windyhill4.2 wrote:Zephyr squash has done very well, as have the tomatoes.
Lots of tomato crop failure here in Maine this year. Mine are doing OK but not what I would call good. We had an unusually cool dry June and a typical hot humid July and hot August. Hollyhocks grew rust-free this year, where last year we had to yank them up in July because the rust was so bad. So maybe weather that was bad for tomatoes was good for hollyhocks.
So many commercial seed sellers seem to push the veggies that grow big and pretty but are not the best for eating. For example, a squash called Big Mama which is passed off as buttercup but has much different texture and much inferior taste. You mentioned zephyr squash. I would be interested in the specific vegetable varieties that are both tasty and reliable growers for you.
Personally I recommend Connecticut Field Pumpkins, which usually grow considerably bigger than the seed package promises and are fairly resistant to disease. Also Fourth of July Tomatoes, which grow very reliably for me and are great for eating fresh, though in Maine they are never quite ready by July 4.