How To Grow Courgettes
If you’re new or newish to vegetable gardening one of the most straightforward things to grow is a courgette plant. The seeds are easy to handle, they germinate quickly and the seedlings grow at such a satisfyingly speedy rate that even the most impatient of us couldn’t fail to be pleased. This also makes them an ideal project to undertake with children, whilst pumpkins and squash are more favoured in this respect because of their impressive size, courgettes crop more quickly and reliably, making them, I think, a better choice.
There’s still time for an August harvest so if you’d like to try some here’s how it goes. Usually you’ll get five seeds in a packet, always a dilemma because you won’t need five plants, two or three will keep a family well fed all summer long, so either sow what you think you’ll need or share the plants with a friend.For each seed you need a 7cm pot filled three quarters full with seed compost, stand this in a tray of water until compost is moist and then cover with another 2cm of compost. Place on a sunny window sill or in a greenhouse and keep damp. Once they get their second set of ‘proper leaves’ they can be planted outside in a sunny, sheltered position leaving a meter between each plant. Keep them well watered.
They are delicious picked and eaten when small, about 10cm long and of course if you can’t wait the flowers are edible as well. I’m growing variety Bianca di Trieste from Pennard Plants which appears to have sold out, Sarah Raven do have stock of it but you’ll also find plenty of choice at your local garden centre or online from the major seed suppliers such as Thompson & Morgan if you prefer.