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Cucurbits: Zucchini and Summer Squash

With dozens of cucurbit vegetable varieties to choose from, the right selection means the difference between success and disappointment. Use this guide to determine what zucchini and summer squash will suit you best.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Defender Zucchini is Heavy Early Producer
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A phenomenally productive early variety. If harvested small, fruits will keep coming until mid-fall, and they are delicious. Plants are resistant to cucumber mosaic virus, which can cause other varieties to fail.

Sow: Mid-spring to early summer
Harvest: Midsummer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

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