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    Senior Member herbgeek's Avatar
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    I'm just finishing up the last of the zucchini into a "zapple" filling (from the Zucchini cookbook). I cook peeled and diced zucchini with a bit of lemon juice for like 10 minutes, add brown sugar and apple pie spices and cook a couple of minutes more. Most people believe that its cooked apples. I have a cake with these cooked pieces currently in the oven, and froze the rest. I've used this in making bar cookies with this filling in the middle.

    I've used zucchini in all kinds of savory ways this summer, and I'm actually kinda tired of it. So a sweet use is novel, and will go well with fall meals.

    This year's bounty was incredible, all due to the knee high fence hubby put up late last year after getting tired of me whining how the rabbits and chipmunks were eating everything. Lots of pickles, jams, roasted tomato sauce, salsa, pickled jalapenos and herb butters and purees.

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    Glad to know that the fencing works, both electric and low. The ground cherries look interesting. I don't suppose they ever get into the grocery store. We've had great peaches from the local orchard and are now beginning apples. The corn from the orchard has been magnificent as well.

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    herbgeek..........did the fencing keep out the chipmunks? They actually live underground in my garden, so fencing doesn't work. Maybe when the garden is done this year, they'll move........but I doubt it. I bought a solar motion-detector owl that puts out a weird sound, but I don't think it works consistently.

    Yeah.....nothing like a good fence to keep out rabbits. they used to jump over our 3' high chicken wire fence. But a number of years ago, we put up a 4' utility wire fence with 2' chicken wire at the bottom of that, and haven't had a single rabbit. since. Now that the electric wire keeps out the coons, and the utility wire fence keeps out the rabbits, those waskely chipmunks have taken over. They sure are cute though...........

    Gardnr.........I guess they breed mostly low-acid tomatoes now, but that apple cider vinegar should bring the acid up, for sure.
    Have you ever taken a look at the Harvest forum on the Gardenweb forum, in Houzz? It's very good.

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    Another 11quarts of ratatouille comin' right up! It's a LOT of work after 9h at the paid employment location...but I am NOT letting this produce go to waste! I remember how poor my production was last year. I am so ready to drop into bed.

    Game on!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh and yesterday, I took 10 pounds of tomatoes and 8 huge cucumbers to a family gathering and came home with none of it!

    4 large squash to work to share. We grilled zucchini and eggplant to go with grilled fish for dinner tonight.

    Oh yum....fresh garden fare!

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    I had my first butternut squash last night.

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