• Alison Murray

Things to do in the garden during lockdown day 58: plant out courgettes and squashes.

The frosts are over and it is safe to release courgettes, squash and pumpkins into the veg patch.

The Cucurbits are a family with a few rules - they don't like frost, and they do demand a lot of space and like to be well fed, (horse manure and a weekly dose of liquid feed will do the trick). Other than that they are dead easy to grow and at peak season the rewards are seemingly endless. Courgettes grow at a fantastic rate and keep on giving. Plants, like kids, do most of their growing at night, and there is nothing better than collecting the fruits of their night's labour early on sunny summer mornings. Bored of Netflix? Time-lapse footage of pumpkins ballooning under the stars makes for fab viewing.


Squash and pumpkins have a slightly different production strategy, they produce multiple fruit pretty much all in one go which ripen as their leaves die back. Looks dreadful, tastes great, and they keep for an absolute age in cool conditions. This is what garages are for: bicycles and squashes.


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