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I am growing courgettes in the greenhouse for the first time this year. I'm not sure if this is a good idea - maybe they would be better outside but I don't have much room. I was wondering, do they need all their leaves or can I remove some - they are taking over the bench.
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  • I couldn't agree more! If anybody hasn't grown courgettes before I find them the most satisfying and easy vegetable to grow. I have been gardening for 3 only years.
    In the past I have bought plants from a garden centre and they have grown briliantly. This year I took the plunge and grew from seed and they all grew! My friends were delighted with their courgette plant present.
  • I wouldn't cut the leaves. Do you have a pot you could put them in? This works really well. You'd need quite a large one because you are right space is vital for courgette plants. They will be fine outside if you can find them a pot.
  • Pippa, we've given up courgettes on the allotment, but still have a few in the garden. I'm not sure of the varieties, but those remaining are what you describe as a more 'classic' form. The smallholding seeds were inherited from a previous owner; I've no idea what they were, but they added a little extra to the pub quiz when the various amusingly shaped surplus vegetables were passed around to other team members. Bring back "That's Life" Esther.
  • Thanks, Sarah. I'll put them in large heavy outer pots and move them outside.
  • I have tried growing cucumbers for the last 2 years with no success the leaves gradually get paler, does not produce any fruit and finally failes completely. I feed regularly with a tomato feed. What am I doing wrong?
  • Pippa
    This year I've grown courgettes in the allotment and at home. Many in 8" pots. I can't grow enough as family and friends adored them last year. I find pot plants grow better left in a shady area in the morning where they can gradually warm during the rest of the day. Make sure there is a plastic bottle in a pot that can constantly drip water all day during a hot day - then you can't go wrong.They're also growing successfully in my herbaceous border nicely filling unwanted gaps.
  • I have 4 corgette plants in my green house, the leaves are huge and they are producing a lot of lovely yellow flowers, but no corgettes yet, when should I be starting to see some veg?? First timer

    Thanks
  • we only seem to have male flowers, no sign of any female ones at all
  • i HAVE OFTEN GROWN MARROWS BUT THIS YEAR THEY GET ABOUT FIVE INCHES LONG AND THEN GO ALL SOGGY AND DROP OFF. wHAT DO I DO PLEASE?
  • Having the same problem as Pams. Growing courgettes for the first time lots and lots of big yellow flowers but no sign of anything yet !!!! male and female flowers ??? help please
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