Suburban scavenging dilemma from our faithful commenter Lesley. Just look at this exuberantly leafy plant of the cucurbitae family, bursting with good health, flinging foliage here and yon, tossing out pretty blossoms, and just the beginnings of something good--zucchini? yellow squash?
Tragically, ironically, unfortunately and all the other adverbs that fit here, that plant and a half-dozen others are growing in some mulch flung down behind a warehouse at her workplace. Her own vegetable plants, meanwhile, are doing what mine are doing: languishing as snail fodder. She wants those zucchini. Should she pick them, at the risk that the soil under them is Midnight Mulch, which I've generally been told to avoid in vegetable gardens? Or maybe she should she transplant the plants? Or should she just buy zucchini at Whole Foods and wait for her own crop to ripen?