8th April 2020
Grow Your Own Courgettes – A Guide to Growing Courgettes Yourself
One of the best ways to live a more sustainable life is by growing your own vegetables and growing courgettes is a great place to start.
Courgettes are one of my favourite vegetables as they are so versatile and nutritious in cooking. In the garden, they are one of the most generous vegetables in terms of bang for your buck; one tiny seed can give you enough courgettes to last all summer! Whether you’re a beginner in your veggie patch or a seasoned gardener, courgettes are a staple to your grow-your-own plot. This post will tell you everything you need to know to get growing courgettes immediately!
You can either choose to start growing courgette plants indoors, or wait until the last frost has gone and plant them straight outside (usually around late May to early June). If you choose to throw them in at the deep end, make sure you cover them for as long as possible, to reduce the change of the cold killing them off when they are still young and delicate.
Because the British weather is so indecisive, I recommend starting growing your courgettes around March/ April indoors and then acclimatising them to the outdoors in May. Because they will already be well-established, they will be a bit more resistant to fight off any unexpected cold spells, and will be ready to face the world independently by early June.
Quick info on growing courgettes yourself:
- Courgette seeds are large and easy to work with.
- One seed should produce one plant.
- Each courgette plant will produce between 1-4 courgettes per week.
- Courgette plants grow quite large and take over the space they’ve got available to them.
- Courgettes can easily be grown in a prepared vegetable patch, or in a grow bag. You can even grow them in a bag of compost stood upright with the top of the bag chopped off.
What you’ll need:
- Courgette seeds: I usually get mine from a local garden centre but you can buy them on Amazon too. I use the Black Beauty variety.
- Pots: I save plastic plant pots and reuse them. You could use an empty margarine tub or a ceramic pot – just make sure it’s got holes in the bottom for water to drain out. Each pot should be deep enough to contain around 3-4 inches deep of compost.
- Compost: Depending on your set up you may need a few 20l bags. I don’t use anything fancy, usually Lidl do a really cheap one which works as good as anything else! You can also buy some from Amazon here.
- Covers for your seedlings: A growhouse, a few cloches (these ones look good), a small polytunnel or even some old plastic bottles with the bottoms chopped off them will work. My exact growhouse isn’t on Amazon anymore but this one is similar.
How to grow your own courgettes
Will you be growing courgettes yourself this season? I hope this post helps guide you on caring for your courgette plants!
For more sustainable living tips, see my other posts here.
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