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Learn to grow versatile Zucchini……plus, a printable planting guide!Zucchini are easy-to-grow prolific garden treats. They need well-drained, moderately fertile soils and a sunny warm location.

Along with adding a nice fresh addition to salads, omelets and vegetable dishes, Zucchini is a powerhouse of anti-inflammatory properties:

Nutrients in Zucchini 

WE WILL COVER:

  1. Soils
  2. Sunlight
  3. Temperature
  4. Planting instructions
  5. Cold Hardiness
  6. Days to Germinate
  7. Thinning
  8. Varieties
  9. Days to Maturity
  10. Harvesting
  11. Storage Tips
  12. Plus, a few Zucchini Recipes!
  13. Container Gardening

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How to Grow Zucchini

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1. SOILS:

  • Zucchini need well-drained soil with a pH between 6.5 and 7.0 (adjust your soil pH with wood ash or garden limestone)
  • Moist soils but not waterlogged
  • Garden Bed, Containers or Pots all work well
  • Just make sure to have at least 16 inches of soil in your containers 
  • Apply Organic All-Purpose Fertilizer

Depending on your geographic location, soils vary tremendously and need different soil amendments.

It is easy to find out how to test your soil with this inexpensive soil tester from Amazon.

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2. SUNLIGHT:

Zucchini love full sun but can tolerate a little bit of shade; 6 to 8 hours of full sun should be enough for a healthy crop.

3. TEMPERATURE:

Zucchini must have warm to hot temperatures.

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4. PLANTING:

Zucchini needs to be planted when the soils have warmed above 60 degrees. I have successfully started zucchini seeds in my greenhouse and then transplanted them outside when the weather warms.

Just do not allow them to get too big before transplanting.

Special Note: Zucchini are large plants spreading up to 3 feet in diameter. Make sure to allow plenty of room between plants and rows.

Specifics on Planting Zucchini in Rows :

  1. Plant seeds in single rows
  2. Seeds should be 18″ to 24″ apart in rows
  3. Rows should be approximately 6 feet apart
  4. Cover seeds with 1/2″ dirt and tap firm
  5. Keep seeds damp while germinating
  6. Hand Weed or Mulch to suppress weeds
  7. Protect from frost danger

Specifics on Planting Zucchini in Mounds:

  1. Hill up mounds 24″ to 30″ apart
  2. Make a flattened area on the top of each mound
  3. Plant 3 to 4 zucchini seeds in a depression  on the top of each mound
  4. These mounds allow the plants to spread their leaves 
  5. Keep seeds damp while germinating
  6. Hand Weed or Mulch to suppress weeds
  7. Protect from frost danger

 French Watering Cans are especially useful.

♦Please Note: add this information to your Gardening Journal.

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5. COLD HARDINESS:

Plant zucchini seeds in warm soils; watch for prolonged cold, damp weather as seeds will not germinate.

Zucchini have large leaves or fairly large leaves and they are very susceptible to frost. Make sure to protect them when frost is predicted.

They do not tolerate cold or damp weather so plant when soils are warm. Start inside or in a small greenhouse. Wall O’ Waters are super for a season extender.

6. DAYS to GERMINATE: approximately 7 to 9 days

Zucchini typically germinate in approximately 7 to 9 days. They will germinate faster in warm soils.

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7. THINNING: 

  • Zucchini plants should be thinned to the 2 healthiest seedlings in each mound.
  • Or, if planting in rows, thin plants to the healthiest seedlings spaced every 18 inches.
  • If planting in containers, thin to two seedlings per container.

8. VARIETIES:

1. Dark Green Zucchini

2. Medium Green Zucchini

3. Zucchini Collection of (4) 

9. DAYS to MATURITY:  45 to 50 days

Dates vary but you can pick mature zucchini 6″ to 8″ zucchini in approximately 45+ days

Zucchini Plant In Garden

10. HOW to HARVEST: 

  • Start harvesting your zucchini when they reach 8 inches long. The seeds are small at this size. 
  • Carefully cut and or twist stem approximately 1 inch from the main plant
  • Take care to not scratch or damage the outside skin

11. STORAGE IDEAS:  for Zucchini

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12. RECIPE IDEAS for Zucchini:

Do Not Forget to:

  • Simple Eating Fresh!
  • Makes Wonderful Fresh Healthy additions to Salad
  • Perfect Sauteed in Ghee with Shallots or Onions
  • Zucchini works very well on Vegetable Trays as dippers

13. CONTAINER GARDENING:

Zucchini plants can be grown in a large pot or container. Just make sure to have plenty of room as they spread about 3 feet wide. I have had great success with getting an early jump on planting zucchini by growing them in my small greenhouse.

Make sure to have a good potting mixture as zucchini grow fairly fast. They are ready to pick in about 45 days.

Make sure to read how about proper pollination in a greenhouse environment.

COMPANION PLANTING: Squash and Zucchini love Corn, Melons, and Pumpkins!

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How to Grow Zucchini is part of the How to Grow Series and first appeared on OriginalHomesteading.com

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