Growing Conditions for Zucchini

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Zucchini is typically considered to be a warm weather plant. Learn about the growing conditions for zucchini with help from a classically-trained chef with experience in both world-class restaurants and private dining companies in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm Farm to Table chef Teca Thompson at And today we're talking about growing conditions for zucchini. So zucchini is a warm weather plant and you want to make sure that there's no chance of frost before you start to plant it. You can either put it in a pot like I have this one here or put it directly in the ground in your garden. Just make sure the pot is about this size which is a 5 gallon pot because you need room for it to spread out and grow. You'll also want to trellis it and support it and that way the plant has something to grow up and support its leaves and give it direction as it grows. But you want to make sure to water it often, and it receives about 1 inch of water a week is preferred for the plants. And you want to make sure it's got good fertile soil. So start by amending the soil in your garden by adding organic compost or starting with a really healthy all purpose potting soil when you're going into a pot. And then you'll have beautiful delicious zucchini as long as it's warm out. It needs about 50, at least 50 days of warm weather. About 60 degrees and higher is ideal for zucchini. And you'll have fresh nice zucchini from your garden to feed your family. I'm Farm to Table chef Teca Thompson at Thank you for watching.


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