Vegetable Gardens With Zucchinis
If you want a veggie that’s extremely versatile, look no further than zucchini. Zucchini is one of the most popular summer squash varieties to grow in the vegetable gardens, although they are technically a fruit, because they are easy to grow, prolific producers. One source states that the average plant produces between 3-9 pounds of fruit. For optimal production in vegetable gardens, zucchini should be started in rich, well-draining soil in an area of full sun. Summer squash are heavy feeders, but if you are lucky enough to have nutrient rich soil, you may not need any additional feeding of zucchini plants. If you are interested in feeding zucchini plants organically, the time to start is prior to sowing seed or transplanting. First, select your site and dig up the soil. Dig in about 4 inches of well composted organic matter. Apply an additional 4-6 cups of all-purpose organic fertilizer per 100 square feet. If your compost or manure is high in soluble salts, you will need to wait 3-4 weeks before planting the zucchini to prevent salt injury. Plant the seeds at a depth of one inch or transplant starter plants.
Water the plants in the vegetable gardens once a week to keep them moist, 1-2 inches per week depending upon weather conditions. Thereafter, apply organic zucchini plant fertilizer when plants just begin to bloom. You can use an all-purpose organic fertilizer or diluted fish emulsion when fertilizing zucchini plants at this time. Water in the fertilizer around the plants and allow to soak down into the root system.
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