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Heidi Strawn
February 4, 2011

Size: Up to 18 inches tall and 36 inches across

Sunlight requirements: Full sun (A minimum of four to six hours of direct sunlight is ideal.)

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Water requirements: About 1 inch per week (Mulching well cuts down on watering.)

Soil requirements: Average, well-drained garden soil rich in organic matter. Optimum pH is 6.5.

When to plant: Direct-seed after the danger of frost has passed, or start seeds indoors in peat pots under lights three to four weeks before planting outside.

Where to plant: Garden (This is best because plants grow large.); containers (5 gallons or larger)

When to harvest: 50 to 60 days after seeding. Harvest when fruits are young (6 to 8 inches in length), as they are the most tender.

Produce storage: Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. Wash, slice or shred, and freeze for year-round use.

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