Zucchini Growing Guide

All you need to know to grow successfully!

Plant Family:
Cucurbitaceae
Plant Type:
Annual
Growing Difficulty:
Easy
Typical Zones Grown In:
2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

Planting Depth:

2cm (1″)
Maturity Time:
60-100
Companion Plants:
Corn,Lettuce,Pea,Radish

Planting Guidelines

The following are general guides to follow. However, nothing is set in stone. Feel free to experiment!

How to Start:
Direct Sow or Start Indoors if you want an extra challenge
When to Direct Sow:
May,June
Sprouting Time:
7-14
Spacing (cm):
60cm (18-24″)
Row Spacing (cm):
90-120cm (36-48″)

Square Foot Spacing:

1 Plants
Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Typical Season:
Warm season
When To Harvest:
August,September
How to Harvest:
Pick regularly to encourage the plant to keep on fruiting. Zucchini leaves are often very prickly, so pull delicate skinned fruit out carefully. Fully mature zucchini have a hard skin: chickens like them.

Tips to Growing Organically

Growing without the use of pesticides and herbicides is easier than you may think and it’s better for the environment!

Companion Plants:
Corn,Lettuce,Pea,Radish
Common Pests:
Common Disease:
Mildew on leaves. To combat this it's best to avoid overhead watering.
Bonus Grow Tips:
Squash likes to climb, so it's a good idea to set up a trellis or a squash arch!

Zucchini is a summer squash that is known for its mild flavour and tender texture. It is a popular vegetable in many types of cuisine, and can be easily grown organically in a variety of settings, including in containers or in the ground. Zucchini prefers warm temperatures and well-draining soil, and should be planted in a sunny location with regular access to water. It is generally started from seed, and should be thinned to ensure adequate spacing for growth. Zucchini requires consistent moisture and regular fertilization to ensure healthy growth, and should be harvested frequently to prevent the development of overripe fruits, which can be tough and less flavourful. The fruits can be eaten fresh or cooked, and are typically sliced or diced for use in salads, sautés, or baked dishes.

How to Grow Zucchini Organically

Zucchini plants can grow quite large and produce a lot of fruit, so it’s important to give them plenty of space and support as they grow. They prefer full sun and well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter.

To grow zucchini organically, follow these steps:

  1. Choose a planting location: Zucchini plants need plenty of sunshine and well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Choose a spot in your garden that gets at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day.
  2. Prepare the soil: Add compost or well-rotted manure to the soil to provide the zucchini plants with the nutrients they need to grow. Work the compost or manure into the soil to a depth of at least 6 inches.
  3. Plant the seeds: Sow the seeds directly into the soil in late spring or early summer, once the soil has warmed up to at least 60°F. Plant the seeds 1-2 inches deep, with 2-3 seeds per hole. Space the holes at least 2-3 feet apart to allow for the plants to grow.
  4. Water regularly: Zucchini plants need consistent moisture to grow properly. Water the plants deeply at least once a week, and more often in hot, dry weather.
  5. Mulch the soil: Adding a layer of organic mulch such as straw or shredded leaves around the base of the plants can help to retain moisture in the soil and prevent weeds from growing.
  6. Fertilize the plants: Use an organic fertilizer such as compost tea or fish emulsion to feed the plants every few weeks throughout the growing season.
  7. Provide support: As the plants grow, they may need support to keep the fruit off the ground. You can use stakes or cages to support the plants and keep the fruit from touching the soil.
  8. Harvest the fruit: Zucchini plants typically start producing fruit 50-60 days after planting. Harvest the fruit when it is still small and tender, about 6-8 inches long, for the best flavor and texture.

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