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Wow what a whopper!!

I have been letting some of our courgettes (zucchini) grow into marrows to cut up for food for the chooks.  Today Neil picked this one which weighed 7lb 12 ozs, that’s as much as an average baby!!

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I chop it up and then stew it up for a short while to soften it.  Our chooks are well spoilt!

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There are a couple more really large ones growing on the plants which I have left to grow into marrows.  The others I either pick really small and we eat raw in salads, or normal size to cook up for ourselves.  These plants really do keep on giving!!

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French beans outwit the deer

This year, as well as runner bean I planted a dedicated line of climbing French beans alongside bean poles.   Unfortunately some deer got in and munched all the emerging shoots of the beans and stopped them from climbing up the bean poles.  But Mother Nature is so clever!  What did the French beans do?  They produced all their beans really low down on the bit of plant that was still alive.

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And some of the beans are really long, about 7 or 8 inches, much longer than you see in the supermarkets.

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I think its pretty clever that all the bean pods have grown at the bottom!  I thought our crop had been ruined, but not so!!

Also today I picked the first of our runner beans.  They were similarly munched by the deer but managed to put out other shoots and still climb up the bean poles.

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Our sweetcorn are coming on nicely too.  I think it is all the lovely sunshine we have been having lately

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I have also been picking the courgettes (zucchini) and let one or two of them grow really large into marrows to cut up for the chickens.  It’s going to be a bumper year for all our crops this year.

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What to do with all these courgettes

This year we have had a bumper crop of courgettes (zucchinis).  I bought 4 plants as my seeds didn’t look like they were coming up, and then of course, much later a few sprang into life and I had 3 more plants.  Seven courgette  plants for 2 people is way too many, so I have been giving them away and we have been eating loads.

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I have left a couple on the plant to grow into marrows and these I chop up, cook and feed to the chickens, they seem to enjoy them.  I left one on quite a long time and it was enormous.

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When I picked it I could  hardly believe how heavy it was, so I thought I would weigh it.  It was 9lbs 11 1/2 ounces!!

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We have yellow courgettes as well as green ones, and I have found they don’t last as long in the fridge so I have to use them straight away.  Small yellow ones are lovely cut up raw in salads.  But for the rest of the courgettes I have been making courgette and tomato bake.

In an oven proof dish slice courgettes and alternate with sliced tomato.

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Sprinkle with a little olive oil and place into a hot over 200 degrees C for 25 minutes.  After 25 minutes take out and sprinkle grated parmesan cheese over the top and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes.

The resulting bake is delicious.

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Of course there are courgette fritters to make and a courgette cake (bit like a carrot cake only with courgettes) and many other things to do with courgettes.  I don’t mind having a glut of them, I do like to eat seasonally and fresh.

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