How to grow...Courgettes!

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Here is a quick guide to growing...courgettes.

Courgettes originated from giant pumpkins and were brought to Europe, where it was changed into a small squash or 'Zuchini'.
Courgettes are seen in many colours: from Dark Green to Yellow to Orange.  
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Sowing...

Generally, all varieties of Courgettes are sown and grown the same.
Use seed trays or pots with some good quality compost and push the seed in so it stands vertically. Water well and stand in a bright, warm place. Keep soil moist.
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Planting Out...

After about four weeks, the seedling will be developing its third leaf. Any time from now is suitable for planting out. Make sure the threat of frost has passed. Also, it is a good time to harden off the seedling. Re-pot the plant (if neccesary) and leave outside in a sheltered spot during the day, and bring it in at night. After about a week - the plant would have adapted to the cooler temperatures outside. To plant out, dig a football-sized hole and fill with compost, carefully plant the seedling in the middle and pat down the soil around it. The more you pressed down the soil the better it will be anchored. You can also plant in grow-bags or pots. As long as there is plenty of nutrition soil or compost - the plants will thrive.
 Courgette plants need about a metre or 3 foot space all round it, as well as plenty of water. Especially, when fruits develop - this is also a good time to feed the plant.
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Picking Fruit...

Once fruits are around 10cm long, they are ready to pick. Use a sharp knife and cut the veg from the plant cleanly. Picking fruit will encourage more to grow. 
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