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

Cress

Lettuce

Ornamental pepper

Outside

Ageratum

Alpine poppy

Alyssum

Brussels sprout

Cabbage

Carrot

Cauliflower

Cress

Hollyhock

Larkspur

Lettuce

Normandy sorrel

Onion

Radish

Rock cress, Aubrieta, Aubrietia

Spinach

Spring cabbage

Spring onion

Swiss chard

Outside under cover

Cauliflower

Lettuce