COURGETTES, PUMPKINS & SQUASH
Types:
  • Courgettes: bush & trailing
  • Summer Squashes, of various types and colours.
  • Pumpkins
  • Winter Squashes
Soil:
Rich, well-drained.
as courgettes.
Sowing Time:
  • late April, germinate indoors/warm greenhouse then plant out late May when frosts have passed.
  • late May- early June, sow outdoors.
  • May need to protect against late frosts.
  • April (germinate indoors/warm greenhouse) then plant out in late May when frosts have passed.
  • May need to protect against late frosts.
Skill required:
low
low-moderate
Growing Tips:
  • Sunny area of garden but keep moist; add well-rotted manure or compost.
  • Raise soil in a low mound before planting seeds (1"-2" deep).
  • Courgettes, 18"-2' apart; squashes, 36"-4' apart.
  • Water soil not plants.
  • Pinch growing tip out of trailing varieties once they are about 30" long.
  • Trailing varieties can be supported on trellises or similar structures.
  • Can be grown in containers.
  • Need long growing and ripening season.
  • Plant seedlings out at about 4 weeks, protect against late frosts.
  • Water soil not plants.
  • Remove any leaves shading the fruits and raise fruits from ground (bricks, straw etc.). Watch for underside rotting, don't let water collect.
  • Keep moist.
  • Protect against early frosts.
  • Can be grown in containers.
Pests:
  • In cool damp weather, fruits may rot; will recover.
  • Slugs - biological control can be expensive but nematodes seems to establish in some soils alleviating the problem.
Mice and other rodents, in garden and when stored.
Harvesting:June - October.

Keep a close check on plants as cool nights come in, rot can quickly set in.

July - October.

If to be stored:

  • Pumpkin or squash must be ripe;
  • storage area must be dry and rodent-proof.
  • produce must be regularly checked for damage or rotting.
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