Growing courgettes from seed is really easy, and you’ll end up with a good, and seasonally regular supply of this kitchen staple. Courgettes will take on the flavour of anything, and taste great in everything from curries to roast dinners.
As we’re getting on in the year, we’re going to look at growing courgettes outdoors. It is important to only plant courgettes outside when the risk of frost has passed. Courgettes have very little frost resistance, and will usually die with the first frost of winter.
Sowing Courgette Seeds
Courgettes should be sown outdoors in the months of May or June. Sow two or three seeds on their sides, around an inch deep. If you can use compost or manure to improve the soil, do so. Courgettes thrive in a rich, heavy, nutritious soil, and they also prefer a sunny spot which is sheltered from the wind. After germination, take out the weaker seedlings, leaving only the strong one. Courgettes are also ideal for growing in a grow bag, should you prefer this.
Courgettes like plenty of water, especially is they’re flowering or the weather is warm. So be sure not to forget about them. If the soil was well fertilised, additional feeding may not be necessary, otherwise, regular liquid feeding will help the courgettes to grow.
Courgettes should be harvested when they are between four and five inches long, with four inches being the optimum size. You can either twist the fruits off by hand, or remove them with a sharp knife. Regularly picking the courgettes will help to keep the plants active. Young fruits will grow very quickly – usually reaching a harvestable size within a couple of days.
Courgettes are best eaten straight away, but they will keep for a few days in the fridge. They are very forthcoming plants, so be prepared to be eating a good crop in every meal for some time. Courgettes can be frozen, but should be chopped and cooked first.
Courgette Recipe Ideas
Now you have all of these courgettes – What can you make with them? Courgettes can be steamed, boiled, roasted, fried, baked, or even microwaved!
- Roast them like chips.
- Use them on barbecue skewers.
- Put them in a curry.
- Make courgette cake.
- Make courgette chutney.
- Put them on a pizza.
- Check out this website for 50 things to do with courgettes.
Enjoy your courgettes!