Courgettes are one of the most versatile vegetables there are in the kitchen, with trending recipes like courgette spaghetti, and turn a courgette into a moist, healthy baked cake. They are architectural in growth and can easily sit in a border or veg patch. You can shop a range of Courgette varieties at Dobies for your latest addition at the allotment.
The ‘Sure thing’ is a courgette Hybrid that does what it says on the tin and for a really full of flavour courgette, the 'Golden Zucchini' can’t be beaten. These crops can produce fruits 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 then turn them regularly to keep the growth even
- Courgettes are susceptible to Mildews and moulds, so 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
Fed up with weedy ground? The best way to deal with it 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 through. You can then apply Organic mulches on top of this.
Growing courgettes in pots and containers
Nowadays, you don’t need a garden to grow veg and you can easily grow courgettes in pots and containers if you select the right seed from the start. The F1 Defender, Courcourzelle and F1 Atena are a few ideal varieties to begin with.
When to harvest courgettes?
We know that Courgettes grow very quickly and if they get too large, they lose flavour and become marrow like. Be sure to pick them when they are young and smaller to get the tastiest and flavoursome crops.
To find out more handy hints and tips, check out our courgette growing guide.
Buy Courgette seeds online from Dobies!