|Some of the bounty from our mini garden - we grow our zucchini BIG around here.
|The girls love tending our little garden.
So the other night I was perusing Pinterest when I stopped dead in my tracks. Here was a revolutionary way to grow zucchini (and other summer squashes) in a smaller space. In a 2x2 space! What? I was so excited. Check it out.
|Picture by Jeff from the blog "Our Engineered Garden"
By simply using an inverted (aka upside-down) tomato cage, you can train your zucchini leaves to grow straight up! This leaves the bottom of the plant (where the zucchini's grow) open and makes it easy to see the fruit growing. I can't tell you how many times we've pulled back a giant Jurassic sized zucchini leaf and found a gargantuan baseball bat sized tuber!
|This was our first giant surprise zucchini the first year of our garden. We were SHOCKED.
|Picture by Jeff at "Our Engineered Garden"
UPDATE 2014!: We tried this little technique last year and it worked perfectly. The leaves grew up and it was so much easier to see the zucchini along the bottom, before they became giant bat-sized monstrosities. We have already set up our upside-down tomato cages for this years' plants. Hooray for an experiment that really worked great!