Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● 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.

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