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The most popular summer squash is zucchini. It can be steamed, sautéed or boiled, and its mild flavor makes it an excellent choice for anything from casseroles to barbecue skewers. Many gardeners unintentionally grow more zucchini than they can eat and end up giving it away to coworkers, family and friends.
Choose a planting location in full sun and prepare your soil. Well-drained soil is preferable, so it should be on the sandy side. Mix compost into the garden soil until the dirt breaks apart easily.
Make a mound of dirt by forming a circle with the point of a hoe, pushing the soil inwards. The circle should measure about 1½ to 2 feet across.
Plant your zucchini squash seeds after all threat of frost has passed. Push five zucchini seeds into the top of the mound, approximately 1 inch deep and 1 inch apart. Cover them with soil. If the seed packet you purchase gives other planting directions, follow them. Different varieties of squash require different planting directions.
Keep the soil moist, but not sopping, until the zucchini plants germinate and pop through the top of the soil.
Remove the two smallest seedlings and keep three plants.
Water the squash plants by filling the moat around the mound. Forcing the roots to grow down into the earth creates a strong and secure plant.
Harvest your zucchini when it is underdeveloped, about 5 or 6 inches long. Zucchini does not have a long "shelf life." Don't pick more than you can eat or give away.