I'm not sure what I did wrong, but a zucchini harvest was not in the cards this year. All year I've had two puny zucchini plants that produced prolific flowers - both male and female - but produced no fruit. At first I thought it was squash vine borers, but the plants actually did okay. Then I thought maybe it was a lack of pollinators, but in the middle of the summer as I watched the bees attack the zucchini and the adjacent oregano, I knew this wasn't true.
So, I just left the plant be and figured maybe it just wanted to present me with pretty yellow-orange flowers all summer. Then, this past weekend as I started my fall clean-up, much to my surprise I found my first - and only - two squash, on October 2nd.
As I made the clean-up rounds on Tuesday afternoon, I cut off the "larger" of the two squashes and brought it inside. It's all of 4" long.
(The squash has weird phallic overtones in both pictures - I get a little embarrased looking at them.)