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NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,800

? Do I just need to make a trench of manure and then sow the courgettes or is there anything else to ensure they get a good start

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  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    Are you asking this question in advance of next Spring when you sow courgettes? Or is this a question about how you prepare the soil for planting courgettes next year?
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 18,968

    Fertilize the ground in the Autumn, sow the seeds indoors in April, plant out in June. Allow 4ft in all directions, they love to sprawl

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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  • If you grow black forest, they wont sprawl, they climb (of a fashion), ive got 4 plants in about 2 maybe 3 ft of space, definately worth a try image

    But as the others say, no need to start them til at least april image
  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,800


    How to prepare the area I have chosen for Spring planting out

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  • Mel MMel M Posts: 347

    Courgettes and marrow like it rich, rich, rich. Compost and chicken manure pellets now -- Compost, Growmore or similar and manure in Spring. The ground must be well draining and they like sun.

  • True to Mel M's advice above - I've started prepping my 'courgette etc' raised bed with a liberal forking in of organic pelleted chicken manure, to be followed by the contents of the 'mature' compost bin in very short order.

    **HotTip: Wilkos have many of their own-label seed packs at half price at present, courgettes included & (mostly) well in date!! Shop early for 2015.....??

  • My chickens are weeding and fertilising my courgette area ready for next year, saves me spreading it. this is what we also did last year and the plants were monsters. Had a few hiding and turning in to marrows so having an experiment with marrow wine - should be fun! 


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