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Quick and easy to grow, zucchinis are perfect for the beginner gardener. Once they are ready (only in a short 6-8 weeks), pick the vegies and enjoy them grilled, baked, roasted or stir-fried. Or if you’re feeling up to it, stuff the flowers (just the male ones) and deep fry – yum!

How to grow zucchini in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot in the garden with well drained soil and enrich with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. Add Yates Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite to sweeten the soil and help prevent blossom end rot. 
  2. Sow 3-4 seeds into mounds of moist soil spaced 40cm apart and water well.
  3. As seedlings grow, thin seedlings and leave only the two strongest.  Mulch around the base of the plants with organic mulch like sugar cane or pea straw to retain moisture.
  4. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie and Herb Liquid Plant Food.
  5. Harvest when fruit is small and tender for best flavour. Pick regularly to encourage more fruiting.  

     
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How to grow zucchini in a pot

Zucchinis grow best in the garden, but can still grow well in pots. Look for compact growing varieties. 

  1. Choose a pot or trough at least 400mm wide and deep. Position in full sun and protect from strong winds. 
  2. Fill pot with quality potting mix, such Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. Sow seeds, cover lightly and water well. 
  3. As seedlings grow, thin seedlings and leave only the strongest and feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie and Herb Liquid Plant Food.
  4. Harvest when fruit is small and tender for best flavour. Pick regularly to encourage more fruiting. 


Growing tips

  • Pick fruit when small and tender

  • Failure to set fruit is often due to the absence of pollinators, such as bees. You can hand pollinate to help – simply pick a male flower (the smaller yellow flower without fruit forming at the base) and touch it lightly onto the centre stem of the female flower. 


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