It’s surprising to know that you can regrow your delicious zucchini from leftovers. So next time, you don’t have to buy this summer squash, because you can grow zucchini from scraps.
Apart from just being a money saver, growing vegetables in your backyard will fill your plate with exceptional nutrients.
Yes, I know you’re here to unleash the process to grow courgette (or zucchini) from kitchen scraps.
But, before jumping into how to grow section, few more lines and you’re free to scroll on listed steps to below.
Growing Vegetables from Kitchen Scarps
Instead of throwing leftover vegetables you can plant them in soil and water them to magically regrow veggies in couple of weeks.
This way, you’re actually reducing the waste and simultaneously saving your pocket.
Apart from this, the joy of growing your own food is endless. Only gardeners can feel this happiness.
Note: You don’t have to be an expert to grow your own vegetables. Best soil with little care and sunlight will do wonders.
If you’re ready for this journey; then stay focused for few minutes to know how to magically regrow from kitchen leftovers.
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How to Grow Zucchini from Scraps?
It’s damn simple to grow vegetables in your backyards.
But, there are few small yet essential things to keep in mind while planting. Without this, your vegetable plant may end-up dying or with no fruit.
Soil requirement, Water and Sunlight are three important aspects of your plant.
Apart from this, temperature, fertilizers and pests may impact your harvest.
Zucchini grow in warm soil and temperature range above 70° F.
Step-by-Step Method to Grow Zucchini from Kitchen Scarps
#1 Make your own seeds
- Choose matured zucchini from the scraps, so that seeds can be easily germinated. Fruit with immature seeds will not germinate.
- Scoop all the seeds using your hand or spoon.
- Wash the seeds in water to remove any pulp and pat dry using a paper towel.
- Place the seeds on window sill to dry the seeds under sunlight.
- Turn the seeds after couple of days, so that moisture is completely dried.
How long does it take dry seeds?
If you washed the pulp thoroughly, it may take 3-4 days until it become dry and crisp.
Note: Don’t expect that every seed will germinate. Depending on soil, climate and other conditions germination ratio will be 70-80 percent (20-30 percent of seeds may fail to germinate).
#2 Choosing a Container
Most gardeners prefer to germinating seeds in a tray with coconut coir or potting mix. After seedlings appear and reach at least 3 inches of height, then they are transplanted to other containers.
If you’re just starting your gardening journey, then I don’t recommend this method; because minor mistake can kill your plant.
Choose a container and grow the zucchini plant in it.
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#3 Preparing Soil
Your soil must be well-drained to remove excess water and at the same time should have good water retention.
Zucchini needs soil with pH between 6.0 to 7.5 for best grow.
#4 Sowing Seeds
After filling your container with potting mix, make 2 inch deep hole with your finger and drop 2-3 seeds in each hole. This is because; if any seeds fail to germinate the other will save.
After sowing, water gently using sprinkler and keep in a warm and dark place. Germination will take place in couple of days.
Not just watering regularly, but smart watering is essential.
Water your plants slowly, so that they get enough time to absorb the water. Overhead watering may result in diseases.
Water your plant twice in a day. Start in the dawn, so that your zucchini plant get enough time for water retention and maximum exposure to sunlight will prevent pests that may arrive due to moisture.
Make sure that top soil of the container is moist up to 1 inch.
During rain fall and in winter season, you might have to reduce watering cycle. Just watch the soil and drainage, this will assist you the amount of water.
#6 Ideal Temperature
As mentioned above, it’s a warm weather loving plant. Temperature of 70°F or 21°C in day time is favorable for this plant.
Night time temperature of 40°F or 4°C is needed.
Good exposure to sunlight will do wonders for this plant and you can expect a bunch of zucchini in your vegetable garden.
How much space do zucchini plants need to grow?
If you’re planning to grow zucchini in a container, then one plant will occupy the whole space.
It’s a bulky upright plant; for good air flow, good exposure of sunlight and to avoid diseases, planting zucchini in 2-4 feet spacing is recommended.
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Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorus are essential for your plant to flower and fruit. If you’re willing to grow chemical free vegetables, then you can opt for organic fertilizers for your zucchini plant.
Liquid fertilizers are best to stimulate healthy growth of the plant.
Leaves turning yellow and crispy must be removed. Damaged and unwanted stems should be pruned for healthy growth of the plant.
Mulching will help to protect your plant from weeds and frost. It also inhibits growth of weeds. You can check organic mulch options for vegetable garden here.
Pests & Diseases
Look your plant regularly for pests and diseases. If you see infected leaves, then remove them.
Check this article that will help to prevent pests in gardening.
You can plant other plants that help to repel insects and pests.
Mulching is one of the best ways to protect your plant from pests and it also prevents soil erosion.
You can expect zucchini after 45 to 55 days.
Collect fresh fruit with immature seeds to use in your dish. Use sharp knife or scissor to harvest zucchini.
Research show that harvesting time will impact the quality of yield. So, it’s recommended that you harvest the fruit when they reach 3 to 4 inches of diameter.
Also Read: How to Increase Tomato Fruit Size?
Most plants are self-pollinators.
Normally pollination is done by bees any other flies. If you don’t see any pollinators, then you can manually pollinate using your hand.
Also Read: Do Tomato Plants Self Pollinate?
How to Grow Zucchini from Seeds?
Preferred method to propagate zucchini is through seeds.
Instead of scooping the seeds from the matured zucchini, you can actually buy the best variety of seeds from local gardening store.
This way, you can purchase the best cultivar that can survive your climatic conditions and give your surplus supply of summer squash.
Best time to sow zucchini seeds indoors is late April or early May. If you’re planning to start in backyard or container, then late May or early June is recommended.
Above mentioned pH of soil (6-7.5) and temperature (above 70 F) is recommended for healthy growth of zucchini plant.
Use natural organic fertilizers for chemical free yield. These fertilizers are packed with NPK that boost the growth of roots, stems, blossoms and in turn you get quality fruit.
To fight pests and diseases, instead of going for chemical filled pesticides, you can make your own natural liquid pesticide at home. Some of them are garlic spray, neem leaf, eucalyptus oil and diatomaceous earth. You can find more such recipes here.
Important: Zucchini Plant Care
Plants need utmost care in initial stages of growth. Once, they grow-up plants can survive with minimum resources.
- Caring starts right from selecting seeds. Do your research and prefer the variety of seeds that has quality yield with good resistance towards pests.
- Transplanting seedlings need utmost care, as they are too delicate to handle.
- You must water wisely, instead of over-watering. Slow watering will increase water retention.
- Soil you prefer in the container has major impact on your yield. Almost all gardening experts recommend potting mix to grow vegetables in containers. This will ensure drainage of excess water and is packed with natural fertilizers.
- Pruning and mulching are important for growing plants. These two techniques will stimulate formation of flower and improve your yield.
- Tilling of soil after few weeks will increase water retention and inhibit weed growth. You can do this by slightly digging around the plant stem using cultivator fork.
- Apart from watering, you must make sure that your zucchini plant is getting enough sunlight. As mentioned above, this vegetable plant loves to get exposed to sunlight.
- Do your research to find about pests or diseases that attacked your plant.
Lastly, harvest on time. I personally, got good results when I harvest on time. Even researchers states that it has good impact on yield.
Hope now, you’ll not throw the leftover and grow zucchini from scraps!