Personally this has been a horrible week for me. I have got some sort of throat infection and I have been sick since Saturday. My throat is so raw and I am so congested. I have not been to work all week and I have barely been keeping everything watered and picked in the garden.
I have been picking zucchini every single day. I am amazed at how much production I have gotten from 3 plants. This variety is called Elite Hybrid and it is a huge producer. I have couple of plants that engulf an entire 4x8 bed and have harvested 22+ pounds of zukes.
Now lets compare that to my Dixie Hybrid squash. I have planted 8 plants and only harvested a measley 3.5 pounds. The zukes have produced 700% more with 50% less plants. I decided to plant some squash in one of my 4x4 beds that has the same good soil as my zucchini bed. I am trying to see if the soil is the reason my squash isn't producing. I also planted more zucchini in the area that my existing squash is. This should be a good test to see what role the soil / location plays in production.
On a separate note, my attempt at eggplant and jalapeno peppers has been a complete bust. I planted a 4x4 bed of each and had nothing germinate. I don't know if I planted the seeds too deep or if it was too hot for them to germinate, but I planted squash and pink eye purple hulls in their place. I might try growing some eggplant and peppers in containers in a few weeks. Here are a few pics of the latest zukes.
Elite Hybrid Zucchini
Look at how huge this plant is, that is a 4X8 bed
Look at branching system on that one plant
Here are the eight tiny squash plants by comparison