Courgette - Cucurbita pepo
Courgette or as 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.)
Because of their high water content they don't freeze very well. If you have a glut of them, try grating or 'spiralising' them into salads and stir fries or using them in burgers or lasagne.
Cultivars and varieties:
Cucurbita pepo 'Afrodite'
Cucurbita pepo 'Atena' - Yellow skinned variety.
Cucurbita pepo 'Gold rush' - A yellow skinned variety.
Cucurbita pepo 'Piccolo'
Cucurbita pepo 'Tuscany' - Large crop with good resistance to mildew.
Cucurbita pepo 'Zucchini'
Cucurbita pepo var. Giromontina 'All Green Bush'
Seeds to plant now:
Indoor or in a heated greenhouse
Aubretia, Rock cress, Aubrieta, Aubrietia
Basil, Sweet basil, Common basil
Beet, Beetroot, Chard
Beetroot, Garden beet
French bean, fine bean
Italian beetroot, Beetroot, Garden beet
Ornamental winter kale
Spinach, Summer spinach
Swiss chard, Ruby chard, Rhubard chard
Outside under cover