October 1, 2013 4:22AM
Updated: December 2, 2013 3:34PM
Rosario Vizzni, 85, of Mundelein showed his unique way of growing zucchini in his garden on Lincoln Street where the plants hang from an arbor and were grown from seeds he got from Italy.
Translating his broken English punctuated by Italian and hand gestures, he also showed a visitor his big tomatoes, also grown from seed from Italy, that are light and have almost no water. He stretched a tarp out under his apple tree so they funneled into a pile for him to collect easier. He has a container of water along a fence so he can wash his hands after gardening, which he spends a lot of time doing, evidenced by his well-worn yellow rubber barn boots.
Vizzni and his longtime friend, Tony, claimed he grew a 7-foot zucchini, but on closer inspection, it looks like it might have been just over 6 feet, still a long zucchini.