How To Grow Zucchini
How to Grow Zucchini
Learning is really easy. Zucchini is a great plant to use for a children’s garden because of how reliable it is, and how relatively easy to grow.
Zucchini starts out really small, but don’t let that fool you…the full grown plant will take over your garden!
Wherever you plant it, give it at a least 3 feet by 3 feet space to grow. The leaves get big, the zucchinis get big, and it will run down any other plant in its way.
Plan on planting this guy in the garden. Zucchini is not a good option for a container due to how heavy and big it gets, and you will DEFINITELY be planting this baby outside. I don’t know of any zucchinis personally that have grown indoors.
But I suppose stranger things have happened….
This year I did my own “at home” experiment and planted zucchini in 4 different spots. One I planted in the garden that was rich with fresh soil from the garden store, worm compost, and garden compost. The next I planted in a raised garden bed that had garden compost in it over the winter. The next I planted in relatively poor soil, in only part sun. And the last one I plopped right in my compost pile behind the garage.
The results were fascinating….take a look!
How to grow zucchini – seed or plant?
This is a personal preference. I like saving money, so when I can grow a plant from seed, that’s the route I’m taking.
This plant grows really well from seed, however, you should think about starting it indoors before the growing season if you want to get a jump on early summer zucchini. I just picked several from my plants prior to July 4th!
If you want to try sowing the seeds directly in the garden after the frost date, I say go for it! And by “sowing the seeds in the garden” I mean taking the seeds and pushing them into the soil about 1/2 to 1 inch. That’s it!
If you do get a small plant from a local nursery, you only need to get the smallest plant you can find. This vegetable will catch up in no time, and it is not worth the extra cost of getting a larger plant.
This plant is only half way through the season, and will still get much larger. The vegetables haven’t even started to form yet….I usually get a few that are over 18 inches!
As the plant matures, leaves will turn yellow on occasion. It is fine to simply cut those leaves off. Any damaged or miscolored leaves are failing to help the plant grow as successfully as it should so it is best to remove them as soon as you notice them.
Factors that determine success with zucchini:
The 3 main factors that will determine the success of your venture with are:
Sunlight: Zucchini plants do soak up a lot of sunlight during the day, and thrive when they receive at least 6 hours of sun each day.
Water: This vegetable does need regular waterings, however I have noticed that it tolerates neglect much better than other vegetables.
What I like to do is mulch to a depth of at least 1 inch around the base of the plant. Then any water it receives remains in the soil longer and you can go several days without watering if you need to.
As long as you’ve mulched your zucchini, and you give it a good watering, you could easily leave for the weekend without worrying too much about it, even if no rain were in the forecast.
I love this type of low maintenance plant!
Space: As I mentioned, this plant needs space, and lots of it! Don’t believe me? Plant one this year and you’ll find out!
And it is a hardy grower, and a strong-stemmed plant, so it will take over and crowd out any nearby competitors.
Also, because of the largeness and height of its leaves, it can easily shade out a low growing plant nearby.
How to grow zucchini – fertilizer?
I have never, ever, ever, ever fertilized my zucchini, nor do I think it’s necessary for it’s growth.
And like I said, I have produced HUGE zucchinis ever year, even when I’m having a lazy gardening year and I’m neglecting everything in the garden.
Zucchini thrives when other vegetables fail. It thrives without fertilizer…it thrives without a ton of water….it thrives without love….it thrives, it thrives, it thrives.
I hope these instructions on have you enjoying this vegetable all season long!
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