Zucchini plants can be grown from young plants or seeds
When starting with seeds, they should be sown directly in the garden
When the soil has warmed up in your planting beds, plant seeds one-half inch deep, 3 to 4 inches apart, in rows that are 2 to 3 feet apart.
Thin plants so that they are spaced 6 to 8 inches apart once they are 4 to 5 inches tall.
Once seedlings are a few inches tall, trim two off at the soil line, leaving only the strongest looking plant to grow.
Zucchini needs steady moisture to produce large, problem-free harvests
Water thoroughly whenever the top inch of soil is dry.
Install a soaker hose or drip irrigation at the time of planting
Zucchini plants need regular feeding in addition to being planted in the rich, nutritious soil mentioned earlier
Zucchini plants are vulnerable to a number of pests and diseases, including squash bugs, squash vine borers, striped cucumber beetles, powdery mildew, and bacterial wilt.
Pull up and throw away any plants that succumb to disease.
Harvest time depends on the variety, but generally, zucchini are most tender and have the best flavor when they are young
Large fruits tend to be mealy and full of seeds.
Carefully cut fruits off the plant with a knife or pruners when zucchini are between 3 and 8 inches long.
To help them store longer, harvest with at least an inch of stem still attached