GROWING GORGEOUS MARROWS AND COURGETTES

One of the easiest, and,perhaps one of the fastest-growing of garden vegetables. In recent years plant breeders have concentrated on producing new varieties which are particularly ideal for gathering young as courgettes.

VARIETIES

Marrows

‘Long Green’ ‘Trailing’ ‘Green Bush’ Large and cylindrical with pale stripes. A good all-rounder – striped green marrow.

Couraettes

‘Zucchini’ Gold Rush’ Dark green fruits produced in profusion. Yellow variety.

Site and Soil

Select an open, sunny position and dig in some well-rotted manure or compost. The practice of growing on compost or manure heaps can encourage excessive leaf growth at the expense of fruits.

Seed Sowing

Sow seeds in a glasshouse in April in 7.5 cm (3 inch) pots or in peat blocks. This helps the plants develop rapidly as none of the roots are damaged at planting. Sow the seeds 25 mm (1 inch) deep and keep the temperature at 15°C (60&F). Transplant to the cropping site in June.

Seeds can be sown outdoors in late May. Sow 3 seeds/site and thin to leave the strongest one once germination and emergence has taken place.

Routine Work

Keep the plants well-watered and hoe between them to control weeds. These plants produce male and female flowers, and cross-pollination by hand will increase cropping. Pinch out the growing point of trailing marrows when they are 60 cm long.

Pests and Diseases

Pests include aphid and red spider mite. Diseases include grey mould and powdery mildew.

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