Summer days & ZUCCHINI

One of the few veggies that needs more than a square foot of space, the summer crop ZUCCHINI (Cucurbita pepo).
 
Here are a few points to note , as Him and Her had their debutante harvest of Zucchini in the garden plot. Got to see a lot of this floating on the www, which is very useful.
 
Zucchini :
  • Needs a lot of room to spread out and grow.
  • Days to harvest: 60 days
  • Grows in warm weather and grows best in direct sunlight. 
  • Once the plants have grown to a decent size, their broad leaves will help keep the area weed-free by shading out invading plants.
  • Prone to develop powdery mildew. IMG_8436
  • Zucchinis require pollination before they can begin producing fruit. If there is not a healthy population of bees, hummingbirds or other natural means of pollination, you can pollinate each plant manually. Male flowers have elongated stems with a collection of tubelike stamens inside. Peel away the petals and brush the stamens inside a female flower to pollinate it.
  • Harvest zucchini when the fruits are small  for better flavor and tender crop.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the zucchini off , to avoid damaging the plant.
  •  Produces fruit throughout its growing season.

And also read up to know that one of the culinary dishes from this crop is the famous ratatouille.

 

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