If you are going to plant a garden this year, you might be wanting to plant some zucchini! Below I am going to share some tips and tricks to growing zucchini to help your plants produce the best they can!
I love zucchini because you can use it for so many things, stir fry’s, lasagna, cookies and bread and so much more. One of the tastiest ways to eat zucchini is fried, and dip it in ranch. Is it the healthiest, no, but it sure tastes amazing! Zucchini are so easy to grow and they produce so much, you might be giving it away!
Tips and Tricks to Growing Zucchini
For an optimal production of your zucchini, aim for rich, well-drained soil, that is in full sun. They need warm weather and lots of sunshine to grow!
When you plant, try to aim for 2 to 4 feet apart from each plant. They need to have air circulation to help prevent disease and rot. A great option is to plant zucchini on a low hill! Aim for around 6-12 inches on the high and anywhere from 12-24 inches wide.
Zucchini like warm soil, the optimal temperature is 70 degrees. They can survive at cooler temperatures but make sure to watch closely if you experience chilly nights.
Try to water evenly, and make sure to water more if it is really hot out. The critical time for watering is during the bud development and flowering. I recommend checking your plants each day to ensure they are not drying out.
Keep Away From Yellow Squash and Cucumbers:
Make sure if you plant zucchini they are far away from cucumbers and yellow squash or they will cross-pollinate, leaving you with a different take on zucchini! They both vine out and take up a good amount of room, so make sure they stay away from each other.
Zucchini produce a lot, and you want to ensure you pick them at a good size, don’t let them get super big. Having them a medium size or even small you will find those have the best flavor.
Blossom End Rot:
Some zucchini ends up with what is called blossom end rot. It looks like a small bruise on the blossoms or end of the fruit and softens and gets darker in color. This is caused by a lack of calcium in the soil, could be from over fertilization, root damage, poor soil, etc. Calcium is necessary for these plants, so make sure to buy calcium to sprinkle on the soil or a fertilizer that has it in it.
Some plants can become infested with squash bugs. Make sure to take care of them before they get super out of hand. You can also dust your plants with Diatomaceous earth, it contains no toxic poisons and works great at keeping these pesky bugs at bay. Just lightly dust over your crop.
To get started with zucchini seeds for planting buy some at a reputable place. If you like these tips and tricks to growing zucchini, you may want to see how to spiralize zucchini for an excellent presentation!