Expect a heavy crop of long dark emerald green courgettes from this reliable and early cropper.
This delicious summer vegetable has a wide range of uses, while any which become too big to be used as courgettes can be left to grow into marrows.
For the most tender fruit, pick when no more than 15cm/6in long.
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How to Guide
Sow seeds individually on their edge in small pots of moist seed compost 2cm (1in) deep. Place in warmth 15-18C (60-65F). As seedlings develop, grow on under cool, light conditions, but not in bright sun.
Water sowing positions, then sow two or three seeds close together in a group 2cm (1in) deep. Allow 90cm (36in) between groups. After germination, leave only the strongest seedling in each group.
Row Spacing90cm / 36in
Sowing Distance90cm / 36in
Hardening Off/Planting Out
Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions for 2-3 weeks before planting out to their cropping positions when danger of frost has passed. Allow 90cm (36in) between plants.
Water freely and frequently, especially during dry spells.