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Growing Zucchini From Plug Plants

If space and time for growing vegetables from seed are tight, buy plug plants at garden centers or by mail order. They are more expensive than seed and the choice of varieties is limited, but they do offer an easy way to get started.
Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Step 1: Buy Plants

Buy compact, green plants with a healthy root system. Water well and plant out or pot on immediately to avoid checking their growth. Beware of buying zucchini and other half-hardy plants before the risk of frost has passed.

Plant Zucchini Seedlings After Risk of Frost

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Step 2: Plant Seedlings

Carefully remove each seedling from its packaging and, holding the root ball rather than the delicate leaves, plant them into prepared soil so that the top of the root ball is just below soil level.

Hold Seedling by Root Ball to Plant

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Step 3: Fertilize and Mulch

Gently firm the soil around each plant so that it is stable and water well to help it get established. Add a mulch of organic material around each plant (but not touching the stem) to retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.

Add Organic Mulch Around Each Zucchini Plant

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Step 4: Support and Water

Label, and add supports for plants that need them as they grow. Cloches are often useful to protect young plants from cold and windy weather. Continue to water the plants regularly until they are established.

Label and Add Supports to Young Plants

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Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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