Well! Those seeds shot up, and before frost set in a few weeks later, I had a full crop of zucchini.
These things are fast. The nursery says that they take 48 days from planting to setting fruit, but I have found that they actually shoot up much quicker than that in my garden. I have planted seeds and had little zucchinis sprouting on the plants in about 3 weeks. Once a small zucchini starts — don't blink! They'll be huge overnight. This is one of my all-time favorite garden staples, now; it doesn't even fall prey to squash bugs.
I have been picking 4 to 5 zucchini off this plant every week since June, and the fruit is delicious. It's mild, with a thin skin, and I have made it into muffins and breads, but also grilled and sautéed it. Delicious!
The plant itself is rather beautiful; it has serrated and lobed leaves with splashes of white. The flowers of course are beautiful — a vibrant egg yolk yellow. This would be a wonderful plant for the back deck. Just plant a seed or two in a big 5-gallon pot, and give it some organic fertilizer or compost. Water well, and then sit back and wait for your zucchini to emerge.
• Find it: Raven (F1) (Cucurbita pepo), $2.35 for a packet at Johnny's Seeds
Have you ever planted zucchini in a pot?
(Images: Faith Durand)