Today, after a beautiful and productive life spanning about two months, give or take a week or so, our lone surviving zucchini plant passed on. It survived its companion plant never having gotten past its seedling stage (thanks, neighborhood kids who play dodgeball in the alley and lose your ball in our yard!), but I suppose the smell last night of its little offspring being baked into a loaf of bread was just too much to handle.

Also, the cucumber beetles are out these days spreading the wilt with their little tainted mandibles.

Don't let the death of this plant be in vain. Protect your melon family plants! Spray the leaves with soapy water. Or, even better, cover them with lime and wood ash. And pick those little black-and-yeller buggers. And if your plants survive, give us your extra zucchinis. Thanks.


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