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Growing Vegetables in Containers

Not everyone has a large garden, an allotment, a vegetable plot to grow vegetables.

That doesn’t mean you can’t still grow a few home-grown, fresh vegetables when you want them. If you have room for a pot, grow bag, or even a window box.of any size then there is nothing to stop you from having a go at growing your own.

Courgette Shooting Star
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Courgette Shooting Star Seeds, average packet contents :  10 seeds

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Courgette Shooting Star is a new British bred 'climbing' courgette variety with an upright habit and good yields of yellow fruits that are less watery than other varieties.

It is well suited for growing against an angled trellis against a fence. Tie the stems regularly to help support the weight of the fruits. Great for smaller gardens and making the fruits easy to pick.

The fruits themselves are best picked when typically 15-20cm in length and have a good sweet flavour.

Courgette Shooting Star Sowing Guidelines
When to Sow Seeds: April - Early June
Germination Temperature: 18C +
Cover Seed: Lightly
Time to Germinate: 5 - 7 Days
Frost Hardy: No
Spacing Between Plants: 90cm

General Courgette Growing Tips

Courgettes belong to the same family of vegetables as squashes and pumpkins. From seed to harvesting, you can plant and start picking in as little as 6 weeks. Courgette plants are prolific and will grow in abundance almost anywhere - chances are you will end up giving away many of the vegetables to family and friends because you will have more courgettes than you care to eat.

  • We recommend sowing into pots and then planting out after the risk of frost has past. Fill a 9 cm pot with good compost and place the seed approx. 1cm deep, water and place then pot in warm position.
  • After a week you should see the first leaves emerging. Move to a light but frost free position and grow on until big enough to plant out.
  • Before planting hoe the garden patch to loosen and aerate the soil. Once planted water in well, then water again every other day until the plants are established.
  • Avoid using too much fertilizer, Courgettes are so robust that over fertilizing the plants could cause them to take over your garden, whilst producing only a few fruits.
  • Prune the plants once the vegetables begin to develop. Remove offshoots from the main vines and some of the leaves to let in more sunlight. This diverts plant energy to the developing vegetables.
  • Courgettes are best harvested when they are about 15cm long and still tender.
  • The main problem you may encounter is mildew - usually from september onwards.

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