The free time that we suddenly have, we should use it wisely. If you have a balcony or even better a garden, use it to grow an unlimited supply of home-grown organic zucchini. Zucchinis are perfect vegetables for you to grow at home. It will produce interesting veggies in many colors and shapes.
Let’s see how you can plant and grow zucchini at home.
Growing Zucchini In Containers
Zucchini is a plant from the pumpkin family that is probably the easiest to grow and you will get fresh veggies in no time. It is important to place the zucchini containers in the sun and they have enough moisture and compost. These plants can grow up to about 60 centimeters. The seeds germinate in about a week, and after 12 weeks you can already pick them. Zucchini usually have enough fruit.
You will need fertile soil and container with proper drainage. The dimensions need to be at least 30 cm depth and 30 cm in length. Make one-centimeter holes and insert two seeds. Cover the seeds with soil, as this creates ideal conditions for germination. When the shoot appears, remove the weaker one. The zucchini seeds will develop after 7 to 10 days. Zucchini need moist soil, so it is best to place a bottle with holes next to the plant. Often pour water into the bottle so that the water reaches the roots directly.
When the first flowers appear, fertilize them every 10-14 days with tomato fertilizer or some similar vegetable fertilizer. Be careful not to overdo it. These veggies like to spread out and have pretty big leaves. That’s why you should plant one zucchini in one container, so the plant has enough space to grow and spread. When the zucchinis grow about 10 centimeters, cut them off. This will cause more fruit to appear. Powdery mildew (fungal plant diseases) can also appear on the leaves. You can prevent this if you’re watering and fertilizing properly and if the plant gets good airflow.
If your zucchini produced more fruits you can preserve them by storing them properly. You can grate them and freeze them. Frozen zucchini can last up to 10 months. You can use them for making zucchini bread, soup, or delicious sauce.
These veggies have exceptional nutritional value. They are an excellent source of vitamins A, K, B and C, manganese and potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, folate, and riboflavin, as well as zinc, iron, and calcium. They have low caloric value and are high in fiber.
Moreover, home-grown vegetables are always a better choice than store-bought. At least, you know how you grow and take care of the plant, which is not the case when you buy it from the store.