June 23, 2017

Spineless Wonder

Spineless Beauty zucchini

Janine Pineo Photo | Spineless Beauty zucchini

If one thinks roses are the only thorns in the garden, then one hasn’t grown edible plants. A good many plants can be a huge pain, especially the varieties in Cucurbita pepo, which don’t sport thorns per se, but spines with needlelike precision. Get a few of those sticking in your hand or brushing along your arm and soon the itch will start. Enter the wonder that is Spineless Beauty zucchini. Nary a spine will scratch as you reach in to pick the gorgeous medium dark-green fruits that grow on extremely vigorous plants. This year in the vegetable patch, the plants are easily 4 feet tall with a similar spread and have been producing fruit consistently for a few weeks. Zucchini is one of the easiest plants to grow from seed, requiring full sun for the best production and early protection – such as a row cover – from cucumber beetles, which can carry bacterial wilt, a disease that can completely destroy young plants. Just uncover the plants after the cucumber beetles have had their season so the pollinators can do their work and soon you will be rolling in zucchini. No itching necessary.

Seed source: Fedco Seeds