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1. One plant, one family.
Zucchini is such a prolific crop that one plant is enough to feed one family. The more you pick them, just like cucumbers and beans, the more zucchini rewards with additional bounty. And you can do this and still harvest most of the male flowers and the fading female flowers to make fritters for Sunday morning.
 
2. Let it grow, let it grow.
Most people harvest zucchini when they are about eight inches long, but if you leave them alone  you can grow a formidable weapon of about three feet long and of a baseball bat's circumference. In Montana a few years ago, a woman actually fought off a bear with a foot-long zucchini, giving it a hefty wallop on the nose which sent the bear howling. Well, what's a woman to do with a thief who wants into her house?

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