Growing Zucchini in Containers

Growing Zucchini in a container may be more of a challenge than I thought. I’ve been eating a lot of zucchini lately, in vegetable and egg white omelettes. I thought it would be fun to grow a couple of plants of my own. I don’t have a large garden, so decided containers would be the way to go. You can see one of my two plants in the photo above. They seem to be doing well. In the second photo you can see that they are already forming flower buds.

Today when I started writing this post I researched growing zucchini and  learned they prefer growing in mounds of earth. They can be grown in large containers, so hopefully mine will do well in the pots I chose, which are not the recommended five gallon size. Looks like I should have done my research first. I also learned that tomato cages are a good idea and added one to each container.  Apparently you can also buy zucchini seeds that were develped especially for container growing. They like lots of water, but need to have good drainage. Soil should be kept moist, but not soggy. It’s a good idea to check the container daily to make sure the soil is not completely dry. Full sun all day long is also preferable. Unfortunately as you can see in the photo below, we’ve been having a very cold and rainy spring in southern California.


I went outside today hoping to be able to photograph some noticeable  growth in my plants, but not much is happening. Next week we are supposed to finally get some warm sunny weather, so hopefully I will be able to show you some real progress on my zucchini crop.

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