Courgette - Cucurbita pepo

Courgette or sometimes referred to as zucchini. Sow in pots indoors in April, planting 2 seeds per 75cm (3in) pot, push seeds in sideways to reduce the chance of them rotting. They need gentle heat to germinate, so put them on a warm windowsill. Remove the weaker seedling after they have produced their first pair of true leaves. Plant outside where they are to grow, in early May.

They like moist, very rich soil in a sunny position. Water regularly.

Keep harvesting courgettes from July, when they are small, to encourage further production.

Suggested sowing time:


(Key: sow indoors,   sow outside,   sow outside under cover.)

Culinary use:

They don't freeze very well, because of their high water content. If you have too many, try grating them and using them in burgers or lasagne.

Varieties:

'Afrodite'
'Atena' - Yellow skinned variety.
'Gold rush' - A yellow skinned variety.
'Tuscany' - Large crop with good resistance to mildew.

Seeds to plant now:

Indoors or in a heated greenhouse

Coriander

Cress

Forget-me-not

Ornamental pepper

Sunflower

Outside

Alpine wallflower

Alyssum

Amaranthus

Basil

Beetroot

Cabbage

Campanula

Cardoon

Carrot

Courgette

Cress

Double daisy

Foxglove

Honesty

Kohl rabi

Lettuce

Marrow

Pansy

Radish

Rock cress, Aubrieta, Aubrietia

Runner bean

Spinach

Spring onion

Sweet William

Swiss chard

Turnip

Wallflower

Outside under cover

Cucumber