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How to grow Courgette/ Zuchinni/ Marrow

Planting Months

April - June

Harvest Months

July - October

Planting guide

The amount of plants a family of four will need is around 2-3. This will most likely provide you with a ton of courgettes. Most people who grow courgettes have a glut of them and will have many over the period of time they are fruiting. They can keep for a reasonably long time, some varieties keep for longer than others. Some can last a few weeks and others may not last for as long. If you are growing for fewer people you still need 2 for pollination.

It is a good idea to plant multiple seeds at once in the same pot and weed out the weakest ones and leave the strongest to grow. Some of your seeds may not germinate but this is natural and the reason we plant multiple seeds. The best place to start them is indoors in a sunny windowsill. The best time for sowing indoors is around mid March to April but check the packet to be sure. To plant outdoors they can be planted in late May.

This plant needs to be started off in a smaller pot/seed tray indoors for 6-8 weeks. When starting plants indoors you will need to slowly introduce the sunlight to them. You can do this by starting off by taking them outside for a few hours and then the next day leave them out longer and the next day even longer until for about 2 weeks.

Growing Tips

Courgettes need to be planted around 3 feet apart, this is because they grow long trailing stems.

The best soil to plant the courgettes in is soil that has been mulched with manure. This is because they are very nutrient hungry plants. The more they are fed the more they will grow. They need to be fed while they are flowering and fruiting at around every 2 weeks. They can be fed an ash-based feed. They can also be fed chicken manure pellets but the ash feed is better.

Courgettes drink a lot of water and need to be watered often. Ideally once or twice a day, or better when the soil has dried out around an inch deep. They are hard to overwater and need to be soaked. For example, when it rains they are being watered for a long period of time, you need to mimic this when you are watering. Some people plant them inside pots in the ground to get the most water to the roots.

The best time to harvest them is when they are the size you want. Once they get too big and old they can be a bit tough to eat the skin. The bigger they are the more energy the plant puts into growing fruit, so if you want lots of smaller courgettes remember to harvest regularly.

How to grow Courgette/Zuchinni/Marrow

Planting Months

April - June

Harvest Months

July - October

The amount of plants a family of four will need is around 2-3. This will most likely provide you with a ton of courgettes. Most people who grow courgettes have a glut of them and will have many over the period of time they are fruiting. They can keep for a reasonably long time, some varieties keep for longer than others. Some can last a few weeks and others may not last for as long. If you are growing for fewer people you still need 2 for pollination.

Planting guide

It is a good idea to plant multiple seeds at once in the same pot and weed out the weakest ones and leave the strongest to grow. Some of your seeds may not germinate but this is natural and the reason we plant multiple seeds. The best place to start them is indoors in a sunny windowsill. The best time for sowing indoors is around mid March to April but check the packet to be sure. To plant outdoors they can be planted in late May.

This plant needs to be started off in a smaller pot/seed tray indoors for 6-8 weeks. When starting plants indoors you will need to slowly introduce the sunlight to them. You can do this by starting off by taking them outside for a few hours and then the next day leave them out longer and the next day even longer until for about 2 weeks.

Growing Tips

Courgettes need to be planted around 3 feet apart, this is because they grow long trailing stems.

The best soil to plant the courgettes in is soil that has been mulched with manure. This is because they are very nutrient hungry plants. The more they are fed the more they will grow. They need to be fed while they are flowering and fruiting at around every 2 weeks. They can be fed an ash-based feed. They can also be fed chicken manure pellets but the ash feed is better.

Courgettes drink a lot of water and need to be watered often. Ideally once or twice a day, or better when the soil has dried out around an inch deep. They are hard to overwater and need to be soaked. For example, when it rains they are being watered for a long period of time, you need to mimic this when you are watering. Some people plant them inside pots in the ground to get the most water to the roots.

The best time to harvest them is when they are the size you want. Once they get too big and old they can be a bit tough to eat the skin. The bigger they are the more energy the plant puts into growing fruit, so if you want lots of smaller courgettes remember to harvest regularly.