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.)

Culinary use:

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

Ageratum

Alyssum

Aubergine

Bell Pepper, pepper

Cardoon

Celeriac

Celery

Columbine

Coriander

Cress

Cucumber

Floss flower, Ageratum

Forget-me-not

Ornamental Pepper

Pepper

Tomato

Outside

Alyssum

Amaranthus

Antwerp hollyhock, Fig-leaved hollyhock, hollyhock

Asparagus

Aubretia, Rock cress, Aubrieta, Aubrietia

Beetroot, Garden beet

Borecole, Kale

Bristly hollyhock

Broccoli

Brussels sprout

Cabbage

Carrot

Cauliflower

Common hollyhock

Hollyhock

Kohl rabi

Lettuce

Normandy sorrel

Onion

Ornamental winter kale

Radish

Spinach

Spinach, Summer spinach

Spring onion

Sweet corn

Sweet pea

Turnip

Outside under cover

Brussels sprout

Courgette

French marigold

Leek

Lettuce

Marrow

Onion

Snapdragon

Sweet corn

Tomato