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A Guide to Growing Zucchini

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Growing zucchini is simple in your garden or in containers when you ensure the soil drains well, the plants get plenty of sun, receive about 2 inches of water each week and a side dressing of fertilizer as they begin producing fruit
  • Harvesting zucchini may begin as early as 40 days after planting; once the plant begins producing fruit you’ll want to check daily for tender young 6- to 8-inch fruit as they grow quickly
  • Harvest using a sharp knife or pruning shears to clip the fruit from the plant. Refrigerate for up to 10 days in a paper bag with top open for air to circulate, or blanch and freeze for up to three months
  • There are numerous health benefits of zucchini, including antioxidants to protect your vascular system and eye health, and fiber to protect your digestive health; consider adding to omelets, grating for zesty noodles or baked in cheesy tots

Growing zucchini (Cucurbita pepo) in your garden is a simple way to enjoy its health benefits, knowing they're free from insecticides and pesticides. Zucchini easily flourish in the ground or in containers, but require plenty of water and full sun.

Zucchini, a summer squash, is an amazingly prolific producer once the plants are established. The seeds germinate quickly and the plant matures rapidly, so you may even be able to plant seeds in August for a fall harvest. While fruitful, your zucchini harvest will benefit from additional help from the gardener.

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