Growing Courgettes

Growing courgette plantsCourgette plants are very easy to grow and very productive.  Pick them when they are small and young for the best flavour, a crisp texture, and to keep them producing.  The flowers, not available in the shops, are delicious too. Forget about steaming them….fry them in olive oil for the ultimate courgette experience – delicious!

A fantastic vegetable plant for beginners as they are reliable, easy, low maintenance and produce a very generous crop.


How to Grow Courgettes – QUICKSTART GUIDE
  • Vegetable Growing Calendar - CourgetteSow indoors in pots April to May
  • Plant outdoors after the risk of frost (late May)
  • Plant 90cm (36in) apart
  • Ready for picking 3 months after sowing
  • Pick the courgettes when they are 10cm (4in) long
  • Harvest regularly to prolong cropping

Planting courgette seeds


Courgette Varieties

Courgette Seeds or Marrow SeedsDefender– heavy cropping, dark green fruits, compact growth suitable for small gardens, RHS Award of Garden Merit. We grow this variety most years – it’s superb!
Safari – striped green courgette, high yields, open habit
Soleil – early cropping, long season, yellow courgettes, high yields
El Greco – early cropping, excellent flavour, mid-green courgettes, RHS Award of Garden Merit
Midnight – ideal for containers, spineless, open habit, dark green fruits

Growing Courgettes

1. Growing Courgettes – QUICKSTART GUIDE to growing courgettes
2. Planting Courgettes – How and when to plant courgette seeds and plants
3. Harvesting Courgettes – How and when to harvest courgettes
4. Freezing Courgettes – How to freeze courgettes
5. Courgette Growing Tips – Some tips to help you grow good courgettes
6. Courgette Problems, Diseases and Pests – If things go wrong with your courgettes, help is at hand
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