Some of the courgettes have been planted out into the vegetable garden. We usually wait till the end of May before planting them out, as there is still a risk of frost. The nights are cold, but covered with a glass dome, they should be safe.
The seeds were grown in pots, and are looking healthy.
Courgettes prefer an open well drained site. Traditionally, marrows were always planted on the farm muck heap. So, we try to mimmick those conditions, by digging a large hole and filling it half full with well rotted farm yard manure. This is covered by some fibrous, strawy material, and then soil. The courgette is usually planted on a slight mound.
Slugs adore courgettes, and break off the growing tip. So we surround the plant with soot, if we can find it, because the slugs will not move through soot. This year soot is in short supply here, so we have surrounded the plant with light sand – hoping that the slugs will not like that either!
The newly planted courgette is covered with a glass jar, jam jar, or whatever is available. This will reduce transpiration, and stop the plant wilting because of the wind. The glass will also protect the plant from cold nights.
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