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I'm sure I've read somewhere that courgettes can be grown on compost heaps; ours is the usual mix of garden rubbish & horse manure.  Am I right and has anyone successfully done this?


  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    Well I've never done it myself as I have dalek compost bins, but I have read about it and it does seem to be a common practice. I suppose if your compost heap is in a shady position then the courgette might not do so well. If you google growing courgettes on compost heaps I'm sure you'll get more explicit advice.
  • Heather4Heather4 Posts: 5

    Thanks for your help.

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,730

    You sure can grow courgettes on compost heaps as long as there's plenty of sun as figrat says. Squash and pumpkins, too. Look at the number of volunteer veg that pop up from compost heaps.

  • Heather4Heather4 Posts: 5

    Good - all of the compost heaps are in full sun so this will be perfect and save me some space in my raised beds.  Thanksimage

  • Green MagpieGreen Magpie Posts: 802

    I tried this last year but the courgette plant was promptly eaten by slugs or snails. it's not so easy to protect the plant from these pests on a compost heap.

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    Just browsed through Sarah Raven's 'The Great Vegetable Plot' and she recommends making a planting hole on top of heap, filling with molehill soil or I guess good mpc would do. And with regard to Green Magpie's post, using effective slug deterrent of your choice.
  • flowergirl4flowergirl4 Posts: 60

    Hi...I have a large container(with drainage holes in) with horse manure in and on top of that i have put about 4 inches of potting compost and planted a courgette plant and its florishing...seems to be a new leaf everyday..its great as its not too big to move about the garden so it gets lots of sun....

  • RobotRobot Posts: 137

    I get cow manure from a local farmer and during the summer he grows squash and courgettes on top of his pile - no soil, just pure manure.  Mind you, he has fabulous veg. 

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    You really will have a struggle to keep the slugs and snails away from them on the compost heap.

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