Gardening

How to plant courgettes in the garden

If you are going to plant a vegetable garden, then courgettes are a healthy, tasty and easy-to-maintain addition – perfect for use in the kitchen, both in savory and sweet dishes.

Types of courgette

If you have a vegetable garden or are going to plant a vegetable garden , consider sowing courgette – from the pumpkin family, courgettes are delicious in the kitchen and a rich source of calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A and C. Divided into two categories – creepers and creepers – there are courgettes of various types, shapes, sizes and colors. They are also characterized by a yellow flower that precedes the birth of the courgette itself, encouraging its continuous production.

Creeper

  • Courgette Cocozelle: with a cylindrical presentation, it is characterized by its light and dark green stripes; are courgettes with larger dimensions, reaching a length of 35 cm; it takes between 45 and 50 days to bear fruit.
  • Courgette Tondo Chiaro di Nizza: with a rounded shape, the size of an orange, it is presented in light green tones; it takes between 50 and 55 days to bear fruit.
  • Courgette Di Faenza: narrow, short and light green, this courgette needs between 45 and 50 days to bear fruit.
  • Courgette Striato d’Italia: shaped like a cylinder, it is presented in dark green tones and light stripes; it takes between 45 and 50 days to bear fruit.
  • Courgette Aristocrat: green, wide and cylindrical in shape, needs between 45 and 50 days to bear fruit.
  • Courgette Greyzini: shaped like a cylinder, it is presented in green-gray tones and light stripes; it takes between 50 and 55 days to bear fruit.

 

Bindweed

  • Spineless courgette: cylindrical and dark green, the pulp of this type of courgette is extremely tasty; it takes between 45 and 50 days to bear fruit.
  • Courgette Tromboncino: wide and cylindrical in shape, has a light green hue and reaches a length of 25 cm; it takes between 50 and 55 days to bear fruit.
  • Courgette Gold Rush: yellow and cylindrical, with a white pulp; it takes between 50 and 55 days to bear fruit.
  • Courgette Condor: shaped like a cylinder, it has dark green tones and light spots; it takes between 45 and 50 days to bear fruit.
  • Courgette Séneca Milano: dark green and cylindrical in shape, it is a very tasty courgette; it takes between 40 and 45 days to bear fruit.
  • Courgette Roly Poly: with a rounded shape, it is characterized by its light green tones, yellow spots and nutty flavor; it takes between 45 and 50 days to bear fruit.

Choosing and sowing courgettes

Once you’ve chosen the type of courgette you want to plant, you can buy it as a seed or as a potted plant – make sure that the latter is healthy in appearance, with several branches and that they are not broken, nor contain insects or traces of them. In the spring, preferably 2 or 3 weeks before the last frost, sow courgettes in small peat pots, keeping them in a protected place. In late spring, when the weather is warmer, transplant the small plants into the garden or vegetable garden: courgettes require an airy place, with plenty of direct sunlight and a land rich in nutrients (add fertilizer and/ or organic matter). Flat courgettes require more space than their climbing plants, so keep that in mind when planting. With a width between 60 cm and 3m50cm and a height between 30cm and 80cm, each plant produces, on average, 20 courgettes.

Its maintenance

Courgettes do not require much maintenance work in the garden, except for frequent thinning, in order to encourage their flowering and, consequently, the development of new fruits. Watering must be constant, especially after the formation of courgettes, which, despite needing a lot of water to grow well and fast, do not appreciate excessively moist soil, but rather well drained.

Cultivation and consumption

Courgettes should be harvested when they are 5 cm wide and 15-20 cm long – this is when they are most delicious. To remove them from the plant, cut by the stem, respecting a distance of about 3 cm from the courgette itself. Ideal for countless recipes, courgette can be kept in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for at least a week. Courgettes can still be frozen – it is only recommended that you cut the courgette into slices, scalding them 1 or 2 minutes before freezing them. For those who don’t know, the courgette flower itself is edible, being widely used in Italian cuisine, where it is fried before being savored. Enjoy it … next year there is more!

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