Zucchini

Zucchini

 

  • Why you should grow it:
    • Zucchini is plentiful, it will continue to fruit throughout the season
      • There’s always another zucchini hiding under the leaves
    • Low maintenance, but needs good sun and rich soil, after that, you can leave it to grow
    • Great money saver, zucchini can be pricey, but it’s so easy to grow
    • Does like to spread, but can grow on the patio

 

 

  • How to start seeds
    • Start indoors in early spring or direct plant late spring or early summer
    • Plant in mounds, you can plant a single plant or 3 plants together for good pollination
    • For fruit to grow, the flowers need to be pollinated
    • The mounds allow for good drainage and for the roots to warm up quickly

 

  • Tips for growth
    • Water the ground, powdery mildew is the main issue which is spread by moisture
    • Water in the morning to allow for the plants to dry out through the day

 

 

  • Harvesting
    • Harvest regularly to promote growth
    • Pick early pick often
    • Don’t let them get too big, pick when they are bet 4-6″ long, they’ll taste woody
    • Use a knife to get a clean cut and not to hurt the plant

 

 

  • Saving Seeds
    • Leave the fruit on the vine for as long as you can, way beyond edible
    • The longer you leave on the vine the more sugar will be stored into the seeds and the longer it will be viable
    • Scoop out the seeds, rinse and fully dry
    • Label and store in a cool and dry place