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Vegetable Gardening: Saving zucchini seeds?

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tucsonjill
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5a)

October 11, 2009
11:41 PM

Post #7159054

I have an old packet of cocozelle zucchini seeds that I've been planting from for the last several years. We really like the flavor and it seems to do pretty well for me. I'm about out of the seeds, and they're getting old anyway, so I thought I would try to save some from this year's crop. None of my other curcurbits made it this year, so the good news is I know there's no danger of cross-pollination and my seeds should come true to type.

Can anyone give me any pointers on seed saving for these guys? Do I need to let them get really big and old, or can I save the seeds from the eatin' size zukes?

Thanks!

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Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


October 12, 2009
12:18 AM

Post #7159201

Let them fully mature and change color, split , remove seeds, clean, dry and store.
tucsonjill
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5a)

October 12, 2009
12:42 AM

Post #7159298

Thanks, Farmerdill! Sounds like I can manage that. Will they split on their own, or do I pick them and use a knife once they've changed color--I assume they get yellow?
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


October 12, 2009
12:45 AM

Post #7159309

Treat them just like a pumpkin/winter squash. Cut open the ripe ones , and scrape out the seeds. As long the seeds are fully grown, they will be fine.
tucsonjill
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5a)

October 12, 2009
1:08 AM

Post #7159372

Okay--thanks!
patgeorge
Nurmo
Finland
(Zone 4b)

October 13, 2009
6:15 PM

Post #7165223

Zucchinis in England we call courgettes. They are actually babies. When fully grown and ripening we call them marrows. Ater you've scraped out the seeds you can stuff and roast the marrows; cut out the flesh and steam it; or make marrow and ginger jam.

Pat
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2009
2:33 PM

Post #7193309

I was wondering how to save these seeds! Thanks!
twiggybuds
Moss Point, MS
(Zone 8b)

October 21, 2009
7:03 PM

Post #7194214

Just let one get fully mature and start turning yellow. Then just clean out the seeds and dry them. When they're overgrown and old like that the seeds come out fairly clean.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2009
7:54 PM

Post #7194374

Thanks again!
tucsonjill
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2009
8:47 PM

Post #7194531

Of course, the hard part is not eating them as soon as they're there! That plant is about the only thing that's had halfway decent production for me since last winter, and I'm just craving fresh homegrown veggies.

Will do my best to let ONE go ... wish me luck! :)
LAS14
Albany, ME
(Zone 4b)

October 23, 2009
3:35 PM

Post #7200388

Often my zucchini self seed, but they have never come true. I get sort of gourd like things. How does one know which seeds are worth replanting?

tia
las
twiggybuds
Moss Point, MS
(Zone 8b)

October 23, 2009
3:55 PM

Post #7200445

You are probably starting with hybrid seeds which are not reliable to come back true. You have to save seeds from stable open pollinated varieties for predictable results. Even they can cross with another type if you grow 2 or more compatible ones at the same time. Since they depend on insects for pollination, it's best to separate the different ones by a good amount of distance.

BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 26, 2009
2:51 AM

Post #7208647

If you want to avoid the open pollination, you cant just do it by distance. Bugs travel miles!

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patgeorge
Nurmo
Finland
(Zone 4b)

October 26, 2009
6:26 PM

Post #7210506

If you cover your plants to avoid insect pollination you'll have to hand pollinate. As the flowers are so large it's very easy.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2010
7:55 PM

Post #7853789

my zukes so far, bumped up to #1500 cans

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catmad
Pelzer, SC
(Zone 7b)

June 3, 2010
8:14 AM

Post #7854862

patgeorge, THANK YOU!!
A new use for the baseball bat sized zucchinis. Eventually people seem to tire of zucchini bread, cake, muffins, etc.
Tucsonjill, I always have a few that get "lost", no matter how diligent I am in hunting. Now that I grow in hay bales, they crawl down between (or inside) the bales and hide. I'm sure that the shaking I see occasionally is the huge zucchini giggling and getting ready to ambush me...and forget it if I go away for a day or two, and asl my SO to pick them ALL. They are invisible to him...

If you want to save seeds, catch a female blossom before it opens, when it does, pollinate it, and bag it immediately. I use little "lunch" bags. Once the squash begins to develop, mark it, them follow Farmerdill's (always spot on) advice:)
Weedwhacker
Bark River (UP), MI
(Zone 4b)

June 3, 2010
10:36 AM

Post #7855284

Patgeorge, what do you stuff the marrows with?
patgeorge
Nurmo
Finland
(Zone 4b)

June 4, 2010
10:51 AM

Post #7858566

It tends to depend on what we have available; but usually minced beef and/or pork sausage meat with onions, tomatoes, whatever seasoning takes your fancy. Slice the marrow length wise down the middle, scoop out the seeds, pile in the stuffing, put the two halves together, and a bit of string (not plastic!!) round them. Put in a roasting tin with some oil/fat in the bottom. Put in a oven at about 180 Celsius for an hour. Baste a couple of times during cooking. I can't pretend it's a gourmet dish; but it's a way of using up over grown marrows.

We also make marrow and ginger jam. Use 2 lb of peeled marrow with 1 1/2 lb sugar, 10 fl oz pectin extract, 1/2 oz root ginger (crushed in a muslin bag) and 1/2 tsp of citric acid powder.

For marrow chutney, use 3lb peeled and diced marrow, 1/2 lb shallots, 1/2 lb green apples, a dozen peppercorns, 1/2 oz crushed root ginger, 1/2 lb sultanas, 4 oz sugar and 1 1/2 English pints ( an English pint is 20 fl oz) vinegar. Put the diced marrow in a basin with a sprinkling of salt to extract some of the water, leave overnight and drain. Peel and chop the apples and shallots finely. Tie the spices in a muslin bag. Put everything in a saucepan, and simmer gently for about a couple of hours. You can use other spices if you like.
Weedwhacker
Bark River (UP), MI
(Zone 4b)

June 4, 2010
2:02 PM

Post #7859085

Thanks for sharing, those all sound quite interesting and worth a try!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 13, 2010
9:03 AM

Post #7964977

newborn zuke!


I took those big cans I had above and just sunk them in the ground. Hope the plants start "crawling" but there are babies near the base of the clumps so, Im happy!

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greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

July 16, 2010
5:09 AM

Post #7972214

We like to stuff our canoe-sized zucchinis with lamb, bread crumbs, chopped zucchini and some chopped eggplant, tomatoes, onion and garlic, and top it with a slice of cheese, or mix grated cheese throughout. You can add mint or tarragon or oregano or herbes de provence or whatever spices you like. As Patgeorge said, it depends what veggies you've got handy. You can also do a vegetarian version, just leaving out the meat. I serve one half one night and freeze the other half for an easy dinner when I'm busy or it's too hot to cook.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 19, 2010
8:35 AM

Post #7980426

Ya put the hole sheep in that canoe ya do doya!?!?!? LOL!

Sounds yummy!

We like ours breaded and fried or lightly boiled so they are not mushy soggys.

Just fertilized this puppy with chickie poo tea...hope I dint burn it.

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Weedwhacker
Bark River (UP), MI
(Zone 4b)

July 21, 2010
8:57 PM

Post #7987325

LOL -- picturing a zucchini stuffed with a whole lamb...

Sort of makes me want to be a vegetarian.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 22, 2010
4:10 AM

Post #7987574

Chickie pooh.. working fine.. no yeller! I guess I did that project jusssst right! Got another "canoe" started
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 22, 2010
5:43 AM

Post #7987706

Forgot the Visual aid...! LOL!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 5, 2010
8:22 PM

Post #8021608

Todays zukes... been cutting up the old feed sacks and using the plastic fo r weed barrier now...these plants are huge!

Um, not quite done yet here, so its a tad unearthy looking

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2010
6:24 AM

Post #8047089

Zuke bloom!

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 19, 2010
6:41 PM

Post #8050502

I was looking over Greenhousegal's yummy recipe for zucchini. We call our yellow and zucchini squash "boats" and do something similar. We halve them the long way, cross hatch and scoop the flesh and saute it with Italian fennel or hot sausage, onions, peppers and thinly sliced carrots. We add herbed or cornbread stuffing, herbs from our garden, a few eggs and some additional liquid (broth or water) for moisture and a good Swiss cheese or cheddar grated in and on top. Bake covered at 350 for about 40-45 min.. Half a squash makes a giant entree and the leftovers are really great cold or re-warmed.

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

August 20, 2010
3:44 AM

Post #8051162

MaypopLaurel, that sounds really good. I've never added eggs but I like the idea of the fennel. Often I'll freeze the other half for a quick meal some other time, and it's nice to have it available.
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 20, 2010
10:20 AM

Post #8051799

DD is intentionally overgrowing her squash since giving her this recipe. For the meat eaters among us bacon adds a nice flavor instead of sausage. You really need so little to get a great flavor. I made six giant yellow squashes the other night and used two uncased, hot Italian sausages.

I'm experimenting with seed I let cross last year. This looks like a Delicata or a cross. We are harvesting our more mature ones. I cooked and pureed winter squashes yesterday then froze them for curried soups. They are great with cream and yogurt added for a cold soup in hot weather or warmed in winter. A little nutmeg on top.

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greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

August 20, 2010
11:02 AM

Post #8051848

Lucky you to have squash. Squash bugs took all of mine. I'm trying again but it may be too late.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 10, 2010
5:43 AM

Post #8204284

My zukes did pretty good. I enjoyed their nice sized heafty plants, got several fruits, but I was not able to enjoy eating them. I had plenty of so much else they got put off. I have 2 left and I dont know if they are any good anymore.. they been on my porch for a long time.. Guess I ought to cut into them and see.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 11, 2010
6:30 AM

Post #8206178

OK, I just caught this thread...That marrow and ginger jam sounds interesting. Will have to google for it.

And I have lots of old feed sacks folded in the corner of my shed. I keep thinking there must be a use for them. Thanks for the tip, Bloosombuddy!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 11, 2010
6:35 AM

Post #8206194

I use those plastic feed sacks for weed barriers and also for my climbing rose. I stuff the bags with flakes of straw and tie the bags into square pillows, then I take the rose down and lay it on the ground. Its about 7 feet tall.. anyway then I take the pillows and cover the rose with it and take a peice of cattle panel and put that on top of the pillows to hold them in place for the winter. You can use the pillows year after year too! Saves buying more straw and cones! I dont cover that rose until it maintains a cold temp here.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 19, 2010
5:53 AM

Post #8219935

I planted potatoes in my empty feed sacks.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 19, 2010
6:30 AM

Post #8220026

You're right, CajuninKy! Those would be good "smart pots", too!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 20, 2010
5:59 AM

Post #8221511

ok, not gettting a picture of potatoes in sacks! Thats gotta be a hoot! Can you show us!

Well, meanwhile back at the zuke patch, I have two left. They got nipped by some heavy frosts but still look good.. wonder if they are gonna taste just as?! Guess time will tell.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 20, 2010
7:53 PM

Post #8222592

Here they are when they first started coming up.

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mraider3
Helena, MT

November 21, 2010
1:25 AM

Post #8222757

We grow both summer and winter squash each year, but only a couple of plants of each. I have tried saving seed from a winter squash which I really liked but it must have crossed with a pumpkin. Saving seed from squash seems pretty iffy to me if you grow more than one variety. I like the idea of only purchasing a few seeds. My Pinetree Gardens catalog arrived last week and although they don't have a huge selection of squash, they package their seeds at 15 per package for half the price of other catalogs. I put toghether a dummy order of the seeds I normally purchase and came up with less than $50 worth of seed, where normally I would spend more than $100. In most cases there was enough seed in one packet to plant what I required, and with seed prices escallating each year this seems like a good idea to me.
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 21, 2010
9:20 AM

Post #8223249

If your winter squash was from the pepo family it may have very well crossed with the pepo family summer squash. Look on line to see varieties of winter squash that are not pepo if you want to save those seed. They will still cross with each other if in the same family though so you could only grow one of each non pepo variety or pollinate and bag flowers.
Laurel
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 21, 2010
11:38 AM

Post #8223440

LOL! Pre-bagged taters LOL! Sweet!

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