Courgettes and marrows

by Jane Moore

I always worry about the allotment when I go on holiday. Will it all dry out or get a thorough soaking?

Trug containing courgettes and marrowsI always worry about the allotment when I go on holiday. Will it all dry out or get a thorough soaking? Luckily the plot was well watered when I slipped away for a wet and windy week in Cornwall.

I may not have appreciated the weather very much but my vegetables certainly have. The beans have grown well beyond the tops of their poles and have produced a good few handfuls to harvest, which will sort out a few meals this week.

My herbs and rocket have rocketed away and are good for a few salads and sandwiches. But the most spectacular growers have been the courgettes, or are they marrows? I guess it’s been a good 10 days or more since they were last picked, and they’ve loved this warm, wet weather. I groaned out loud when I saw them – well you couldn’t miss them – two beautifully formed, marbled green and blemish-free marrows. I whipped them off straight away in the hope of producing more normally sized courgettes in the next week or so.

Now I’m hunting for my old favourite Sophie Grigson marrow soup recipe, the best marrow recipe I have found in years of extensive research. It’s certainly not the first time I’ve accidentally grown marrows!

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Gardeners' World Web User 05/08/2009 at 15:08

my courgettes this year have produced only male flowers so the yield has been almost nil can anyone suggest a way to get more produce.

Gardeners' World Web User 06/08/2009 at 17:31

I have grown Courgettes since the early 70's when the local farmers kept telling me you had to grow marrows on muck heaps - because of courgette overload my otherhalf begged me to grow only 3 plants = disaster - here we are 1st week in Aug and only 3 fruit to pick - fruit get to 3/4" and then go bad - is it the RAIN we have had in MidWales or just bad luck ?

Gardeners' World Web User 07/08/2009 at 13:02

My Courgettes have also gone rotten at the end, even after I have picked the flowers off. Can only harvest small ones about 5 inches long. What causes this? Or is it specific to a type??

Gardeners' World Web User 07/08/2009 at 15:54

My COURGETTES are growing ROUND !!!!!! ALL PLANTS EVEN START ROUND are these in fact courgettes ???? PLEASE help !!! GreenKeith

Gardeners' World Web User 07/08/2009 at 20:15

I did not grow courgettes. I grew cucumbers and the same thing happened to them. I have now grown another two plants hoping that they will do better.

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