Courgettes need a wee bit of care at the beginning - but once they get started, there's no stopping them!
Each courgette plant can get surprisingly large, and one plant can produce enough courgettes for a family for two months. Suitable for large outdoor planters, as well as the vegetable patch.
All the vegetable seeds we sell are organic, and the variety of courgette we currently stock is Nero di Milano (Cucurbita pepo var. cylindrica).
This dark green, smooth skinned courgette is a great, reliable cropper. Delicious raw, roasted in pieces or turned into soup.
How to grow courgettes
Sow your courgette seeds April-May, on a windowsill or in a greenhouse. Courgettes do need plenty of light and warmth to get going, so choose a sunny spot.
Fill small flowerpots with compost and put one seed in each, 2cm deep and on its 'edge'. Water regularly.
Coir (the fibre extracted from the outer husk of coconuts) is peat-free, and can be used as an alternative to traditional compost to get the seeds started.
However, coir does not contain the nutrients courgette plants need to grow large. Once each seedling has developed 4-6 leaves, transplant into a larger pot filled with good quality, multi-purpose potting compost.
Keep growing indoors until the weather is relatively warm (late May onwards). You can then plant your courgettes directly into the soil outside, or into large compost-filled planters that are at least 45cm in diameter.
Choose a sunny location. If planting directly into the soil, dig in plenty of garden compost or well-rotted manure first, and allow at least 60cm between plants.
Continue to water regularly.
Harvest your courgettes by cutting the stalks with a sharp knife when they're 15-20cm in length.
Top tip: Courgettes need to stay really well-hydrated as they grow. If your land is on a slope, create a trench / hollow around your courgette when you plant it out. This will help any water reach the roots, rather than running away down the slope.
From plot to plate!
Courgette is delicious raw, grated or spiralised in salads. It's also perfect roasted or turned into soup. And that's before you use it to make martinis and chocolate cake!
How to order
If you'd like to buy just one or two packets of our courgette seeds, please visit our online shop.
If you'd like to buy 50 or more packets, for larger scale gardening or grow-your-own ventures, we offer good bulk discounts. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can give you a custom quotation for your project.