Squash - Zucchini
Easy to grow, prolific producer in the warm summer garden. This plant performs well under stressful conditions, yielding abundant fruits that are nearly spineless. For optimum flavor, harvest fruits when they are 4-6". Pick often to encourage new growth. Use raw for salads, cook in soups, or use in baked goods.
Water Day/Week -- Squash set down long taproots to access moisture deep within the garden but still enjoy at least 1" of water weekly, sometimes more depending on the weather. Water deeply at the roots early in the day and avoid moisture fluctuations when plants are setting fruit to avoid blossom end rot. Avoid water getting on the leaves to help reduce the chance of disease.
Harvest -- Optimal size for harvesting is between 4 and 6" in lenght. Cut from the vines with a knife or nippers. Remove over-mature fruits to encourage new growth.
Spacing -- 24 to 48" apart
Exposure -- Full Sun
Mature Size -- 50 days
Feature -- High Yields
Heirloom Variety -- No
Kid-Friendly -- Yes
Container Friendly -- No
Soil pH -- 5.5 to 7.5
Time to plant -- After danger of frost has passed
Fertilize -- Side dress and water immediately with 10-10-10 once fruits begin to appear on the vines. Do not over fertilize or you'll have a better crop of leaves than fruits.
Pests to avoid -- Borers, leaf miners, root maggots, thrips
Companions -- Corn, radish, onion, beans, sunflower, garlic, cilantro, borage, sage, nasturtium and catnip
Avoid planting by -- Potato