If you are going to plant a garden this year, you might be wanting to plant some zucchini. Below, I will share some tips and tricks to growing zucchini to help your plants produce the best they can.
Tips and Tricks to Growing Zucchini
I love zucchini because you can use it for so many dishes such as stir-fries, or lasagna, even cookies and bread, and so much more. One of the tastiest ways to eat zucchini is fried and dipped in ranch. Is it the healthiest? No, but it sure tastes incredible! Zucchini is so easy to grow, and it grows in abundance that you may get to the point of giving it away!
You can always start growing zucchini seeds indoors right before spring, then transfer them to your garden after the signs of the last frost. Otherwise, start from a plant directly into your outdoor garden.
Good Soil Helps Grow Zucchini
For an optimal production of your zucchini, aim for fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Tricks to growing zucchini need warm weather and lots of sunshine to grow!
Spacing Zucchini in the Garden
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.
Warm Weather for Growing Zucchini
Zucchini, like warm soil, the optimal temperature is 70 degrees. They can survive in colder temperatures, but make sure to observe if you experience chilly nights.
Watering Your Zucchini
Try to water evenly, and make sure to water more if it is sweltering outside. The critical time for watering is during 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, it’s 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 the right amount of room, so make sure they stay away from each other.
Pick Your Zucchini Early
Zucchini produces a lot, and you want to ensure you pick them at the right size – don’t let them get super big. Having them a medium-size or even small, you’ll find those to 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 dark color is caused by a lack of calcium in the soil, from over-fertilization, root damage, poor dirt, etc. Calcium is necessary for these plants, so make sure to buy calcium to sprinkle on the soil or 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. Lightly sprinkle over your crop.
If you like these tips and tricks to growing zucchini, you may want to see how to spiralize zucchini using a spiralizer machine. You can use spiralized zucchini in place of pasta for spaghetti!