How to Grow Organic Zucchini and Summer Squash

Zucchini and other summer squashes are easy to grow, especially if you provide them with fertile soil and plenty of water. Here's everything you need to know to grow zucchini in your garden.

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    The easiest way to grow zucchini and summer squash is to sow seeds directly in your garden. They'll germinate within a week, in most cases, and will thrive as long as they have full sun, fertile soil, and plenty of water.

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    You can help your zucchini grow better (and protect it from certain insect pests) by planting it near suitable companion plants in your garden. A few good options include nasturtiums, pole beans, and corn -- all of which share space well with zucchini plants.

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    The key to harvesting zucchini and other summer squashes is knowing when to do it. Wait too long, and you'll end up with a bitter, mealy mess. But, picked at just the right time, there is nothing that compares the flavor of a zucchini or pattypan squash grown and harvested fresh from your own garden.