Growing Zucchini can be a very exciting organic garden project.
There are many different types of squashes in the market. They are in different colours; shapes and sizes.
In the year 2008 we had summer squashes, the dark green Marrow Zucchini Hybrid; and the Gold Rush Hybrid yellow courgette. They were both with high yields.
This year I wanted something different and I found a light green rounded zucchini. This summer squash is specially sweet and delicious; the fruits are cute; they look more like mini melons.
If you are planning a garden with a small space gardening concept, growing summer squash is your best choice. You will enjoy not only the fruits but also the big bright yellow edible zucchini flowers everyday.
This green Zucchini is a shallow and thick roots (picture 22); upright bush plant, you can train the plant with strong supports. You will be amazed that this summer squash's roots are very short under the ground, but she could hold such a huge bush above.
Growing squash naturally in a small backyard garden is 100% possible, even you are having only a table top space.
Zucchini's Growing Progress
*Some seeds were sprouted (picture 1) together with the cucumber seeds during the late Spring; and the young plant was transplanted to the open ground when the raised bed was out of frost on 19-5-2009 (picture 2). And a ring was given immediately to the plant for protection.
*On 22-5-2009, the day 3 after transplant; the plant was stable. And you can see it is standing only 1/6 of the raised bed (picture 3).
*On 28-5-2009, the day 9 after transplant; the first pair of leaf was cut off ; and first stick (picture 4) was given to the plant for balancing.
*On 12-6-2009, the day 24 after transplant; the plant was expanded (picture 5).
*On 19-6-2009, the day 31 after transplant; it was fruiting (picture 6).
*On 26-6-2009, the day 38 after transplant; the first fruit appeared (picture 7).
*On 29-6-2009, the day 41 after transplant; the young plant became a large plant (picture 8).
*On 30-6-2009, the day 42 after transplant; the plant was secured; and standing strong (picture 9).
*On 3-7-2009; the day 45 after transplant; the leaves stems increased (picture 10).
*The Zucchini plant was behind the cucumber (picture 11).
*The male squash flower (picture 12).
*On 18-7-2009, the day 60 after transplant; more fruits were coming (picture 13).
*On 19-7-2009, the day 61 after transplant; showed many flowers (picture 14).
*On 29-7-2009, the day 71 after transplant (picture 15).
*Female flower (picture 16).
*The main stem (picture 17).
*Two fruits expanding together (picture 18).
*On 16-8-2009, the day 89 after transplant (picture 19); harvested the first fruit (picture 20).
*On 31-8-2009, the day 104 after transplant; came more fruits (picture 21).
*On 24-9-2009; the day 128 after transplant; the plant was removed from the ground (picture 22&23).
*The plant needed plenty of water and sunlight for a start. And later the soil must keep moist at all times.
*Usually the first fruit would be started from the base of the squash plant; and it would not grow well. When it is yellowish; cut it off; the new growth would soon began.
*It is normal to see some of the fruits turned yellowish (picture 24) due to the continuous heavy rainy days and lack of sunlight; or they have not enough growing space to expand their arms. If it happens, make space for the fruits; make sure they do not touch each other; or by no choice to trim away the leaves stems that blocking the fruits.
*When the plant grow a little taller, you must support it with some strong sticks or trellis from bamboo or other materials.
1. It took about 100 days from the squash seeds sowing date to the first harvest. This is similar to the potatoes growing period.
2. The zucchini plant is very heavy; because the plant held plenty of water in its leaves stems.
3. The fruit appear before the female flowers; therefore you won't pick wrongly.
4. The fruits are growing from the base upwards; on the joints (picture 21).
The first and second squashes were weighing at 300 grams each with the size of 10 cm (about 4 inches) in length and 35 cm (about 13.5 inches) around. The third fruit was weighing at 550 grams with the same size. After the third harvest, the zucchini plant continued its fruiting until early autumn.
Growing zucchini fruit vegetables can give you great happiness!