Courgettes come in a variety of colours and shapes. Courgettes have relatively deep root systems that must be kept watered especially in summer heat. This article tells you how to grow, plant, maintain, and, importantly, when and how to pick this fruit that will produce for you all summer long.
Courgettes are a summer crop that grows on non-vining bushes. The plants require warm temperatures and prefer a sunny location although they will also grow in light shade. The soil should be well-drained and medium to rich in organic matter.
Courgettes come in numerous varieties with different fruit shapes, sizes and colours. Depending on the variety, they mature in 45 to 55 days.
Courgettes are one of the most bountiful crops in the garden. One plant supplies sufficient fruit for a family of four over most of the summer.
Courgette plants have male and female flowers. Only the female flowers produce fruit. Bees play a crucial role in the pollination necessary for fruit production. Extended periods of rain mean less bee activity causing poor pollination and a reduced harvest. There are also self-pollinating varieties of courgette that do not require bees for pollination (indicated on the seed package).
Courgettes are part of the squash/melon family. Pick a location where no melon, pumpkin, watermelon, winter squash or cucumbers were grown the previous year.