Courgettes and Marrows

Courgettes and Zucchini

In the United Kindom they are called courgettes, in Italy and the USA, they are called zucchini. Courgettes are marrows which are harvested young.They are an easy plant to grow, once rooted they grow quick and will produce lots of fruit.

For best possible growth, courgettes need a sunny, sheltered position and fertile, moist soil. Add plenty of compost or well-rotted manure before planting.

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After the chance of the last frost has passed, Seeds can be sown directly into the soil. Sow a single seed, 1 inch (2.5cm)deep hole and cover over with compost. Best to plant 2 seeds just in case one doesn’t germinate. You can remove the weaker of the two seedlings if they both germinate.

For an early start to the growing season, Seeds can be sown indoors three to four weeks before the last expected frost. Sow a single seed in about 1inch (2.5 cm) deep hole and cover with compost, water and leave in a warm area to propagate.

Germinating temperature is between 16 c-33 c (60 F to 90 F )in lower temperatures seeds may take longer to germinate. Courgette seed Germinates best at 95 F.  Seeds should germinate in a few days with the soil temperature of 70 F and adequate moisture. Wait to plant until the soil reaches at least 65 F  preferably 70 F.  The seeds can be saved for 6 years approximately.

from sowing the seeds you can be cooking your own courgettes within two months – and just a few plants should produce plenty of courgettes.

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