Squash - Zucchini Black Beauty Summer Squash, Certified Organic

Avg seeds/pkt 40

These dark, glossy summer squash grow from showy, deep-yellow flowers on compact bushes. I thought I preferred smaller zucchini until a few 14 inch clubs were discovered to be delicious when sliced thick and marinated in lemon juice and olive oil, then grilled until golden brown.

Choose a sunny location and loosen the soil, digging in plenty of compost or well-rotted manure to form low mounds spaced 4 feet apart. When all danger of frost has passed, and soil temperature is above 60°F, sow 4 to 6 seeds 1-inch deep and 6 inches apart in each mound. Firm soil and keep moist. Over-watering can cause seeds to rot. Interplant with borage to attract pollinators, and with radishes to deter insect pests.

Seedlings emerge in 5 to 10 days. When plants first form flowers, thin by snipping all but 2 plants per mound, and side-dress with compost or a low-nitrogen fertilizer, or foliar-feed with dilute liquid kelp. Water deeply twice a week.

Harvest for peak flavor and texture when squash are 6- to 8-inches long, about 45 days after germination.

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