Growing vegetables is not just for people who have yards to till. Even people who live in urban settings such as an apartment can grow delicious vegetables in pots. One hardy vegetable to grow in pots is the zucchini. Zucchini has lots of nutritional value and will grow even in harsh conditions. You will need a pot that will accommodate the root system of the zucchini plants. To keep the zucchini vines from spreading, cage the zucchini like you would a tomato plant.
Place the pot upside down and make sure that there are drainage holes in the bottom. Drill several 7/16-inch holes around the bottom circumference of the pot or bucket, if there are no draining holes.
Place the pot right side up and position the pot where you want to grow the zucchini. Zucchini needs to have at least 6 to 8 hours of full sunlight. Layer the bottom of the pot with 2 inches of pea gravel. The gravel will help provide good drainage for the soil.
Fill the bucket within 2 inches of the top with organic vegetable potting soil. Poke three holes with your index finger 1 inch into the soil. Make the three holes in a triangle pattern and space them at least 6 inches from each other.
Place seeds into each hole according to the package directions. Usually you will be placing three to five seeds in each hole. Cover the seeds loosely with soil and water the soil lightly. Add just enough water to moisten the soil.
Remove the smaller plants when your seedlings are about 3 inches tall. Keep the taller stronger seedlings. When the seedlings begin to spread out, attach a 2-foot ring of chicken wire or a tomato cage around the circumference of the pot. As the zucchini grows you can thread the vines through the cage instead of the vines overtaking the area and spreading out.
Water the zucchini once a week with a water-soluble fertilizer. Water the zucchini as necessary throughout the week with straight water. The soil should remain moist but not saturated.
Pick zucchinis when the fruits are 6 to 8 inches long throughout the season. This will help promote more growth. The younger zucchinis also have a thinner skin, and you can enjoy the whole zucchini rather than having to peel them.
Things You Will Need
- 12-inch or larger pot (5 gallon buckets work well)
- Pea gravel
- Organic vegetable potting soil
- Zucchini seeds
- Water-soluble fertilizer