Zucchini - Vegetable gardening at home

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How to plant Zucchini

  • 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.

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Irrigating and Fertilizing Zucchini:

  • 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

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How to Control Zucchini Pests and Diseases

  • 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. 

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Harvesting Zucchini:

  • 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

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