I've been putting off doing a zucchini post because, to be honest, my zucchini isn't looking too good.
It all started off well. I planted 4 seedlings in this container (2 on each side) and they sprang right up. Lots of leaves, didn't seem to be overcrowded, but I didn't expect the leaves to be so big! (June 11th):
The first buds on June 14th:
The first blossom (June 17th):
Then came the dreaded cucumber beetles on June 20th along with ittle bittle fruit (which wasn't pollinated and withered away):
Exponential growth on June 27th:
Shortly after this the 4 zucchini plants flopped over and the leaves started bending and turning yellow. Still getting zucchini, but it's just not as pretty as it was before. As my friend Mary said, the zucchini would be a lot happier on the ground (July12th):
I'm pretty sure the one on the back left had bacterial wilt so I cut it off at the stem after harvesting exactly 1 zucchini from it. I also removed all the yellow, dying leaves from the remaining 3 plants and it all looked a little bit better on Saturday:
In the comments on my GTS posting yesterday I was asked how many zucchini I expected these plants to produce. Since I have absolutely no idea (first garden here folks), I decided I would keep track, although at this point I am afraid the plants are not going to last the season. I'm already trying to figure out where I can plant zucchini in the ground next year. The whole yard is riddled with tree roots so it is going to be an interesting problem to contemplate. I didn't plant in containers just because they're pretty!
Zucchinis harvested to date: 4
UPDATE: I seem to get a lot of Google hits on this post from people searching for yellow dying leaves zucchini. If that's how you got here, then you may want to check out the follow up post for what was wrong with the zucchini.