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Scared for my courguettes

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by Vicym, May 27, 2021.

  1. JWK

    JWK Gardener Staff Member

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    My last packet of Parthenon were in the Wyevale 50p sale, sadly a thing of the past.
     
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    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    I'm sure its still going on somewhere.
    Much like the DFS one is.:roflol:
     
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      13 Courgette plants, but this morning there were 3 females open and no males!

      But although I normally keep removing male flowers from my giant marrow plants until my planned dates for setting marrows, I'd spotted a shortage in male Courgette flowers and left some to use :phew:


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      P.S. If thinking of seed saving from courgettes, don't grow ornamental gourds anywhere near them, because it's cross pollination with those that can cause 'killer courgettes' Dangerous Courgettes!
       
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        It's time to be scared when your 13 Courgette plants each start producing 3 courgettes a day!

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          We usually save seed from our better producing plants.

          Most of ours are the reverse at the moment with still getting lots of males and few females. One plant producing well and two just getting going. All the others are just males.
           
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          The trouble is that usually takes the best producing plants out of action as they then put all their efforts into growing huge seed filled cougettes rather than lots of small tender ones, making it important to grow in excess of requirements so some plants can be turned over to seed production.

          I'm growing about 6 varieties and it's now time for monitoring production of each one so I can narrow it down a bit next year.
           
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            We normally let the plants produce as normal until we get near the end of the season and then leave one courgette on the two best plants to grow big enough for seed. By then the others are producing more than enough for our cooking and selling.

            Good point about ornamentals :blue thumb: but, fortunately, we don't grow them.
             
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              Bees fly between 1 and 5 miles pollinating flowers.
               
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                Hopefully nobody within that distance grows ornamentals. :fingers crossed: I don't know anyone in the village that does. :noidea:
                 
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                I've had a problem with caterpillars on my cauliflowers, but now it appears somethings eating my courgette flowers, any idea what it is and how to stop it?
                 
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                pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                Probably slugs or snails, it isn't a problem as long as they are still getting pollenated.
                 
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                  Put butterfly netting over your caulis to keep the cabbage whites off. Pick off the caterpillars by hand and squash them.
                   
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