SQUASH Zucchini, Black Beauty, Bush
A very popular variety of summer squash. Fruit is dark green, glossy and tapers towards each end. Plants are compact and easy to grow producing an abundance of fruit throughout the summer. Delicious when baked, boiled, fried, steamed and raw in a variety of recipes. Approximately 50 days to first harvest.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Sow seeds directly in garden in late spring after weather has warmed and all danger of frost has passed. Seeds can also be started in individual peat pots indoors or in the greenhouse 2 to 3 weeks before setting out. Cover seeds with 1/2 to 3/4, inch fine soil well firmed down.
SPACING: Plant 6 to 8 seeds per hill spaced 3 to 4 feet apart. Space rows 3 feet apart.
THINNING & TRANSPLANTING: Thin or transplant to 3 healthiest plants per hill. Leave 18 to 24 inches between plant rows.
GERMINATION: One to two weeks depending upon weather and soil warmth. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Zucchini grows best in a sunny location in fairly rich well drained soil. Water soil when dry avoiding spraying foliage or blossoms. Cut fruit carefully at stem when 8 inches long for best flavor, texture and continued harvest.