Here is all about Zucchini like Scientific name, Nutrition, sowing to harvest, health benefits and some recipes. You must know about it.
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Now, whatever you know zucchini as,they’re renowned for being outrageously prolific. Just two or three of these plants is enough to keep a small family in these versatile fruits all summer long! If you haven’t started yours off already, don’t panic.
Zucchini scientific Name and Family
Scientific name of zucchini is Cucurbita pepo and It belongs to Cucurbits family.
Here is about zucchini calories.
Nutrition in zucchini(1 cup)
- Calories: 17
- Protein: 1 gram
- Fat: less than 1 gram
- Carbs: 3 grams
- Sugar: 1 gram
- Fiber: 1 gram
- Vitamin A: 40% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
- Manganese: 16% of the RDI
- Vitamin C: 14% of the RDI
- Potassium: 13% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 10% of the RDI
- Vitamin K: 9% of the RDI
- Folate: 8% of the RDI
- Copper: 8% of the RDI
- Phosphorus: 7% of the RDI
- Vitamin B6: 7% of the RDI
- Thiamine: 5% of the RDI
Growing Zucchini (Courgettes) from Sowing to Harvest
There’s still plenty of time. And in this video I’m going to talk to you through the whole process, from sowing to glorious, magnificent harvest!
Types of zucchini
Zucchini are warm season crops, with compact, bushy or trailing varieties to pick from. Compact types are good for containers — indeed anywhere you don’t have a lot of space — while trailing types may be trained as climbers to grow up supports such as trellising or wire mesh. Green zucchini are always going to be popular,but try a few of their more charismatic cousins as well, including varieties with yellow fruits, striped or ribbed fruits, and even round fruits like this one here.
Where to grow zucchini
Zucchini are members of the squash family, so they need to be bathed in warmth and sunshine to thrive. Shelter them from strong winds too, so bees and other insects can go about pollinating the flowers in peace.
Their robust growth and big leaves make them hungry feeders. Add plenty of garden compost or well-rotted manure to the soil before planting. In fact, you can even plant zucchini on top of a compost heap — if you won’t be needing it till autumn that is.
Or prepare planting pockets. A few weeks before planting, dig out a hole, fill it with compost, then return some of the soil,along with a handful of organic fertilizer. The nutrient rich filling will prove a veritable feast for the plants growing in it.
How to sow zucchini
You can sow zucchini directly outside after your last frost date. Make a depression into the soil about half an inch (1cm) deep, then drop in two seeds.
Cover them back over, and pop a clear jar or half a plastic bottle over the top to serve as a miniature green house to speed things along. Once the seedlings are up, remove the weakest to leave just one in each position.
Direct sowing like this works just fine,but I prefer to get a bit of a head start by sowing under cover in a green house a couple of weeks earlier.
Fill pots or plug trays with potting mix, and sow one seed per pot or plug on its edge like this. They will germinate quickest with a little warmth, but so long as you can guarantee a frost-free environment, they’ll eventually push through.
You can also sow into seed flats or trays to separate out and pot on after germination. Do this as soon after germination as you’re able. About this size is perfect, before the roots become entangled.
Fill your pots and, holding the seedling by its leaves (not the stem), feed in the potting mix around the sides.Firm in and water.
But, hey, when should you sow? Our Garden Planner can help. It pulls data from your nearest weather station, which means it automatically works out your last frost date.
In this example, sowing direct outdoors (shown here in green) can begin from early May, but sowing undercover, in a greenhouse or tunnel for example, can start from mid-April, or even sooner if you don’t mind potting young plants on a few times before it’s time to plant them outside. READ MORE