Courgettes are beautiful architectural plants that could easily sit in a border as well as a veggie plot. Sutton’s offer a superb choice of Courgette varieties. The ‘Sure thing’ is a courgette Hybrid that does what it says on the tin.
For a really full of flavour courgette the ‘Golden Zucchini ‘can’t be beaten . ‘Tarmino’ is a handy variety as it can be put in the freezer meaning you don’t waste any of the Courgette glut. These amazing plants can produce fruits will produce fruit for up to 4 months of a season.
How to grow Courgette from seed?
- Start your Courgette seeds in a heated propagator, place a couple of seeds to a pot or space them evenly in a seed tray
- Once they have germinated and have two leaves, pot the young plants on in a decent peat free compost and bury them deep, right up to their necks. This will cause the young stem to produce roots and make for a sturdy plant
- You need to wait until the passing of any late frosts before planting out Courgettes in their final spot. 1st of June is a good marker of when to plant courgettes
- Keep your Courgettes well-watered as they start to put on growth , if you are keeping your seedlings on a window-sill them on a window-sill turn them regularly to keep the growth even
- Courgettes are susceptible to Mildews and moulds , remove any leaves that are infected . Give them a nice thick organic mulch once the flowers start to form, this will reduce chances of mildews
A good way to deal with weedy ground is to grow Courgettes through artificial black mulch such as Mypex. Lay it over the weedy ground cut a cross into the Mypex and plant throug. You can then apply Organic mulches on top of this.
Growing courgettes in pots
Courgettes are easy to grow in pots, but you need to select the right type of courgette seed, the F1 defender, Courcourzelle, F1 Atena are ideal courgettes varieties to grow in pots or containers
When to harvest courgettes?
Pick Courgettes when they are young and not too large. Courgettes will put on a lot of growth quickly and become Marrow like and lose flavour.
For more information see our courgette growing guide
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