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Courgette, sum. squash (Curcubita pepo)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

Courgettes, which are just baby marrows, and their close relatives the summer squashes (think butternut, gem and patty pan) all grow quickly on very vigorous plants. Given plenty of water and a rich soil, you can be picking these throughout the summer and autumn. Their flavour is best when picked young.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonyok
Lightok
Loamyprefer
Heavyok
pH5.5 - 7.0
Manure
Previous cropdislike
Previous autumnprefer
Before plantingok
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadedislike
Shadedislike
Exposure
Opendislike
Shelteredprefer

Sow indoors

sow indoors sow indoors

Sow two seeds to a pot 2cm deep - on their side, not flat, to prevent rotting. Thin to the strongest seedling. Harden off for two weeks before planting out.


plant plant

Between plants: 90cm
Between rows: 90cm

Plant out after all danger of frost has passed, using cloches in colder areas. Fill a hole 30 x 30 x 30cm with well-rotted manure and/or compost and create a mound on top. This will help ensure they are well-drained. Plant at the centre of this and keep well-watered from the sides, not above, as this may encourage rotting. Mulch with grass clippings, spent manure or even black plastic to keep the roots moist.


harvest harvest

Cut continuously when courgettes are about 10cm long. They are not only tastier at this size but leaving them longer may discourage further fruits. Marrows should be around 20cm long while squashes taste best at around 5-10cm in diameter.


Sow outdoors

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 90cm
Between rows: 90cm

Fill a hole 30 x 30 x 30cm with well-rotted manure and/or compost and create a mound on top. This will help ensure they are well-drained. Plant three seeds 2cm deep at the centre of each mound after all danger of frost has passed, using cloches in colder areas. Remove all but the strongest seedling and keep well-watered from the sides, not above, as this may encourage rotting. Mulch with grass clippings, spent manure or even black plastic to keep the roots moist.


harvest harvest

Cut continuously when courgettes are about 10cm long. They are not only tastier at this size but leaving them longer may discourage further fruits. Marrows should be around 20cm long while squashes taste best at around 5-10cm in diameter.


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Organic matter is the key (jamiemac - 22:31 19/09/2012) Report inappropriate tip
Curcubits (courgettes pumpkins cucumbers etc) are v. thirsty and hungry. Organic matter (compost well-rotted manure) is the key - dig it in mulch. Alternatively grow them on a near-mature compost heap before spreading it in the autumn.
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