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Zucchini squash are generally long and slim, and can be dark green, light green, striped, and even yellow.
Both male and female flowers are edible and, once the pistils and/or stamens have been removed, are deep fried, stuffed, sautéed, baked, or used in soups.
Common name: Summer squash, Cousa squash
Color: Large, yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers.
Height: 18 to 24 inches.
Difficulty level: Easy
Planting & Care
Growing zucchini (Cucurbita pepo) in a garden is very popular. This is because planting zucchini is easy and a zucchini plant can produce large amounts of delicious squash. Let’s take a look at how to plant zucchini and grow zucchini squash in your garden.
When planting zucchini, you can plant them either as individual plants or grouped on hills. How you grow zucchini squash is up to you, based on how many zucchini plants you intend to grow and how much room you have to grow them.
Individual Zucchini Plants
After the chance of frost has passed, plant 2-3 seeds 36 inches apart. The seeds should be planted about an inch deep. Thin to one plant per spot once the seeds have sprouted and have grown their first set of true leaves.
Soil: Needs a fertile, moist but well-drained soil. If the soil is sandy or drains too quickly, work a layer of compost into the soil before planting to improve the moisture retention.
Water: Zucchini plants need regular watering to keep the soil evenly moist. The plants beg for water by wilting in the hot sun, even when the soil is moist. To make sure the plants actually need water, wait until the sun goes down to see if the foliage revives. If the leaves don t recover, water slowly and deeply to saturate the root zone. Use straw or hay mulch around the plants to prevent water evaporation.
Fertilizer: Feed the plants when the leaves turn pale or the stems appear week. Use a shovelful of compost for each plant or a low-nitrogen commercial fertilizer. Fertilizers high in nitrogen reduce the yield.
Harvesting: You can harvest zucchini as soon as you see the fruit. Small fruit with flowers still attached are good when eaten fresh. Fruit that is 6 to 8 inches long works well for cooking. The fruit hides under the leaves, so check each plant carefully every day or two once the plants begin to produce. It s not unusual to find a foot-long zucchini that was overlooked for days. Cut the fruit from the plant with a sharp knife to avoid injuring the vine. Zucchini keeps for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
- A bumper crop of squash can challenge the inventiveness of the most dedicated cook.
- Use these tasty summer veggies in pasta dishes, soup recipes, and more.
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