Good enough to eat
●● Courgettes IT’S almost time to put those courgettes you’ve been keeping under cover in their final positions in the garden, once all danger of frost has passed.
They take up a lot of space, but if you can find room in a border or patio tub you should have a constant supply of tender courgettes throughout summer. Prepare your planting hole, adding plenty of organic matter and leave a low mound, planting the plant into the top of the mound, to direct excess rain away from the base of the plant and help to prevent stem rot. Water the plant thoroughly.
If you’re planting in a border allow at least 1m between each plant and row. Keep the area well-weeded. If you’re planting in a container, make sure it’s big enough to hold 30 litres of compost.
Once flowering starts in July and August, give the plant a good soak weekly and feed plants regularly with a dilute tomato feed. Pick fruits regularly to encourage cropping. Good varieties include ‘Defender and ‘Sunburst’, which has bright yellow flattened and scalloped fruits.