Matures in 50 days.
Planting companions: Corn, radishes, garlic.
Unsuitable companion: Potato.
A traditional and reliable summer squash, the Dark Green Zucchini is one of the most popular varieties. The zucchinis are dark green, straight, and can measure approximately 8 inches in length.
Start your squash seeds indoors 4 weeks before the last expected ground frost. Squashes don't like to be transplanted, so opt for a large peat pot. Sow 2 seeds per pot and select the strongest when the time comes. About a week before the last frost, start acclimating your plants to outdoor life. When the soil temperature is around 18°C (65°F), transplant them into a very rich soil at 8 to 10 feet apart. You can also sow your seeds directly; wait for the soil to reach a temperature of 21°C (70°F).
Ensure to keep the soil consistently moist, and don't hesitate to use mulch to retain moisture and control weeds, in addition to keeping your squashes clean. When watering, avoid watering the leaves, as mold and fungi can develop. Cover your plants if the temperature drops to freezing.
Harvest them when they reach a length of 4-5" for the best taste. Pick the ripe squashes every day. Squashes can be stored in the refrigerator for about 3 weeks, and you can also freeze them.