Squash, Zucchini, Dark Green Summer (Cucurbita pepo) - 25 seeds
Dark Green Zucchini Summer Squash (Cucurbita pepo) - 25 seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones 3-12
This is the traditional, reliable zucchini that just keeps on producing. They are very similar to Black Beauty, but are ready a bit sooner, taking about 50 days to mature. They are dark green and nice and straight, reaching about 8 inches in length.
Gardeners with short growing seasons may want to start their squash seeds indoors a month before the last expected frost. Since squashes do not take well to transplanting, peat pots are the best option. Plant 2 seeds per pot, later clipping off the weaker seedling. Harden the seedlings by exposing them to weather for several hours a day for a week before transplanting them after the last frost once soil temps average above 65°F. Plant in very rich soil, 8-10 inches apart in rows 10-12" apart.
To direct sow, plant the seeds a week or so after the last frost ½” deep, 3-4” apart and thin to 8-10” apart. Avoid planting them with potatoes. Keep moist, but avoid soaking the leaves as this can lead to rot or mildew. When vines develop, adding a layer of much can be very beneficial.