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

Ageratum

Alyssum

Aubergine

Cardoon

Cauliflower

Celeriac

Celery

Columbine

Cress

Cucumber

Lettuce

Lobelia

Ornamental pepper

Pepper

Petunia

Salvia

Tomato

Outside

Alyssum

Amaranthus

Asparagus

Beetroot

Borecole

Broccoli

Brussels sprout

Cabbage

Carrot

Cauliflower

Courgette

Hollyhock

Lettuce

Normandy sorrel

Onion

Parsnip

Radish

Runner bean

Spinach

Spring onion

Sweet pea

Outside under cover

Brussels sprout

Carrot

Cauliflower

Cucumber

French marigold

Leek

Lettuce

Marrow

Onion

Pea

Snapdragon

Sweet corn

Tomato