Zucchini is a favorite vegetable crop of most gardeners . Undemanding to the conditions of growth and care , it gives a rich harvest throughout the summer , until late autumn . Widely used in cooking , it is not only tasty , but also an unusually healthy vegetable ,
non – allergic . Even small children are recommended to give zucchini as the first feeding . Let ‘s find out how to grow it in the garden .
Where to plant
Zucchini loves warmth and light . Therefore, for planting it is recommended to choose a bright place , securely sheltered from drafts . If there is not enough light , the plant will greatly stretch in length and significantly reduce the number of fruits .
The ideal temperature for abundant fruiting is + 20 degrees . But even autumn cooling , up to + 5 degrees , are not fatal . Only with the onset of frost does the zucchini fade . Also , when choosing a site for planting , it is advisable to pay attention to the soil : it should be
fertile enough .
Soil preparation It is advisable to start preparing the planting site
in the fall . The soil should be weeded , dug up and fertilized . It is recommended to apply manure ( if the preparation of the beds is carried out in the spring , then humus should be used instead of manure ). Next you need to form high beds , about 70 cm width .
Holes are best prepared immediately before disembarkation . If zucchini is supposed to be grown under a film , then it is better to place the holes at a distance of 50 cm . If they grow in open ground , it is better to make the distance between the holes 60 cm .
How to grow Zucchini can be
grown in seedling and seedless way . In any case , the seeds will have to be processed first . They should be inspected and any damaged copies removed . Next , the seeds must be treated with a 1 % solution of potassium permanganate and placed in wet gauze for pecking . The air temperature in the room with seeds should be about + 20 degrees .
• The seedless way . In this case, hatched seeds are planted directly in open ground . The earth at the time of landing should warm up to + 12 degrees . 2-3 seeds are placed in one hole _ , covered with earth and mulched . If all three sprouts sprout , you should choose the strongest one , and pluck the rest without pulling out . • Rassadny way . Around mid- April , you should start sowing seeds that have hatched for seedlings . Soil mixture is poured into small pots
from peat , earth and humus . At a depth of about 3 cm , 2 seeds are sown . After germination , the seedlings are thinned out, leaving stronger ones . About once a week, seedlings are watered with warm water and fed . When the soil outside warms up to + 12 degrees , the sprouts
can be transplanted into open ground or greenhouse . A well prepared in advance is spilled with water and a sprout with a clod of earth taken out of the pot is placed in it . Next , the hole is covered with earth and the soil is compacted . If frosts are expected , zucchini should be covered with film or non – woven material .
Subtleties of care
• Watering . Once a week, the zucchini should be watered with warm water at the rate of 1.5 liters per plant . During the fruiting period, increase the frequency and rate of watering . • Top dressing . 2 weeks after planting in the ground , the plant is fed with infusion of slurry and
water in a ratio of 1:10 . The next top dressing is during the flowering period . Ash and complex fertilizer are suitable for her . And the last top dressing – during the fruiting period ( infusion of slurry and water ). • Loosening and weeding . These ” standard ” measures should be carried out
with care so as not to damage the root system of the plant .
• Timely harvest . _ If you remove the fruits before they are fully ripe , the plant will bear fruit much more abundantly .
Be sure to plant a zucchini in your garden plot . You will spend quite a bit of time and effort on growing it , but as a result you will get a lot of tasty and healthy fruits .