Courgette seeds

Courgette

Growing Suggestions

Sow courgette seeds in pots indoors from April and plant out in May; or sow directly in the soil in early-mid May. The plants are very cold sensitive so cover them with fleece if there is a danger of frost. For an extended harvest do two sowings, one in April and one early June. Squashes are hungry and benefit from a good dose of manure or compost added to the soil before planting.

Courgette growing calendar
Courgette growing calendar

Crop History

Courgettes are a member of the species Cucurbita pepo which was one of the first crop species to be domesticated; seeds have been found in Mexico which date back 10,000 years! They spread very quickly due to their ability to grow in many different climates. Courgettes are immature fruits and if left on the plant they will get huge and contain many seeds.

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