Zucchini A Multipurpose Food And Very Easy To Grow
Zucchini A Wonderful Plant
Zucchini is one of those foods that is going to allow people to have quite a few options when they decide to cook it. However, for a lot of people they do not realize just how versatile the harvest of the Zucchini is, but also how easy and simple it is for them to grow their own Zucchini. With that being said, we are going to cover just how easy the plant is to grow, but also some of the recipes that will make it easier for you to enjoy the fruits of your labor as the old saying goes.
How To Grow Zucchini
Okay, now I am sure that we all know for a plant to grow it needs light, water, and soil. However, for Zucchini you will want to make sure that it has soil that can be drained as the vines will start to rot when they are in constant contact with water. So you need to check this, but you also need to make sure the area that you plan on growing your Zucchini plants at are well weeded. This way you can get the plant in the ground and know that it is going to continue to grow all season for you.
As an important side note, you may need to replant the Zucchini in the middle of summer as the initial spring planting can start to die off. This will allow you to have a harvest almost all year long or well into the fall. So you will want to make sure you know about this to guarantee you are getting the harvest that you want all year long.
When you go to prepare your ground, you will want to find a spot that is going to have almost full sun, in my experience my Zucchini plants do better if they have more sun. You will want to take and hoe the ground or till it before you get the seeds in the ground. Yes you can buy the Zucchini plants from the store, but you need to remember this is not always good for the plants because each time I have bought one to transplant they have died right away.
Once you have the ground properly prepared, you will want to make sure you get the seeds that you want to plant, personally I prefer the bush variety because they do not spread out as much, but you can also find a vine variety as well. Then you will want to plant the seeds according to the package, but in most cases it is 6-12 inches deep in the ground.
In my experience my Zucchini plants are generally starting to come up from the ground after about 4-7 days, which seems to be about right with the package. Sometimes it can take up to 14 days before you see any results. However, you can look at the picture below to see how the Zucchini plants are going to look when they are starting to come out of the ground.
After a couple of weeks, the plants will start to get bigger and in what I have experienced about a month to month and a half later the plants will start to get flower buds on them. These buds are going to be large and yellow, the flower itself is actually going to be quite deep, which will make it interesting if you want to look down at. You may find an unpleasant surprise if you do this as bees tend to love looking at these flowers! On some farms, you will find they help out mother nature by manually by taking cotton swabs out and fertilize their plants themselves.
When the fertilization has been completed you will start to notice that you will see a Zucchini starting to form at the base of the plant where the flower bud was. You will also notice the flower buds are going to start to turn a nasty yellow brown, but that is what you want. After a couple of days or weeks, depending on the weather you will start to see a full sized Zucchini starting to form. This is going to make it easy for you to get the Zucchini that you want to have on your plate for dinner that night.
Cooking Ideas With Zucchini
The best part about Zucchini, besides the great looking plants, is to cook with it. I know that for me, I tend to like to use frying for the regular Zucchini, but you will have other options as well. Here is a short list of what I do with some of the Zucchini that I harvest, but you will want to make sure you check out the list of recipes as we will be adding to the list as we explore more of them, but also have individual posts for the recipes.
Zucchini in Pasta
Zucchini, Onions, Peppers on the Grill
Diced Zucchini with Corn
While this is just the start of the zucchini recipe list, it is a good start. We will be creating blog posts about each recipe, which will make it easier for you to enjoy your Zucchini. Just remember the Zucchini is not only a good food to eat, but it also is a great food that will make your entire meals go better or provide you with with a desert that will not make you feel guilty about the good eats you are getting.