Golden Zucchini (Summer Squash)
Seed Count: Approx. 20 seeds
Days to Maturity: 50-55 Days
Description: An easy to grow zucchini, producing stunning vivid yellow fruit with creamy white flesh. Impress your friends with this farmer’s market staple! Best picked when fruit are under ten inches long. It has mild flavor, heavy yields, and is super versatile in many recipes. Try zucchini fritters or ratatouille!
Mint2Grow Tip: Zucchini is great for containers. I grow one zucchini plant per 10 gallon grow bag. I'll even companion plant them with peas. If I'm really tight on space, I use a tomato cage to keep the leafy growth upright so that I have more walking room in the garden.
How To Grow
Sowing: In cool climates, start seeds indoors a month before the last expected frost. Squashes do not take well to transplanting, so peat pots or pellets are the best option. Plant two seeds per pot 1/2" deep, thinning out the weaker seedling. Make sure to harden seedlings before transplanting. Transplant when the soil temperature reaches at least 65 degrees F, in very rich soil 8-10' apart in rows 10-12' apart. Direct sow in warmer climates when soil reaches 70 degrees F.
Growing: Squash seedlings do not tolerate cold weather, so provide protective coverings if it drops below 65 degrees F. Keep soil moist at all times, however, avoid wetting squash leaves because it can cause diseases such as rot or mildew. When the vines begin to develop, a layer of mulch will help conserve moisture, control weeds, and keep the squashes clean. Squash are susceptible to squash borers, cucumber beetles, and squash bugs. Squash borers can and will kill your plants overnight, so make sure to keep an eye for damage, and take precautions to protect your plants, like applying an organic insecticide or diatomaceous earth. Golden Zucchini have compact growth habits. Companion plant squashes along with corn and beans, but avoid planting them with potatoes.
Harvesting: This zucchini tastes best when harvested at a length of 4-5". When it begins to produce mature zucchinis, pick them every day or two to keep the plant productive. They keep well in the fridge for about two weeks and freeze well.
When the squash reach their mature size, the seeds are ready for saving. Cut the squash open, remove the seeds, and rinse off the pulp. Put the mixture in a bowl of water to remove the remaining pulp. The good seeds will sink to the bottom. Remove the good seeds and spread them out until completely dry for 2-3 weeks. Store up to four years.