- If you have a short season, or just want fruits sooner then start in 4" pots 4-6 weeks before last frost.
- Be careful when transplanting to not disturb the roots.
- You can start with direct seeding 2-4 seeds on a nice 24" mound.
- Soils should not have too much clay and drain fairly well.
- If planting a lot of plants you can place them 24" apart. This will make them dense to close to choke out the weeds.
- Add manure to holes when prepping site.
- Zucchinis like it hot, so letting them dry out before watering them can really get them going.
- Keep weeds down while they are being established.
- Once established they will choke everything else out.
- Once Zucchinis begin flowering you should get in the habit of visiting them daily.
- Inspect the plant thoroughly so as not to miss fruits.
- Harvest fruits when tiny for canning or just because they are so delicious at 3 inches.
- Be sure to harvest for eating in stir-fries and steamed before they are 8 inches long. If you are growing zucchini there is no reason to eat fibrous, too big fruits!
- Use giant zucchinis to make breads or as livestock feed. My chickens love them.
- I love harvesting these when just the height of a pint jar for canning Spicy Zucchini Pickles. They look amazing in the jars and fun to eat during football season.