Zucchinis are part of the Cucurbita family of vegetables and are usually green in color, varying from a light green to a dark green. They are normally long and shaped like a tube. The hybrid version is generally a yellow shade which helps to distinguish between these two varieties.
Growing Zucchinis is quite a popular choice for the vegetable grower because it is one of the easier vegetables to grow, especially if you are new to gardening.
There are a couple of ways in which you can start growing this tasty veggie. If you are more experienced at growing vegetables, then you might prefer to plant Zucchini seeds. To ensure that the seeds are from organically grown plants, it may be a good idea to purchase seeds from a reputable organic seed supplier who should be able to provide certification as to their organic status. It is best to steer clear of plant nurseries which do not
It is best to steer clear of plant nurseries which do not specialize in growing plants organically as the seeds may be contaminated with traces of toxic chemicals. Buying seed packets off the shelf from your local supermarket may not be a wise decision either.
Alternatively, if you are a novice vegetable gardener, I highly recommend you plant starts or seedlings that are well established. Buying a potted plant is much easier, takes less time and is more likely to survive than planted seeds. Once again purchase these from an organic vegetable plant supplier for best results.
If you live in an area prone to frost, make sure you start your seeds indoors and then plant out in your organic vegetable garden once the chance of frost has passed. This will give the seeds a head start and are more likely to survive once planted outside. It is recommended that you sow the seeds in groups of two or three, an inch or so deep in your garden bed and
It is recommended that you sow the seeds in groups of two or three, an inch or so deep in your garden bed and place them 3 feet/1 meter apart. By doing this you will avoid overcrowding and provide sufficient room for the seeds to develop and spread out.
For starts plants/seedlings you also need to make sure the frost season has passed before planting in your veggie patch. It is recommended that you plant each starts/seedling a similar distance apart as for seeds. Be careful that the hole you dig to plant your start/seedling is only slightly larger than its root ball.
Otherwise, you will find that you will be covering up some of the stem, which is not good. Once you have planted your zucchini starts/seedlings give them a thorough water. It is a good idea to mulch around each start/seedling to help keep the temperature of the soil stable and also to assist in retaining water. This will also encourage a better crop more quickly than if the mulch wasn’t applied. Remember Zucchinis love sun and dislike cold soil.
This will also encourage a better crop more quickly than if the mulch wasn’t applied. Remember Zucchinis love sun and dislike cold soil.
It is vital that you don’t forget to water your zucchini plants on a weekly basis if you don’t have sufficient rainfall. When watering
When watering, make sure you water below the leaves to avoid powdery mildew developing which will occur if you water over the leaves. Be careful to ensure your garden bed has soil that drains well as zucchinis thrive in moist soil but not soil that is too soggy. If this is an issue you may find it helpful to mix in some sand to boost better water drainage.
Zucchinis love being exposed to full sunlight rather than being planted in a shady area in your organic vegetable garden. Remember they require no less than 6 hours of sunlight every day with preferably up to 10 hours.
Depending on where you live, plant your zucchini plants in an area with southern exposure (Northern Hemisphere) or northern exposure (Southern Hemisphere) to maximize sunlight.
If you are keen to have the best growing conditions for your zucchinis, it is essential that the quality of your soil is not compromised. In order to avoid this, it is a good idea to take the time to prepare your soil prior to planting. A mixture of organic matter and gardening mulch will provide the necessary nutrients required to ensure your zucchini plants thrive. It is also recommended that you test the pH of your soil. To
A mixture of organic matter and gardening mulch will provide the necessary nutrients required to ensure your zucchini plants thrive. It is also recommended that you test the pH of your soil.
To optimize the growing conditions for your zucchinis a pH between 6 and 7.5 is ideal. If you find your soil falls short of this criteria, then you can adjust the soil by mixing in peat moss or pine needles to make the soil more acidic. This will help to lower the pH so that it falls within acceptable boundaries. If you find the pH is too low, then you will need to mix lime into the soil to increase the pH to the optimum level.
Once you have planted your zucchini plants in compost rich, well-drained soil, you will need to check on them regularly. Make sure you don’t allow weeds to take over and encroach on your plants. Remove these as soon as you notice them growing in your organic vegetable garden. If the weeds become a nuisance, add a further layer of mulch to reduce their growth.
The other vital maintenance you need to be vigilant about is that of containing the spread of disease. If you find some of your plants or part thereof are infected you have to be ruthless in order not to lose all your potential harvest. Cut off any diseased fruit or branches to prevent disease spreading. Use an organic fertilizer approximately once a month to encourage growth.
If you keep to this simple strategy you should not encounter too many problems with growing your own organic zucchinis and will enjoy a delicious bumper crop come harvest time.