I trained it on a vertical trellis in the hope of subduing this plant's famous tendency to run amok. Convinced my ploy would work, I made the rookie mistake of planting two (2) zucchini plants. The other variety yields tasty and tasteful designer fruit, yellow with pale green tips. Both are prolific producers that require ruthless supervision. They are crisply delicious sautée'd in olive oil with shallots -- if picked at about 1/10th the size shown.
You may spy two yellow squash blossoms lurking in the fast-growing foliage between me and the 40-incher at left, promising more to come. Any local friends who were smart enough not to plant zucchini this year, please contact me soonest.
Next year? One plant only. The trellis will stay, having proven useful for saving valuable garden square footage.