May 02 , 2017
Anyone who's ever grown zucchini in their garden can tell you how easy it is to raise a bumper crop. Once the vines start producing, there's always a preponderance of this highly nutritious summer squash. Give zucchini plenty of water and something to ramble on to raise the fruit off the ground. Harvest when fruit are still young and tender—6 to 8 in. long—for best flavor. Squash bugs can suck sap from leaves and stems, leaving vines wilted. You can hand pick the bugs and drop them in a jar of soapy water. Or, if the infestation is bad, spray with a pesticide labeled for edibles. To prevent squash bug infestations from getting started, put a row cover over new plants. Remove when blooms appear to facilitate pollination.
Photo Courtesy of Bonnie Plants