Thursday, December 8, 2011

Zucchini Squash ( How To Grow )

                  Hello and welcome back with us here on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou.

                  Today we would like to talk about Zucchini Squash, it is one of America's favorite squash and there is hundreds of recipes of way to fix Zucchini. Zucchini  Squash is a summer squash and it produces thin skinned fruit, and does not store well. All summer squash is usually eaten without peeling the skin. Pick Zucchini when they are young ( four to six inches ) and tender. Do not wait until the fruit is a lot bigger, it is still good to eat, but it will be a lot tougher and the skin will need to be peeled. Some people like to see how  big they can grow, that is OK but keep in mind when you let them grow into giant Zucchini you are taking away from your plant, you should pick it and throw it away, so you will have a lot more squash, remember they are tender and best to eat at 4 to 6 inches.

                  Zucchini is a summer squash, and they are so easy to raise but there some things you need to know about raising Zucchini Squash.   

                  1.  Good garden soil is always important, if your soil looks like it need some help you can add some garden soil mix, or compost and mulch adding a layer we feed your squash and help keep the weeds out.

                  2.  Plant in full sun: 6 to 8 hours is the best. 

                  3.  Planting Depth: Seeds 1" inch under the soil, with well-tilled soil after all danger of frost and cold weather has past and the soil has warmed up.

                  4.  Row spacing :  In rows plant your seeds about 24 to 36 inches apart for single plant production, or four or five in hills 48 inches apart. When the plants are 2 to 3 inches tall, thin to one vigorous plant or no more than two or three plants per hill. Just keep in mind that Zucchini Squash plants get big, so give your self plenty of room to harvest.

                 5.  Water well after planting and never let your soil dry out, Zucchini like a lot of water, in the hot summer days you may have to water everyday or two.  You can check your soil by sticking your finger 2 inches under the soil, if you feel moisture you are OK for the day.

                 6.  Zucchini Squash has soft edible skin, it is best when they are only 4 to 6 inches they are so tender.

                 7.  Days to Harvest: 45 to 55 days after planting, they grow so very fast.  

                 Well we will quit for today, hope to talk here tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way until then Good Gardening Always Ken & Marilou.