Trap a Zucchini

Take a see-through plastic bottle out to the garden when zucchini fruit are just forming; slide the neck of the bottle over the little fruit. It'll keep growing inside the bottle, probably even filling it! Any size bottle will do. The fruit will stop growing when it fills up the container.

It's safer to use a plastic container. In fact, a good approach is to cut the bottle in half, lengthwise, then enclose it around the developing fruit (like a mold), securing the container with rubber bands. Then, when the plant fills the container, the bands can be removed and the fruit will be shaped like the container. Try some fanciful containers, like the animal figures frequently used for honey containers.

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