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Zucchini thrive best on a nutrient-rich soil. Therefore, they should be fertilized regularly for a profitable harvest.Like their relatives, the pumpkins and cucumbers, the courgettes also thrive especially in warm weather and in a moist and nutrient-rich soil. Under these conditions, the plants can grow up healthy and thus provide the gardener with a profitable harvest.
Unfortunately, the summer weather in our latitudes is often changeable. Cool summer days are therefore not uncommon. If the harvest is good, then it is advisable to provide the zucchini with additional nutrients. Artificial fertilizer is not essential. Has proven itself for all cucurbits of natural fertilizers.
Prepare the bed well and fertilize the plants properly
Zucchini have a high nutrient requirement and are therefore often referred to by hobby gardeners as a "heavy drinker". Therefore, the beds should be well prepared and fertilized before planting.
Compost and dung in the ground
It has proven useful to incorporate compost and manure in the soil in the autumn. Before the zucchini are planted in the field in the following spring, it is advisable to enrich the cultivated area with compost and a natural long-term fertilizer, such as horn meal or horn shavings, about three weeks before.
»By the way: Zucchini is only planted after the ice sacs.
Liquid fertilizer after planting
If you have placed your zucchini in the garden and have grown well, then you should regularly water your plants with a fertilizer solution. It does not necessarily have to be the commercially available liquid fertilizer. You can also make yourself a natural fertilizer, such as nettle.
Fertilizing solution self-made
To make a stinging nettle, pick some stinging nettles before flowering. Then you come in a large sealable container, such as a rain barrel. Now pour water on the stinging nettles until they are covered and cover the barrel.
Let the watering nettles stand for 8 to 10 days. The brew should be stirred daily. A short time later nettles begin to ferment and release nitrogen from their plant tissue.
Every two weeks mix the irrigation water with nutrient solution
After 10 days, remove the manure and remove coarse plant parts of the fermented nettles. Otherwise they could clog the watering can.
Add the slurry diluted in the ratio 1:10 every 10 to 14 days to the irrigation water. The stinging nettle is an excellent fertilizer for all plants with high nutritional needs in the garden.