Zucchini, described as a type of summer squash, belongs to the Cucurbita pepo species. It is regarded as a vegetable and is, more often than not, cooked as a savory dish or accompaniment. Known as courgette in New Zealand and British English, the vegetable looks quite similar to ridged cucumber in its shape and can be yellow, green or light green in color. In a few cases, you might come across round or bottle-shaped fruit cultivars of zucchini as well. Do you know that it is possible to grow the vegetable at home only? Go through the following lines and explore more on how to grow zucchini.
Growing Zucchini Plants
- Peat Pots
- Fence/ Garden Lattice (optional)
Planting the Seeds & Vines
- Start sowing the zucchini seeds indoors, a month before the end of the winters.
- Take a small peat pot and fill it with soil. Now, go ahead and put one seed in each of the pots and keep them indoors for one month.
- The best time for planting zucchini in the garden is after the end of winter season. As soon as you feel that the threat of frost is gone and the spring time is about to begin, you should start preparing your garden for planting the vegetable.
- Now, plant the zucchini vines in your garden. If you want, you can also place the entire peat pot in ground, since it is biodegradable in nature. This will make sure that the roots of the plant are not disturbed.
- While planting the zucchini vines, make sure to leave substantial amount of space between two vines. This will ensure that they do not end up strangling each other, when the leaves start growing. At the same time, the vines will get enough sunshine throughout the day.
- If you feel that you do not have enough space to plant the zucchini vines wide apart, choose a location that has a fence nearby. The other option will be to use a strong garden lattice for growing your zucchini vertically.
After you have planted the zucchini vines, you need to take proper care of them. In this context, the steps given below will come handy.
- Make sure that you water the zucchini vines deeply, every few days. Before re-watering them, make certain that the top of the soil has dried completely.
- If you want to have a healthy garden and delicious zucchinis, it is very necessary to keep the plant healthy and free of bugs. So, whenever you see any insects or mildew on the fruit of the plants or on the leaves and vines, wash it off as soon as possible.
- Be patient. A zucchini plant always grows plenty of leaves and male flowers, before it rewards you with the squash.
- Do not wait for the zucchinis to reach full maturity, for harvesting them. Rather, you should harvest the squash when it is less than 8 inches long, tender and full of flavor.