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.)

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:

C. pepo 'Afrodite'
C. pepo var. Giromontina 'All Green Bush'
C. pepo 'Atena' - Yellow skinned variety.
C. pepo 'Gold rush' - A yellow skinned variety.
C. pepo 'Piccolo'
C. pepo 'Tuscany' - Large crop with good resistance to mildew.
C. pepo 'Zucchini'

Seeds to plant now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse

Hollyhock

Lettuce

Outside

Broad bean

Outside under cover

Onion