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Sowing
  • Courgettes should be planted outdoors from mid May to mid June.
  • They need to be planted in an area of full sun but which is shelter from the wind.
  • Prepare your soil by mixing in well rotten farm yard manure or alternatively you can use poultry pellets.
  • Dig your hole 12 – 15 inches deep and wide, keep your holes 3 feet apart.
  • Sow 2 or 3 seed an inch deep in each hole.
  • When your courgettes reach 2 – 3 inches in height and their first true leaves appear. Thin out the weaker seedlings.
  • 1 plant should produce 15 – 20 courgettes.
Growing
  • Keep the soil moist around the courgettes during the growing season.
  • Pinch out the tips of trailing varieties to encourage them to bush out.
  • Once your courgettes start to emerge you should feed the plant  with tomatoes feed every two weeks.
Harvesting
  • Courgettes ripen at a very fast pace.
  • You need to harvest your courgette plants frequently, up to three times a week at the height of the growing season.
  • Courgette sizes will vary due to the variety of plants.
  • As a guideline courgettes which are ready to harvest will be 4inches long.
  • Use a sharp knife and carefully cut the courgette from the plant.
  • Pulling and twisting will damage your plant.
  • Courgettes are best to be eaten fresh, but will keep in the refrigerator for 3 – 5 days.