Asphalt Garden: Pampering My Zucchini and Crossing My Fingers

I was thrilled to see tiny zucchini fruit starting to form on my plant; so far this summer cultivating zucchini has been the most difficult of the vegetables I planted.

Zucchini plants are supposed to be easy – put them in the ground, and soon you’re harvesting so many zucchini you’re giving them away.

Photo taken May 9.

Photo taken May 23.

Photo taken June 6.

Since the first week I planted my zucchini, I’ve had seemingly healthy plant leaves completely shrivel up and die. When I wrote about this six weeks ago, my plan was to spray the zucchini with fungicide, hoping that would stop the problem.

It didn’t. I was tempted to dig up my plant and start again, but decided I would ride it out and try and learn as much as I could about gardening with zucchinis with my one sick plant.

I’ve taken pictures of my zucchini every two weeks, and as you can see, it hasn’t gotten much bigger, even a month later. Zucchini plants are supposed to be huge, and I’m afraid my plant will never get there.

The theory I’ve tested over the past two weeks is that my leaves are turning brown and dying simply because the plant isn’t getting enough water. My gardening books say zucchinis like a lot of water; I was never under-watering my plant, but in the practice of scientific discovery, I went the other direction and gave my plant a good soaking each morning.

The extra water hasn’t harmed my plant, but I’m not sure if it has helped, either. If you take a close look at the photo I snapped today (June 6), there are tiny yellow spots forming on the edges of the largest green leaves.

As long as I can harvest fruit, I don’t care about how big my plant gets. Hopefully I’ll be sauteing up fresh zucchini next week.

  • Lydia

    I’ve had a lot of trouble with zucchini, too. I wonder what the secret is to bountiful plants.

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