If you’re more about the harvesting than the planting, try growing zucchini. This prolific summer squash offers high yields, nutritious fruits and gorgeous, edible flowers. The caveats? Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and zucchini-loving pests like squash bugs and squash vine borers.
|When to sow indoors||3 – 4 weeks before last frost|
|When to sow outdoors||When soil temperatures reach 70°F|
|Seed depth||1/2 – 1″|
|Germination soil temperature||75° – 95°F|
|Germination length||6 – 10 days|
|When to transplant||2 – 3 weeks after last frost|
|Varieties||Patio Star (container cultivar!)Partenon (non-insect pollinating)Dunja (powdery mildew resistant)|
|pH range||6.0 – 6.5|
|Soil temperature||65° – 75°F|
|Spacing||12 – 18″|
|Watering||Heavy and even (not seeds; water seeds moderately)|
|Nutrient requirements||N = highP = moderateK = moderate|
|Fertilizer schedule||Not necessary if soil is fertile; avoid over-fertilizing|
|When to harvest||When fruit is 4 – 5 inches; harvest daily|
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