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Plant in full sun

Zucchinis are warm weather crops but can tolerate cooler temperatures better than other cucurbits like cucumber or melon but do not do well in humid conditions so it is advisable to plant them in full sun. To improve the germination rate, soak the seeds for three days between two wet cotton cloths. Use only seeds that have partly germinated. Sow three seeds at 1.5cm deep per planting hole. Then thin out to the most vigorous plant after two to three weeks. The growing vines need to be supported regularly to avoid breakage or touching the ground, but most varieties will form big, sturdy non-climbing plants. You can eat the blossoms It grows from a golden blossom that blooms under the leaves. They don’t normally sell the blooms but you can find them at farmers’ markets. And they aren’t just for looking at but you can eat them too.

Pest and diseases

The crops are attacked by pests and diseases similar to those that affect cucurbits (cucumber, melon and pumpkin) although courgettes are the toughest breed. Pests include fruit flies, epilachna beetle, spider mite, white fly, powdery and downy mildew and wet rot (if vines are grown on the ground), mosaic virus and wilt.

Plant of the Month Fresh dill

Its unmistakable fresh taste and aroma makes this wonder herb a first choice for many. Fresh dill is used for its seeds and leaves both for its culinary and medicinal properties. Its origins are traced back to Southern Europe where it grew in the wild and was later grown in Asia.

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