njpagirl
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Zucchini in a Smart Pot?

We put in a raised bed last year for the first time. Overall, everything did great but the zucchini was lacking the room it needed. I thought about planting a zucchini in a fabric smart pot - 20 gallon. Would this work? Also, since it will be outside of fenced raised bed, will the bunnies snack on it?

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Wow.... new stuff all the time!

I had never heard of a smart pot, so looked it up:

[url=https://www.wayfair.com/Smart-Pot-Plant-Container-RC-NRM1000.html?refid=GPA49-NRM1000_5888423&PiID=5888423&gclid=CO_p2oqssa0CFUOo4AodBFaLmQ]smart pot[/url]

Keeps the plant from getting pot bound. Very cool. Since I obviously know nothing about smart pots, I can't really speak to how well your zuke will do, but 20 gal sounds like it should be enough

Re the rabbits, I think they do eat the leaves and flowers of zucchini.
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The problem with that is squash and zucchini love the heat but there roots like it cool shady in the afternoon. I tried growing them in barrels and that did not work for me. I did have luck digging a hole putting a bag of good compost in the hole after punching several holes in the bag for drainage. they did outstanding I planted them where they could get a little afternoon shade they did fantastic. I did not think up that idea I seen it in a old organic gardening magazine in the 80's. I have grown tomatoes squash artichokes and melons in bags.

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I expect that the afternoon shade and shade on the roots is a lot more critical there in AZ than it would be for us in OH and PA...
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I live in northern Arizona it gets up to a 100 once in a while but that is not the norm for the area mid 90's during the summer heat. I read in organic gardening 20 to 30 years ago to plant your squash melons cucumbers where there roots are cooler afternoon shade that you will have a better harvest and since I have done so I could really see a big difference. But you might be right who knows for sure.

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Thanks!

Hmm. I'll probably give it a try but now will definately think about the sun vs shade options.

Thanks much!



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