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A climbing courgette for small gardens

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Black Forest F1 Hybrid

As you may have already gathered from my previous posts, I love growing and (even more so) eating courgettes. Each year, I put aside a large portion of my vegetable plot to accommodate this creeping, space-hungry annuals.

This morning, I found a new variety of courgette that really caught my eye. Within a few minutes, made an online purchase of Courgette “Black Forest F1 Hybrid”. What really makes this variety special and lead me to make such a compulsive order is that it is a climbing variety of courgette. Yes, you heard me correctly – a climbing courgette!

This is the perfect solution for small gardens. Although my garden isn’t deprived of space, I value every inch of it and this year I will be training Courgette Black Forest up against my south facing white-washed wall and a trellis that runs along my vegetable plot. I was wondering what I’d be planting there – now I have so much more room to play with…what a great find!

Here’s what T&M say about this new variety:

Unique climbing habit, saving space, and best grown in containers on the patio. Courgette Black Forest’s climbing habit, needs supporting and tying. Stems can be trained and tied to a trellis, stout cane, or netting. Courgette Black Forest will produce heavy yields of dark green, smooth, cylindrical 15cm (6in) courgettes if picked regularly. Ideal courgette to grow in a container on the patio.

Sow April-May. Sow seeds 19mm (¾in) deep in 7.5cm (3in) pots of free-draining compost. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag and place at 20-25C (68-77F) until after germination which takes 5-7 days. Seeds can also be sown direct outdoors during May once the soil has warmed, preferably under cloches.

Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for a few days before planting out once all risk of frost has passed, allowing 60cm (24in) between plants if they are to be supported. Keep well watered and pick fruits regularly for a long season of production.

Prefers well-drained, rich, moist soil in full sun.

James Middleton :An obsessive gardener since 1982. Day-time job - web designer and developer and University lecturer.

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