Grow Your Own Courgettes

07 May 2013 | Posted in Gardening by The Marshalls Family

Courgette plant in raised bed

 

Grow Your Own Courgettes

If you love courgettes then you should definitely try growing your own, it's so easy. They are one of the most prolific vegetables you can grow at home!

Courgette plants are greedy feeders so it pays dividends to prepare the area in advance, dig in plenty of well-rotted compost or manure, Organic Extra is perfect for this and it won't scorch your plants so can also be used as a mulch ones you've planted them.

Sow seeds indoors in 3in pots from April through to the end of May or outdoors late May early June. Alternatively if you don't have the space or the inclination to grow from seed you can use young plants which will be ready from late May.

Plants will need to be hardened off by placing them outside during the day, bringing them in at night for about a week, gradually leave them outside in a warm sheltered spot overnight too. Once hardened off they can be planted in a prepared and enriched sunny, sheltered spot. Water well and for the best results keep the soil around the roots evenly moist but avoid watering the foliage. When the first fruits begin to form start to feed weekly with a liquid tomato food.

Once they begin cropping harvest them when they are 10cm (4in) long and remember, the more you cut the more they'll produce, so check plants regularly or you'll be finding marrows instead!

If you don't have space in the garden courgette plants will grow quite happily in a Gro-sack or Greenhouse Gro-bed on the patio, just ensure they don't dry out.

In just a few weeks you'll be cutting your first tender courgettes and don't forget the flowers are edible too!

 

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