Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Cour­gettes Given the news that cour­gettes are now in short sup­ply be­cause of the ter­ri­ble weather in Mur­cia, south­ern Spain, where most of our cour­gettes come from, it’s about time to grow our own.

It’s too early to start them off now, but have a look at seed cat­a­logues to de­cide which type you want to grow.

Sow seeds singly in small pots in­doors in late April, plant­ing out the seedlings in early June when all dan­ger of frost has passed, hard­en­ing them off first.

Space them 60cm apart in each di­rec­tion for com­pact types, or 90cm-1.2m apart for reg­u­lar va­ri­eties, which need a lot of room.

Wa­ter young plants reg­u­larly and ap­ply liq­uid tomato feed ev­ery week when the fruits are form­ing. You won’t need more than two or three plants to have more than enough for all sum­mer.

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