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Post by lukeofyorkshire » Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:30 pm
I realise it's a bit out of season for this but it's a good time to get planning for it.

I only have a small garden but I have grown loads of courgettes this year. If you like courgettes I heartily recommned you grow some next year. They are so productive and easy to care for and can go in pasta, salad, mexican, chinese, indian, anything!!

I usually start mine on a window sill, plant 12 seeds, usually get 8-10 come up, grow them on indoors until the risk of first frost has gone and plant them out.

I tend to plant them indoors end of Feb and usually large by time go outside in May and have got a good head start and you get more courgettes. One plant can yield as many as 50 courgettes in a good year and bad year can still be a few dozen.

All for usually £2.50 for a packet of seeds!! Especially when 3 small courgettes will cost you £2 in the shops.....
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Post by Shining » Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:33 pm
A very good post Luke, I wouldn't personally eat them and to be fair never use them but I'm sure daughter and hubby would like them. x
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Post by lukeofyorkshire » Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:42 pm
It's my favourite vegetable lesley, you should really try them in a lasagne mmmmmmm [:)]

You should grow them some lesley, it would save a fair bit on the food bill if you can bulk up dishes with this versatile veg.
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Post by Pandy » Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:44 pm
Hmmmm love corgettes, never thought about growing them though, could you use a pot instead of a ground plot as our backyard is concrete.. Do they need supports or anything
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Post by lukeofyorkshire » Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:46 pm
Oh by the way before someone asks, I do not work for the Courgette Council of Britain lol [:P]. I wonder if such an organisation exists.....
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Post by lukeofyorkshire » Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:49 pm
Pandy you can use pots or grow bags (I would suggest grow bags unless you use massive pots as one the ones I have grown in pots haven't done so well).

I have grown them one year in bags in a concrete yard no problem. They are not like weak tomatoes, they need ZERO support. Just water everyday if no rain and use a feed in the water once a week to give them a boost. Since I first did it 5 years ago I have always grown them, no idea why people pay for these things during the summer when they can grow them easily!!
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Post by Pandy » Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:54 pm
Really going to have a go at this now sounds good and I love them so for me well worth it, they are so nice cooked on a BBQ. Remind me at the time when you are doing them as I know I will forget come next Feb.
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Post by lukeofyorkshire » Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:58 pm
Haha yeah it is a way off, I'll bump this thread at the time. I have just set a reminder in my phone to tell me to do it hahaha.

Agree you canna beat a bit of beef, courgette, peppar and mushroom done on a skewer on the BBQ mmmmm.
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Post by kallis3 » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:03 pm
I hate courgettes!
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Post by nepensioner » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:05 pm
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Post by lukeofyorkshire » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:05 pm
kallis3 wrote:

I hate courgettes!
Guess you are out then!

So you are Courgettist then, how intolerant [:p]
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Post by kallis3 » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:11 pm
I must be![:D]

I like a lot of vegetables, but not them or aubergines so no moussaka for me either!
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Post by lukeofyorkshire » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:18 pm
Hmm I guess they like marmite you either love them or hate them [:D]
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Post by kallis3 » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:22 pm
I'm fine with Marmite!

Mind you, I never used to like parsnips and I love them now!
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Post by lukeofyorkshire » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:25 pm
Mmm parsnips!! Reminds me of an ex-girlfriend I was out with and we had all-you-can-eat buffet, she loaded up her plate with roast parsnips thinking they were chips and said 'Uhhh these chips taste funny!' [:D :D]
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