!,

Actually, just yard share with my neighbors like I did in San Diego all "Wilson" style from Home Improvement show.

"Hey Leslie!" *fyre holds up bag of radishes over the fence*

Haha! We do have great community gardens here for sure. In Talent, where I am near Meddy we have a 'Buy Nothing' group too.

I propagate tons of herbs & different plants and often give them away for free but, it's always nice when you can trade for something you weren't able to grow that year!
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MKearns Premium
It's like that all over the country Fyre. In the Amish and Mennonite community where I live in Southern maryland, we have informal trade and farmers markets galore!
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Fyre,

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.
At home in Holland especially my Father was the garden maker and keeper. I think I inherited his love for nature, probably due to both being Taurus.
I live on my organic farm since 1981 and it has been quite an adventure starting with a ruin and not much knowledge.

What we do not put on the orange field to be plowed in or needs to be burned comes on the huge compost pile. When I need good soil like when I change it for my flower pots and cactus collection I only need to dig a tunnel at the bottom to get super soil which does need to be sifted.

The orange field has a drip system but the rest of the garden, which is big is hand water twice a month, flower pots get once a week. The garden is used to that and has grown deep roots.

I would be very unhappy without contact with Mother Nature.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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lynnsam61 Premium
We had a monster zucchini just like yours last summer along with some monster eggplants. Everything was supersized as we're known to like things here in the US. I prefer smaller and often tastier too!
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Erica,

I am getting a bit worried as there are more big ones in the vegetable garden. It is too much and I also prefer smaller as we are only 2 people.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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lynnsam61 Premium
That’s the fun of having a garden. You never know what you’ll get. I’m more focused on herbs this year and am very please with my basil, Italian oregano, thyme and dill. And my tomato plant is also showing lots of promise!
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laparra1 Premium
If the tomatoe harvest is abundant I prefer to make my own sauce.
10kg tomatoe, some big onions, lots of garlic, cloves, peppercorns, couple of bay leaves, and olive oil. Cook till thick, pepper and salt, fill in small containers for deep freezer. Tastes way better than store bought which I do not do anymore.

All the best, Taetske
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lynnsam61 Premium
I agree that fresh is always so much better. I had such a great crop last year so I'm hoping for a repeat performance. Your sauce sounds delicious and I always go heavy on garlic too.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Erica,

When Michael and I both eat garlic we both stink and all is ok. When I do my 9 days fasting cure it is not funny anymore as he definitely stinks.
On Pinterest, I learned a trick for when you have a big onion harvest. You hang them in your pantyhose/nylons. This we did and had them hanging in the garage. It was quite a sight as there were 8, each with 10 big onions. We only lost about 10% with this system and they lasted nearly 1 year until the next harvest.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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FKelso Premium
Nice one. I see a whole ovenful of zucchini bread. We get monster ones here in Alaska too, perhaps because we get sunlight so much of the day.
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Nubian4mitch Premium
Sounds absolutely delicious!
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Fran,

Nice to see you. We just now had dinner and Michael put some zucchini on the grill, not bad but can be improved on. As we have no shortage in supply our fantasy can run wild with unusual recipes. I think they like the 30 C we are having here.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Nubian4mitch Premium
WOW 😋
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laparra1 Premium
Did you send me something? I only see a small square, sorry, must be my add blocker.

Taetske
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Nubian4mitch Premium
No...it may have been a mistake
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laparra1 Premium
Do not worry, I often press the wrong button.

Taetske
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firstlearn Premium
Last time I had a big one like that we made courgette (zucchini) soup

Derek
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Derek,

When I have guests in the summer I like to make a cold zucchini soup.
Zucchini, potato, onion, garlic, chicken broth if I have it. I cook it till it is soft. Then use the Mini Stick to make a puree, salt, pepper, some curry, and cream. Serve cold, tastes really good.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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bryanb007 Premium
WHaaat, He has to have American Green fingers, Gigantic
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Bryan,

It was not easy for Michael in the beginning. He used to live in Idaho, another climate, soil, and different planting months and system. The first year was not good, the second better and now this. Thanks for stopping by.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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SaraPoyner Premium
WOW now that's a whopper hahaha. I remember last year a friend (who knew I was vegetarian) said I've got a courgette (Zucchini) for you that I've grown. I was grateful until he arrived with one not much smaller than your! it was hilarious. Courgette dinner for a month!
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Sara,

The problem is that the one on the photo is not the only one. There are at least 4 more quite similar in size. Thanks for stopping by.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Nubian4mitch Premium
Lol....
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Leslie,

Happy you liked this little fun.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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lesabre Premium
Now that is what I call green thumb gardening. A big "Wow"
Michael
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Michael,

There you see, my Michael is becoming quite famous in WA.
Thanks for stopping by, all the best.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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ZamekaM Premium
Marvelous,
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Zameka,

Thank you for stopping by. It is indeed marvelous to be able to grow your own stuff.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Nkaujzeb Premium
I am not surprised because a year and a half ago we visited my mom's sister-in-law's farm in the south of France and she grew some huge zucchinis. She said that huge ones like that are only good for private use because the buyers think they are too old.

But we made some great salads and soup with them. Yumm...

I still struggle to grow some here where I live. I'm not giving up though. :)
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Kelyee,

Thank you for your comment.

If there is too much in the vegetable garden I will give it to friends.
I do sell my oranges also to friends. The season goes from December to including June. They are happy as the oranges are organic so you can use the peel when making marmalade.
I also like to make a cold zucchini soup, and yes, it is yummy.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Devara Premium
Wow!! That's HUGE!
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Devara,

Yes, huge indeed. I thought it was fun to post the picture. All the best.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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skmorrow Premium
That looks amazing and I am sure very tasty.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Steve,

I do not know about the taste yet. What sometimes happens with this type of vegetable growing so big it is hollow inside. We will see.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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APachowko1 Premium
In fact marrows are an insipid vegetable and can be seen as bland. The best thing to do is cut it in half, stuff them and then bake it.
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NicholaJames Premium
Hi Taetske,

Very impressive zucchini! Which dish are you going to make with it? Awesome!

Much success to you!

Kind regards,
Nichola
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Nichola,

Thank you for stopping by. As I said to Debs I probably will make a big vegetable mix to then freeze portions. All the best.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Wdcope Premium
Actually, I think they brag about everything bigger in Texas! Ha Ha!
With the right soil, most vegetables can grow to great sizes, yet size does not always make the proper taste.
Commendable he is growing organic and the soil must be very well cultivated and good in the South of Spain.
Happy harvesting.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon William,

All organic from the kitchen is saved in a big pot with a lid which stands outside the kitchen, it does not smell very good. Once a week Michael digs it into the vegetable garden, it helps the soil a lot. I have been doing this system since I moved here in 1981. I have been organic since that time after I made my own awful experience with Roundup.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Shellback Premium
Hello Taestke,

That is an impressive zucchini indeed. Plenty to share with others....rather like here, don't you think?
Where there is an abundance of knowledge to offer for the good of the community.
Regards,
Billy
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Billy,

Thank you for stopping by. This was just a little joke for in between you know as we cannot be serious all the time.

The sharing aspect in WA is really nice and makes it very human.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Shellback Premium
True enough....
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AlanJE Premium
Very impressive, Taetske, does Michael talk to his plants? Cheers Alan
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Alan,

I think he is developing his green thumb or something like it.
I am happy not to have that responsibility anymore. After so many years it is nice to do other things, like 2 websites.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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APachowko1 Premium
Hi I find growing giant veg very interesting. That is a giant courgette or more proper it is a small marrow (they would call it a tiddler)
If you see some of the giants the grow here in the UK where the biggest and world record is 93.7kg and over a metre long ( grown in the Netherlands).
Long way to go to be a giant.
It is a whopper, too much for a family to eat.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Antonio,

Thank you for your comment. Michael did not pretend to grow such big vegetables, it just happened. Luckily our happy chickens eat about anything so they for sure will get a bite.
Yes, Holland, a small country but some big things.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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prov3v9 Premium
That thing is huge! I thought it was an elephants trunk.
Congratulations!
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Jean-yves,

Thank you for stopping by. No elephants in Spain but in old times there were dinosaurs.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Debs66 Premium
Hi, Taestke,
Looks like your organic garden is growing brilliantly. What is Michaels secret...:)
What awesome recipes are you going to make with the Calabacin. I miss Spanish Cuisine.
Debs :)
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Debs,

Well, or I invite the whole neighborhood or I make a huge pot with lots of garlic, onion, eggplant, some tomatoes, and freeze portions.
For 2 people that thing is way too big. We did have a good laugh when Michael showed it to me. Secret? own water, sunshine and lots of loving care.

Have a great Sunday, Taetske
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Debs66 Premium
That's awesome. I bet you did have a good laugh lol :)
Have a great Sunday too. :)
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