How to grow zucchini
Choose the exact kind of zucchini you want to grow. All versions are faster growing than the winter squash types and but won’t keep as well as that branch of squash.This versatile yellow or green vegetable which is often included in Italien recipes is easy to grow.Pick a sunny spot and get those seeds in the ground. Then enjoy this often productive member of the summer squash family and it’s beautiful orange blossoms.
Choices of which zucchini you will grow include yellow or green. Then they also include large, medium or small fruits. These will grow on various sizes of plants too. So you will want to think about how much space you have for the plant you will end up with at the end of the season and how large or small you want your zucchini to be. Some are also round fruits and then there is the traditional longer cylindrical shape. Or you can mix it up and plant more than one kind of zucchini and compare the results at the end of the growing season.
Zucchini like it hot! So the soil should be 70 degrees when you plant. Putting a thermometer in the soil will show you if it is hot enough for the seeds to germinate. Covering the soil with black plastic can hasten the day when it is hot enough. Soaking the seeds overnight can also help them germinate. It can be hard to get transplanted zucchini to thrive because they are very senstivie to having their taproot damaged. For this reason if you plant them in a pot in advance of putting them in the garden you must be careful not to damage the tap root when you transplant the seedling. Also note that the soil still should be 70 degrees or warmer when you transplant or the plant will not thrive.
If you have heated the soil to 70 degrees by applying black plastic you can plant right in the plastic covered area by cutting an x shape in it and using that spot to insert your seeds one half an inch down into the soil. If you did not use plastic simply dig down 1/2 inch and plant your seeds .Allow two or three feet on either side of the row for the vine to spread as it grows. Bush types still need two or three feet between the rows for the plants to spread.
Zucchini plants like to grow in slightly acid soil. Adding compost or other source of fertilizer is a good idea as you plant the seeds or just before. Then adding some more fertllizer beside the plant in the mid season is helpful.
Regular rain or you watering the zucchini plants is another needed step. Vines need water so don’t let the soil get too dry for too long if you want to harvest fruit. One inch of water each week is what is recommended. A light watering which just wets the surface of the garden is not good enough. Zucchini has a long taproot which needs to be nourished with a good soaking.
Picking the fruit of the plant or vine will make it keep producing more. So if you want lots and lots of zucchini pick them often and small. If you want less or grow tired of the zucchini and want to have no more to pick just let the squash sit on the vine and get big which will signal to the plant that it has done it’s job and can stop now. The blossoms may also be used in cooking. Pick them when they are fresh and bright colored.